The Gaza Strip: Overview
Following the consolidation of control of Hamas forces throughout the Gaza Strip, relative calm has returned to the streets. People are out in the streets and stores are open. Barring any significant change, UNRWA will restore full operations on Sunday 17 June. The expectation of Gaza residents is that Hamas’ control will increase personal security for civilians.
Between 9 and 13 June, 110 Palestinians were killed and over 550 injured frm inter-factional fighting in Gaza. On14 June, four Palestinians including children were killed in a car and nine others injured in Rafah. Palestinians claim the car was hit by a shell fired from an Israeli tank however, the IDF has denied this.
The major concern among humanitarian agencies is:
Shootings, arrests and abductions of suspected Hamas activists by Fatah militants have occurred in towns and villages in the West Bank in the last three days. One person was killed from these campaigns. Today, two Palestinians killed by the IDF.
Killings and arrests:
Health installations run or supported by Zakat committees alleged to be affiliated to Hamas have been targeted by Fatah forces: a hospital Tulkarm city was damaged during shooting; the Medical Scientific Society center in Bediya (Salfit) was attacked and ransacked; the Al Razi hospital in Jenin that was threatened with closure by the Al Aqsa Brigades on the 14 June but remains open following agreement between the hospital manager and the National Security Forces. Those Forces now guard its entrance.
Damage to property and buildings of alleged Hamas activists have been reported including Hamas PLC offices, a village council building, a charitable association building, two school buses in Tulkarm a TV station in Nablus, and a private car in Bethlehem. No associated injuries have been reported.