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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
21 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 ochaopt@un.org, www.ochaopt.org

Protection of Civilians Weekly Report
30 April – 6 May 2008


Of note this week

Gaza Strip:
· The IDF killed seven Palestinians, including at least four unarmed civilians, and injured 13 others (including four children).
· One Palestinian was killed and four injured in factional violence that involved DFLP, PFLP, Fatah and Hamas.
· During the IDF incursion into Khuza’a village east of Khan Yunis, the IDF destroyed a two-storey house, four greenhouses and two bird farms.
· The lack of sufficient fuel supplies continues to adversely affect all aspects of life in Gaza. At least 85% of the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility’s vehicle fleet have been unable to operate, affecting the supply of drinking water, sewage treatment and the maintenance of existing sewage networks. Piles of solid waste are acumulating in the streets, which may cause widespread environmental and sanitary problems.
· A total of 45 rockets and 26 mortars were fired at Israel, compared to 42 rockets and 31mortars fired the previous week. Twenty-seven mortars were additionally fired at IDFsoldiers inside the Gaza Strip, which is significantly lower than the 71 mortars fired at IDF ground forces in Gaza the previous week.

West Bank:
· The IDF shot and killed a Palestinian man at Shani checkpoint, claiming that he had atempted to stab a soldier (Hebron). The IDF also physically assaulted a Palestinian man at ‘Azzun ‘Atma barrier checkpoint (Qalqiliya).
· Six Palestinians and two international activists were injured by Israeli setlers in four reported incidents throughout the West Bank.
· On 30 April, 396 Palestinian security officers were deployed in Jenin governorate. During the week, four Palestinians (including one bystander) were injured in clashes with these forces in Qabatiya town (Jenin).
· The IDF imposed a general closure on the West Bank due to Holocaust Memorial Day, denying Palestinian permit holders access to East Jerusalem and Israel, except for emergency medical cases and employees at international organizations.
· The IDF closed the sewing workshop affiliated with the Islamic Charitable Society for a period of three years and confiscated its contents (sewing machines, textiles, ironing boards). While the closure and confiscation order issued in late February stipulated that the contents of targeted establishments would become owned by the IDF, the IDF threw away the workshop’s contents in the city dump. As a result of the closure of the workshop, part of whose products were freely distributed to the orphanages owned by the Society, 15 female workers lost their jobs (Hebron).
· 123 IDF search operations and 123 arrests/detentions of Palestinians were reported; this is, respectively, 14% and 98% higher than searches and arrests reported last week.

Full report:

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