A peaceful demonstration took place on 5 July in Gaza City of approximately 2,000 residents demanding coordination between Hamas and Fatah to work towards alleviating the current difficult situation.
There were tensions in Gaza city on 5 July, as some PA workers were blocked from entering their offices by Hamas Executive Security Force (ESF) forces enforcing the Thursday-Friday weekend, in opposition to PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ decree last week changing the weekend to Friday –Saturday.
The PA in Ramallah has paid salaries to civil servants in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on the basis of a December 2005 payroll. There are concerns over tensions among an estimated 20,000-3 1,000 civil servants hired after December 2005 who did not receive their salaries, pending a review of their employment status by the Ministry of Finance.
UNRWA’s Summer Learning and Summer Games were interrupted on 3 July in three locations ( Zaitoun Prep Girls, Zaitoun Elementary A&B, and Falah Prep Boys – total 1781 students affected) due to an internal dispute. One 13 year old student was hit by a stray bullet in her hand.
Palestinian –Israeli conflict related:
IDF ground troops entered Breij Refugee Camp on 5 July. The operation remains ongoing. Seven Palestinians have been killed and at least 19 injured. Two IDF soldiers were injured. UNRWA’s Summer Learning and Summer Games were halted at the UNRWA Breij schools as a result of the incursions.
IDF entered southeast Beit Hanoun on the evening of 4 July. Armed clashes in the area resulted in two Palestinian injuries. Additional IDF armoured vehicles entered the area on 5 July and remain there.
Three air-to-ground attacks by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) against Palestinian targets occurred during the reporting period resulting in seven Palestinian deaths and 12 injuries.
28 Qassam rockets and 27 mortars have been fired from the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants towards Israel. On 30 June, Israeli media reported one Israeli lightly wounded in Sderot and damages to one home and two other buildings. These figures include four Qassam rockets and seven mortars fired by Palestinian militants between 4-5 July towards Kerem Shalom crossing in four separate incidents.