|Seven Palestinians including three children injured in the Gaza Strip
Despite the general calm in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel, a number of cross-fence incidents were reported this week. Armed Palestinians fired at least two projectiles towards southern Israel causing no injuries. There were no reports of Israeli airstrikes. In three incidents on 9 and 10 April, Palestinians opened fire at Israeli patrol vehicles near the fence separating Gaza and Israel, east of Deir Al Balah. In response, Israeli forces fired three shells towards the source of fire. No injuries were reported.
This week Gaza saw a relative increase in the number of civilian injuries as a result of Israeli shooting incidents in the vicinity of the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land. In five separate incidents, seven Palestinians, including three children, were injured by live ammunition. On 10 April, a 17-year-old Palestinian was reportedly injured when Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinian youths approximately 300 metres from the fence, east of Jabalia. Also, on the same day, armed Palestinians reportedly detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near an Israeli observation post at the fence northwest of Beit Hanoun. In response, the IDF opened fire towards Palestinians in the vicinity of the former Erez Industrial zone. As a result, three Palestinian scrap and rubble collectors aged 19, 24 and 26 were injured. On 11 April, two demonstrations took place in the ARA near the fence and evolved into clashes between Palestinian civilians and Israeli forces, resulting in the injury of two children (both 16-years-old). Another seven first aid personnel received medical treatment on the site due to tear-gas inhalation in one of the demonstrations. A 20-year-old civilian was also injured when Israeli forces opened fire towards a group of Palestinians collecting rubble in the same area on 13 April.
During the week, Israeli forces detained four civilians who attempted to cross the fence into Israel. On at least two occasions, Israeli forces entered approximately 200 meters inside Gaza with tanks and bulldozers to conduct land-leveling operations.
Additionally, on seven occasions this week, Israeli naval forces opened warning shots at Palestinian fishing boats approaching or exceeding the Israeli-imposed six-nautical-mile fishing limits; no injuries were reported.
10 year-old-child injured by unexploded ordnance
On 13 April, an 11-year-old Palestinian child was reportedly injured by an unexploded ordnance (UXO) while he was playing with it inside his home in Khan Younis. He sustained moderate injuries and amputation of his fingers and was evacuated to a nearby hospital. The total number of victims of all explosive remnants of war (ERW) in the Gaza Strip, from 2009 to date, is 164 civilians, including 98 children, of whom 19 are fatalities, including 12 children.