|Two Palestinians, including four-month-old infant, injured in Gaza
Tension between Israeli forces and armed Palestinian groups saw a relative increase this week after almost two weeks of no reports of Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. This week, Israeli air forces reportedly conducted at least 10 airstrikes following Palestinian projectile firing at southern Israel. Two injuries, including a four-month-old infant, were reported on 4 April when an Israeli missile struck agricultural land north of Nuseirat camp, leading to damage to doors, windows and roofs of some 20 nearby houses: Israeli sources reported that the Israeli Air Force was targeting a Hamas military installation in the area. In three separate incidents on 4 and 6 April, cars and workshops were damaged by airstrikes in Jabaliya, in addition to an agricultural water-well and other infrastructure destroyed east of Beit Hanoun. Also a number of rockets were fired by Palestinian armed groups towards southern Israel; no injuries or damage to property were reported.
Israeli forces continued to enforce restrictions on Palestinian access to areas near the fence separating Israel and the Gaza Strip, as well as on fishing areas beyond six nautical miles (NM) from the shore. On at least two occasions this week, Israeli forces fired warning shots and tear gas canisters towards Palestinians collecting gravel from the former Erez industrial area, forcing them to leave the area. In addition, on 2 April, three Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces when they attempted to cross into Israel through the fence, north of Beit Lahiya. Also, in the same context, on at least four occasions, Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered approximately 200 meters inside Gaza, and conducted land-leveling operations. During one land-leveling operation on 7 April, Israeli tanks fired a shell and detonated an explosive device placed near the fence by armed Palestinians. No injuries were reported.
Similarly, on at least 11occasions this week, Israeli naval forces opened warning shots towards Palestinian fishing boats approaching or exceeding the six (NM) fishing limit; no injuries were reported. During one incident, on 3 April, the Israeli navy confiscated a Palestinian boat, reportedly approximately four NM from the shore, west of Al Shata Refugee camp. The boat is still in Israeli custody.