|One Palestinian killed and another one injured in ARA
This week, in two separate incidents, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man and injured another, while enforcing restrictions on Palestinian access to areas near the fence separating Israel and the Gaza Strip. This week’s casualties bring the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the announcement of the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hamas on 21 November 2012 to five and the number of injured to 125.
In the first incident, on 10 August, Israeli forces patrolling the fence shot and killed a 34-year-old Palestinian man (married with four children) while he was reportedly attempting to illegally cross the fence into Israel. This year, there has been a significant increase in the number of young Palestinians from Gaza attempting to infiltrate into Israel through the fence in search of work inside Israel; figures from Al Mezan Human Rights Center indicate that approximately 54 people, including 29 children, have been recorded as attempting to enter Israel illegally in 2013, compared to 53 people, including 25 children in all of 2012. While some 26,000 Palestinians from Gaza entered Erez daily, on average, during the first half of 2000, prior to the second Intifada, most for work, fewer than 200 crossed on average each day in the first half of 2013, primarily approved humanitarian cases.
In the second incident, on 11 August, a 21-year-old farmer was injured when Israeli forces stationed near the fence, east of Sheja’iyya, east of Gaza City, opened fire towards Palestinian farmers working their lands approximately 400 metres from the fence, forcing them to leave the area. Also this week, Israeli forces bulldozers and tanks entered approximately 300 meters inside Gaza, east of Al Bureij camp, and conducted land levelling operations before withdrawing.
Israeli restrictions on Palestinian access to fishing areas beyond six nautical miles (NM) from the shore continue. On at least two occasions this week, Israeli naval forces opened fire towards Palestinian fishing boats, northwest of Gaza city and northwest of Beit Lahyia. No injuries were reported, but one boat and some fishing equipment sustained damage. According to human rights groups in Gaza, the boats were located between three and six NM from shore when the incidents occurred.
Also, during the week, Palestinian armed groups reportedly fired from Gaza towards southern Israel two rockets, which landed in an open area in Israel. No injuries or damage were reported.