Escalation in the conflict in the Gaza Strip

OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes 21 – 27 June 2006 | 1

Of note this period

• Escalation in the conflict in the Gaza Strip:

An Israel Air Force (IAF) air strike killed two Palestinians and injured 11 others in the

Gaza Strip when an IAF missile missed the vehicle it was targeting and hit a

Palestinian house.

Four Israelis in Sderot (Israel) were injured by three homemade rockets fired from the

Gaza Strip.

Two IDF soldiers were killed and four others injured during an attack by Palestinian

militants on an IDF military post at Kerem Shalom crossing. Two Palestinian militants

were also killed in the attack and an IDF solider was taken captive. Since this time a

large IDF presence deployed along the eastern and northern borders of the Gaza

Strip. The IDF has closed all the Gaza crossing points (Erez, Karni, Kerem Shalom,

Sufa and effectively Rafah as the EU Observers cannot cross through the closed

Kerem Shalom crossing point) and the Nahal Oz energy pipelines which means that

no fuel supplies are reaching the Gaza Strip. On 27 June Erez was reopened for

representatives of international agencies.

• At least 41 homemade rockets were fired by Palestinians from the Gaza Strip toward

Israel (mainly towards Sderot and the western Negev).

• On 21 June the IAF fired three tank shells into the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants

fired an anti tank missile towards IDF troops stationed at the border fence north east of

Beit Hanoun (Gaza Strip). The IAF also conducted one air strike in the Gaza Strip on 21

June (casualties reported in the incident description below).

• 21 June: A 35-year-old Palestinian woman in her seventh month of pregnancy and a 45-

year-old man were killed by the IAF and another 11 people injured, including six children,

when an IAF missile targeted a vehicle traveling in Khan Younis (Gaza Strip). The

missile missed the vehicle and hit a house. All causalities were from the same family.

• 21 June: A 30-year-old Palestinian man from the H2 section of Hebron city (Hebron) was

injured by a group of Israeli settlers from the settlement of Kiryat Arba when they threw

stones at him on his way home.

• 21 June: A 36-year-old Palestinian man from H2 section of Hebron city (Hebron) was

injured when a group of IDF soldiers physically assaulted him during a patrol of the Old

City.

• 21 June: One Israeli woman was injured when Palestinian youths stoned an Israeli car

near Hizma village (Jerusalem).

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21 – 27 June 2006

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• 21 June: A 21-year-old man Palestinian man was killed during an exchange of fire in

Camp No. 1 (Nablus) with the IDF. Three other Palestinians males were injured (18, 25

and 27 years old) by live ammunition.

• 21 June: The IDF entered Nablus city (Nablus) and a confrontation took place with

Palestinian stone throwers. Thirteen Palestinians were injured (one by live ammunition,

one by shrapnel and 11 by rubber-coated metal bullets). Seven of the injured were

children.

• 22 June: A 12-year-old Palestinian boy from the H2 section of Hebron city (Hebron) had

his arm broken by two Israeli settlers from Tel Rumedia settlement who attacked him

while he was on his way home.

• 22 June: A 17-year-old Palestinian boy from Surif (Hebron) was injured when IDF

soldiers physically assaulted him while he was working his land located next to the

Barrier.

• 22 June: A 25-year-old Palestinian male from Ramallah was shot and killed by an IDF

Undercover Unit during a military operation in Ramallah city.

• 23 June: A 23-year-old Palestinian man from the H1 section of Hebron city (Hebron) was

injured after IDF soldiers physically assaulted him during a house search.

• 23 June: One of the Palestinian woman injured in an IAF air strike two days earlier in

Gaza Strip on 21 June (reported above) delivered a still born baby (not included in the

weekly total).

• 23 June: A demonstration against the construction of the Barrier was organised in Bil’in

(Ramallah) by Palestinian, Israel and international activists. The IDF fired rubber-coated

metal bullets at the demonstration injuring one Palestinian. Cases of tear gas inhalation

were also reported after the IDF fired tear gas canisters (not included in the weekly total).

• 23 June: A Palestinian male in his 20s was injured by rubber-coated metal bullets in

Nablus city (Nablus) during confrontations between the IDF and Palestinian stone

throwers.

• 25 June: Two IDF soldiers were killed and four others injured during an attack by

Palestinian militants on an IDF military post at Kerem Shalom crossing. Two Palestinian

militants aged 20 and 22 years were also killed in the attack and an IDF soldier was

taken captive.

• 25 June: Two Palestinian boys (both aged 14 years) were injured during a confrontation

between the IDF and Palestinian stone throwers in Nablus city (Nablus). One of the boys

was injured by rubber-coated metal bullets and the other was injured after being

physically assaulted by the IDF soldiers.

• 26 June: Four Israelis in Sderot were injured by three homemade rockets fired from the

Gaza Strip.

• 26 June: A 52-year-old Palestinian man from Hebron city was injured when a group of

Israeli Border Police manning the checkpoint at Beit Awwa physically assaulted him.

• 26 June: Two Palestinian males were injured by live ammunition when an IDF soldier

shot at them near Ash Sheik S’ad checkpoint (Jerusalem).

• 26 June: Two Palestinian males (aged over 18 years) were injured by rubber-coated

metal bullets during confrontations between the IDF and Palestinian stone throwers in

Tubas city (Tubas).

