|Israeli forces fire “warning shots” at civilians in the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land
Incidents involving Israeli forces fired “warning shots” at Palestinian civilians in the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land and at sea continued on a daily basis, with at least 24 such incidents reported during the week, none of which led to injury.
Access restrictions imposed by Israel at land and sea continue to undermine the security of Palestinians as well as the fishery and agricultural sectors in Gaza, which are the primary source of income for thousands of farmers and fishermen and their families.
During the week, Israeli forces arrested three Palestinian men east of Al Maghazi Camp, and southeast of Rafah, reportedly while they were attempting to infiltrate into Israel.
One Palestinian killed and another injured by detonation of explosive remnants of war
On 1 March, a 21-year-old Palestinian was killed and his 17-year-old brother severely injured by Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) which detonated while they were gathering sand from the remnants of a destroyed house in Al Shouka, east of Rafah, for the reconstruction of their home. This brings the number of fatalities due to ERW since the ceasefire of August 2014 to 11, including one child, and the number of injuries to 40, including 16 children.
According to the UN Mine Action Service (UN-MAS), some 7,000 ERW continue to contaminate areas in Gaza, with children, humanitarian workers, rubble-removal workers, scrap collectors, construction workers, internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning to their damaged homes, and farmers working and/ or living in the Access Restricted Areas at highest risk of injury.