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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
4 March 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
13 – 19 February 2008
Of note this week
The IDF kiled eight Palestinians, including a 10-year-old boy, and injured 16 others, including one woman (Central Gaza, Rafah and Khan Younis).
The Egyptian authorities and Gaza police permitted 334 Palestinians who had been stranded in Egypt to return to the Gaza Strip through Salah Ed-Din gate on 18 February. However, about 150 people of various nationalities were not alowed to enter Egypt through Salah Ed-Din gate.
The IDF carried out three land leveling and excavation operations in the North Gaza and Rafah governorates.
50 rockets and 15 mortars were fired at Israel. In addition, 16 mortars were fired at IDF soldiers inside the Gaza Strip.
The IDF carried out three air strikes, compared to 15 during the preceding week.
Palestinians farmers and exporters of carnation flowers demonstrated at Sufa crossing on 14 and 15 February to protest against being disalowed to export their products.
One 56-year-old Palestinian man died of wounds sustained on 7 February during an IDF military operation in Qabatiya town.
The IDF injured nine Palestinians, including a journalist, two men in their 60s, one woman and a 17-year-old boy.
The IDF demolished seven structures and forced Palestinians to disassemble four other structures; as a result, 76 Palestinians, including eight women and 50 children, were displaced (Ramalah and Hebron).
During the IDF military operation in Beit Ummar, the IDF closed al roads leading to the town with earth mounds and caused damage to two water networks and roads. The IDF also conducted a house-to-house search operation, damaged the main doors and furniture of houses and shops and arrested 45 people (Hebron).
The IDF imposed 110 curfew hours on localities in the Nablus, Qalqiliya and Hebron governorates.
The IDF imposed an age restriction at nine checkpoints in the northern West Bank, one partial checkpoint and al flying checkpoints. The policy—which has hitherto lasted one day to 15 days—prevented Palestinian males between 16 and 35 years of age from traveling southwards to the central and southern West Bank or eastwards to access the northern Jordan Valey area.
77 flying checkpoints, 108 IDF search operations and 119 arrests were reported.
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