OCHA report: IOF injured 88 Palestinians in June 1-7

[ 11/06/2011 – 06:53 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territories says that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) injured 88 Palestinians during the first week of June 2011 most of them Naksa Day protesters.

The alarmingly high number brings the count to 787 injuries this year, the OCHA report says, a 17 percent increase from the equivalent period in 2010.

The majority of this week’s injuries (76) took place during June 5 protests at the Qalandiya checkpoint in East Jerusalem as the IOF fired gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets at protesters.

The official report also marks an increase in violence by Jewish settlers that week, with 15 attacks that caused six injuries on Palestinians and the torching of a mosque in Al-Mughayyir village near Ramallah.

It expressed concern over the 40 percent decrease in truckloads entering the Gaza Strip when compared to the period before the Israeli blockade in 2007, with about half of the commodities being food products, which made up only 20 percent of imports before the blockade.

The Gaza Strip only received 43 percent of its required weekly amount of cooking gas, the report went on to say, and half of its 28 gas stations operate partially due to an enforced rationing system.

Medical patients are at high risk as the Gaza health ministry has announced a depletion of 178 essential drug items and 190 medical disposables, it also says. The shortage, due to infrequent imports of drugs from the ministry’s counterpart in Ramallah, has caused a reduction in medical services and a five percent deduction in ministry staff salaries to be diverted to buying medical supplies.

Source & More at the Palestinian Information Center


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