| Update on incidents involving Palestinians, settlers and other Israeli civilians
During the week, OCHA documented 12 violent incidents involving Palestinians, Israeli settlers and other Israeli civilians that resulted in injuries or property damage, including eight incidents affecting Palestinians.
In two incidents on 16 April, a 14 year-old Palestinian boy was physically assaulted and injured by the armed guards of the Bracha settlement in Nablus, while he was grazing sheep near the settlement, and another Palestinian man injured when Israeli settlers sprayed pepper at him in the old city of Jerusalem.
Also this week, in four separate incidents, Israeli settlers reportedly uprooted or cut down a total of 245 plants in the Ramallah and Hebron governorates: 190 olive and fig trees in An Nabi Saleh and Deir Nidham villages (17 April); 20 olive trees in Beitillu village (16 April); 20 olive trees in Sa’ir village (16 April) and 15 almond trees in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood (21 April). Since the beginning of 2013, around 2,500 trees have been damaged by settlers, mostly in the context of settler attempts to takeover land in the vicinity of the settlement. The lack of adequate law enforcement in regard to such incidents remains of concerns: of the 162 complaints filed by the Israeli NGO Yesh Din between 2005 and 2012 regarding vandalism against Palestinian trees, only one has so far led to the indictment of a suspect.
In a separate incident on 17 April, settlers reportedly stole some 90 sheep belonging to Palestinians from Ras Ein al Auja community in Jericho while the sheep were grazing between Yitav and Kokhav Hashahar settlements. Palestinian sources indicated that the theft happened while the sheep were unattended and Israeli police located six of them, but the police will not return them until they finalize the investigation.
In two additional incidents on 16 April, two Israelis were injured when Palestinians threw stones at Israeli-plated vehicles travelling near Halhul and Beit Ummar villages, both in Hebron. According to the IDF, in two separate incidents during the week, Palestinians entered the settlement of Argaman in the Jordan Valley and damaged irrigation equipment and attempted to set on fire a greenhouse.