Live ammunition shootings against stone-throwers continue
This week, Israeli forces injured 26 Palestinians including eight children, across the West Bank, 19 of whom were injured during clashes in various contexts. Of this week’s injuries, ten were caused by live ammunition, five by rubber-coated metal bullets, four were bitten by police dogs at Israeli checkpoints, three resulted from physical assaults, and three due to suffocation following teargas inhalation.
Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian stone throwers near Al Jalazun Refugee Camp (Ramallah) continued during the week, resulting in the injury of nine Palestinians, including three children, most of them on 14 February. The frequency and intensity of clashes in this location has intensified over the past three weeks, following the killing of a worker from the camp (See Protection of Civilians Weekly Report - 28 January 2014 - 3 February 2014). Since the beginning of 2014, a total of 41 camp residents, including six children, have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces; 83 percent of these people were shot and injured by live ammunition.
Another five Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces in clashes that erupted during search-and arrest operations, including three children shot with live ammunition in the village of Qabatiya, and a man severely beaten in the village of Tura al Gharbiya (both in Jenin governorate).
Five additional injuries occurred in two incidents at Israeli checkpoints in the Nablus governorate. The first, which took place at Hamra checkpoint, resulted in the injury of four men who were bitten by dogs that are used by checkpoint staff to inspect vehicles and passengers. In 2011, the Israeli military lifted the permit requirement for Palestinians using this
checkpoint, which controls access to the northern Jordan Valley. However, strict checking and search procedures have remained in place: passengers are obliged to get out of vehicles and walk through a fenced lane for individual inspection, while the drivers remain in their vehicles on the road and get inspected separately. The other incident occurred at a “flying” checkpoint south of Nablus city, when Israeli forces opened fire with live ammunition at a taxi that crossed it, allegedly because it did not stop for inspection; a 17-year-old girl passenger was injured as a result.