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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
10 May 2008
OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS
P.O. Box 38712, East Jerusalem, Phone: (+972) 2-582 9962 / 582 5853, Fax: (+972) 2-582 5841
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report
23 – 29 A
Of note this week
The IDF killed nine Palestinians, including five children aged 1, 3, 4, 6, and 15 years, and injured 27 others. Four children, their mother and a Palestinian man (all unarmed civilians) were killed and 12 others were injured when an IAF helicopter fired two missiles that hit a Palestinian house during an IDF ground operation northwest of Beit Hanun.
The IDF demolished six houses and uprooted 200 dunums of olive trees during its incursion east of Deir El Balah.
The lack of sufficient fuel supplies continues to undermine all aspects of daily life in Gaza, including the use of wooden ovens, flooding of some sewage facilities, the closure of bakeries, and paralysis of the public transportation system.
Following fuel shortage, UNRWA resumed its food distribution on 29 April and extended its hours of operation in an effort to reach those beneficiaries affected by the cessation of services since 25 April.
Five demonstrations took place to protest against the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip, including by school students, farmers and the Islamic Bloc of Agricultural Engineers and Agricultural Associations.
A total of 42 rockets and 31 mortars were fired at Israel—a 35% decrease compared to last week. In addition, 71 mortars were fired at IDF soldiers inside the Gaza Strip.
Two Israeli men who worked in Nitzani Oz industrial area west of Tulkarm were shot and killed by Palestinian militants.
The general closure on the West Bank that began on 18 April continued until midnight on 27 April. The IDF denied all Palestinian permit holders access to East Jerusalem and Israel, except for emergency cases and employees at international organizations.
Israeli settlers carried out several attacks against Palestinians, including (among others): throwing stones at Palestinian shepherds from Tuba (Hebron); attacking a Palestinian shepherd from Burqa, killing two of his sheep and stealing another two (Nablus); opening fire at and injuring a Palestinian man in Yasuf (Salfit); and physically assaulting a 40-year-old woman in the H2 area of Hebron City (Hebron).
The IDF distributed seven demolition orders against six Palestinian houses and a water cistern and three stop-building orders against two houses and an animal pen (Nablus).
Since 28 April, the IDF has opened the two metal gates at both sides of the ‘Asira ash Shamaliya checkpoint and allowed free access between Nablus City and the northern villages between 0600 and 2200 hours.
The Israeli Police and IDF denied thousands of Christian worshipers access to the Old City of Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulchre Church to celebrate Christian Holy Fire day.
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