2. Palestinian internal violence (Gaza Strip)

[Casualties related to Palestinian inter-factional fighting, family and community disputes and

reckless use of weapons in the Gaza Strip are not included in the weekly figures in Section

1.]

• 21 June: A bomb went off in a car driven by a member of the Fatah dominated

Preventive Security Force (PSF) while travelling in Tel Al Hawwa quarter in Gaza city

(Gaza Strip). Three persons in the car received shrapnel wounds.

• 21 June: Masked gunmen opened fire at two Fatah members when they were near their

house in Gizan Najjar area south-east of Khan Younis (Gaza Strip). The two were taken

to Nasser hospital after they sustained gunshot wounds to their legs.

• 22 June: A bystander was injured in an armed dispute between two Palestinians in Deir

El Balah (Gaza Strip).

• 23 June: Three Palestinians were injured in an armed dispute between two families in

Beit Hanoun (Gaza Strip).

• 23 June: A Palestinian man was injured in an armed dispute between two families in

Khan Younis (Gaza Strip).

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• 23 June: A bystander was injured when members of the Hamas dominated Executive

Support Forces (ESF) attacked a house of a member of the PSF in Khan Younis (Gaza

Strip).

• 24 June: A Palestinian man was severely beaten after being kidnapped by an unknown

group of armed men in Gaza City (Gaza Strip).

• 24 June: A PA Intelligence Service officer was shot in both legs after being kidnapped by

a group of unknown group of armed men in Al Zahra city south of Gaza City (Gaza Strip).

• 24 June: Armed clashes continued between the ESF and PSF and one PSF member

was injured.

• 24 June: A Palestinian was injured when an explosive device went off while handling it

east of Al Qarara in Khan Younis (Gaza Strip).

• 24 June: A Palestinian man was injured when unknown armed masked men opened fire

at him in Khan Younis (Gaza Strip).

• 27 June: A member of Hamas was injured in an armed clash with the PSF in Khan

Younis (Gaza Strip).

• 27 June: A 21-year-old Palestinian man was killed and another five injured in a car

explosion in Gaza City (Gaza Strip).

3. Shelter and Property

Date Location, Governorate Structures

demolished

Structures

partially

destroyed

People

displaced /

affected

21 June Shu’fat, Jerusalem 1 – 5

25 June Khan Younis, Gaza

Strip

2 – –

Total Week 3 0 5

• 21 June: The IDF demolished a house in Shu’fat (Jerusalem) due to reportedly being

built without a permit. Five people were made homeless.

• 25 June: Four tanks and two bulldozers entered approximately 400 metres into the

Palestinian area west of Sufa crossing (Gaza Strip) and demolished two PA military

basis.

Other related incidents:

• 21 June: During an IDF military operation in the centre of Nablus city (Nablus),

confrontations took place between the IDF and Palestinians demonstrators (the

Palestinians were throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the IDF). One IDF jeep was

set on fire by a Molotov cocktail and the IDF brought a bulldozer to the area to evacuate

the IDF jeep. The bulldozer damaged parked Palestinian cars and spread fire from the

burning jeep to parked vehicles and to nearby shops. According to an assessment

conducted by Nablus municipality, five vehicles were destroyed; three shops and 14

vehicles were damaged.

• 22 June: A group of settlers from Yitzhar settlement entered the village of ’Einabus

(Nablus) and burned and destroyed three vehicles belonging to Palestinians.

4. Natural Resources

Land levelling/Requisitions/Tree Uprooting1

Nablus Governorate:

25 June: A group of settlers from Yitzhar settlement set fire to a grove of olive trees near

‘Asira al Qibliya village. Five olive trees were burned.

26 June: A group of settlers from Yitzhar settlement set fire to a grove of olive trees near

Burin village. Three olive trees were burned.

Ongoing incidents:

Since 15 June the IDF continue to level land north of Shave Shomeron

settlement (west of Nablus) to install fence and a wall around the settlement.

1 4 dunums = 1 acre; 10 dunums = 1 hectare

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Jenin and Tubas governorates:

No incidents to report.

Tulkarm Governorate:

Ongoing incidents:

Land levelling continues around Avnei Khefets and Enav settlements for the

construction of a new fence around the settlements.

Qalqiliya Governorate:

Ongoing incidents:

Barrier construction: the IDF continues levelling land near Immatin village

and between ‘Azzun and Kafr Thulth.

Since 10 June the IDF are levelling 115 dunums of land belonging to the

Palestinian village of Sanniriya near Oranit settlement.

Salfit Governorate:

Ongoing incidents:

Barrier construction: Israeli contractors continue levelling land north of Salfit

city, Iskaka and Deir Istiya villages and south of Marda and Kifl Haris villages

around Ari’el settlement and near Az Zawiya and Deir Ballut villages.

Ramallah / Al Bireh Governorate:

Ongoing incidents:

Barrier construction: construction continues between Kharbatha al Misbah

and Bil’in and is in the final stages in the section between Beit ‘Ur al Fauqa

and At Tira villages. Land levelling for the last section of the Barrier in Beit

Sira is continuing between the village and Makkaim settlement. The

construction of the “special security arrangements” as part of the Barrier

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