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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
27 July 2007
Of note this week
• The IDF killed five Palestinians, four in North Gaza and one in Gaza.
• Three women of the same family were killed in an incident linked to a family honour crime (Central Gaza) and nine persons were injured due to armed family feuds (eight in Central Gaza and one in Khan Younis). In addition, 13 Palestinians were injured due to factional violence and one died of wounds sustained during factional clashes between 10-17 June.
• 14 Qassam rockets, one of which detonated at the launching site, and 27 mortar shells were reportedly fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. Of these, nine rockets were fired towards Sderot and 16 mortars towards Kissufim military base. As a result, and according to Israeli media reports, one woman was lightly injured near Sapir College in Sderot and one baby was injured by shrapnel at a home in Kibbutz Karmiya near Ashkelon. In addition, Qassams caused damage to a number of buildings in Sderot, including a few houses, some stores and one elementary school building.
• Humanitarian assistance continues to enter Gaza through Kerem Shalom and Sufa. Critical medical cases with special coordination arrangements exited through Erez. At Karni, the conveyor belt operated for one day to transfer wheat into Gaza. Thousands of Palestinian travelers, including women, children and the sick, remain in Egypt due to the closure of Rafah crossing.
• 13 Palestinians were injured by the IDF, including four in Nablus and seven in Ramallah. In addition, two Palestinians, including one child, were injured from attacks by Israeli settlers (Qalqiliya and Nablus). One ten-year-old child was also injured when an Israeli settler’s vehicle hit him in the head in the H2 area of Hebron City.
• Six Palestinians were injured during armed factional clashes between Fatah and Hamas supporters at An Najah University in Nablus City.
22 and 23 July
: The IDF closed Beit Iba and Jit checkpoints to the entire Palestinian population and erected flying checkpoints at all the entrances of villages connected to Road 60 near the dismantled Homesh settlement to prevent Israeli settlers’ march to the settlement. This closure forced Palestinians to travel on longer detour routes and caused major movement obstacles. The settlers marched to the settlement, stoned one house in Burqa and broke five of its windows, vandalized five dunums of field crops and 150 almond nursery plants in Burqa, and set fire to animal fodder in Al Mas’udiya (Nablus).
: The Israeli High Court ordered the IDF to dismantle the road barrier along Road 317 within two weeks.
• During the reporting period: The District Coordination Liaison office (DCL) resumed contact with the Palestinian DCL offices in Ramallah and Jericho and will hold meetings with their counterparts in the northern West Bank governorates. Seven officers at the Palestinian DCL have been denied entry into the Israeli DCL office on security grounds.
• A total of 119 flying checkpoints, 75 search campaigns, and 57 arrests were reported.
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