OCHA: Israeli troops killed one Palestinian, injured seven others in one week

[ 09/10/2010 – 02:23 PM ]


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territories said that one Palestinian was killed and seven were injured by Israeli occupied forces during one week.

This came in a report issued by OCHA covering some of the Israeli violations from September 29 to October the fifth.

On the third of October, an Israeli border soldier shot dead a Palestinian man who was attempting to enter east Jerusalem to work without an Israel-issued permit. The precise circumstances of the shooting remain disputed, according to the report.

Seven other Palestinians were injured during the reporting week by Israeli troops in various incidents. Four including a 16-year-old boy were injured in clashes with Israeli troops during the weekly marches organized in Beit Ummar village in Al-Khalil city against the denial of Palestinian access to agricultural lands next to Karmi Zur settlement.

Two additional injuries took place during search and arrest operations carried out by Israeli troops in Silwan neighborhood of east Jerusalem and in Daheriya in Al-Khalil. In this week, the Israeli troops conducted overall 73 search and arrest operations across the West Bank.

Since the beginning of 2010, 12 Palestinians have been killed and 938 others have been injured, the report noted.

Three Palestinians including a child were injured that week during settlers’ attacks. There were also nine reported incidents resulting in damage to Palestinian property.

In one of three incidents resulting in Palestinian injuries, an armed guard from Talmon settlement in Ramallah city opened fire at a farmer harvesting his land near the nearby Ein Qiniya village.

On the fourth of October, a mosque in Beit Fajjar village in Bethlehem was vandalized and set on fire by settlers. This is the fifth attack on a mosque recorded in the West Bank since the beginning of the year.

An increase in acts of vandalism against olive groves was recorded during the week, where in three separate incidents in Nablus and Ramallah cities, more than 115 olive and 30 almond trees were set ablaze by settlers.

Settlers were also reported stealing olive harvesting equipment in Ras Karkar village in Ramallah, while other settlers from Adei Ad settlement were spotted stealing olive harvest belonging to farmers from Al-Maghayyer and Turmusayya villages in Ramallah.

The Israeli municipal council in occupied Jerusalem demolished a commercial structure in Beit Safafa neighborhood of east Jerusalem that week at the pretext of unlicensed construction. The demolition led to the displacement of 21 Palestinians including 13 children.

Since the beginning of the year, the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) have demolished 32 Palestinian structures in east Jerusalem including five that were residential. The equivalent period last year witnessed the demolition of 50 structures, of which 36 were residential.

While no demolitions were reported during the week in area C, the IOA issued eviction orders against 66 dunums of agricultural lands belonging to an extended family of 300 persons in Nablus city at the pretext they are state lands.

About Gaza, the report said that two Palestinians were injured in two separate incidents that week when the Israeli troops opened fire at people collecting scrap metal near the border fence between Palestine occupied in 1948 and the Gaza Strip.

Other incidents involving the opening of fire by Israeli troops towards Palestinian civilians in Gaza were reported during the week along the borderline, but resulted in no injuries. In one such incident, the Israeli navy opened fire towards Palestinian fishing boats west of Gaza city forcing them ashore.

Despite an increase in industrial fuel, electricity outages continue in Gaza. Only 1.15 million liters of fuel entered Gaza compared to 2.03 million liters the previous week. Due to this fuel shortage, the Gaza power station turned off one of its two operating turbines for most of the week, resulting in power cuts up to 16 hours a day.

The provision of essential services including water supply, sewage treatment, the functioning of health services are all affected by electricity cuts, OCHA said.

OCHA: Israeli troops killed one Palestinian, injured seven others in one week.

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