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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
18 January 2008
Of note this week
25 Palestinians were killed and 46 were injured in the Gaza strip. The majority of casualties (18 deaths and 30 injuries) occurred in Gaza City during an IDF military operation.
Two Palestinians were injured in inter-factional violence.
Two demonstrations were organised this week to protest against the visit of US President George W. Bush to Israel and the oPt.
68 Qassam rockets and 85 mortars shells were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, resulting in the injury of six Israelis. In addition, one IDF soldier was injured by gunfire near the border in Rafah and an Ecuadorian national was killed by Palestinian gunfire when he was working near the border fence in Israel.
The American School north of Beit Lahiya was attacked by unidentified gunmen, resulting in property damage but no injuries. According to the school’s director, the incident was in protest against the visit of the U.S President to Israel and the oPt.
Ten Palestinians were injured this week, including five by Israeli settlers from the settlements of Kiryat Arab and Al Rajabi House in the H2 area of Hebron City.
Nine Palestinians were injured in a family dispute in Haris village (Salfit).
More than 25 Palestinians were injured by Palestinian security forces while they were demonstrating in Ramallah City against the US President’s visit to Ramallah and what they deemed to be his support for Israel’s occupation policies.
Between 9 and 12 January, a general closure was imposed by the IDF around Jerusalem and Israel due to US President’s visit to Israel and the oPt.
On 9 January, IDF soldiers destroyed six water cisterns as well as uprooted 3,200 trees spreading over 80 dunums of land in Al Jamroura area of the town of Beit Ula due to their proximity to the Wall (Hebron).
In Hebron, the IDF issued demolition orders against nine cisterns located in Al Hathaleen, south of the town of Yatta. In Nablus, the IDF distributed 15 stop-building orders against houses, a water cistern and the electricity grid in Khirbet At Tawayel near ‘Aqraba town due to the lack of building permits. Khirbet At Tawayel is located in Area C.
56 curfew hours, 53 flying checkpoints, 81 IDF search operations and 58 arrests were reported.
Eleven search operations and 63 arrests by Palestinian security forces were reported
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