OCHA: Israel killed 2 Palestinians and wounded 130 others within a week

[ PIC 16/03/2013 – 11:01 AM ]

images_News_2013_03_16_ocha_300_0[1]RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A UN report showed that two Palestinians were killed after being shot by the Israeli occupation soldiers, while 132 others were reported injured, during the past week.

The report issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Saturday revealed that the total number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank had risen to six victims since the beginning of 2013.

According to OCHA’s report, “the largest demonstrations this week took place in Al Aqsa Mosque compound and in other areas in the old city of Jerusalem following the Friday prayers, at Qalandiya (Jerusalem) and Beituniya (Ramallah) checkpoints, in the old city of Hebron, and in ‘Anata and Shu’fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem”.

Fourteen Palestinians were injured in two settler violence-related incidents. The majority were injured by Israeli forces which were intervening in clashes between Palestinians and settlers. In addition, settlers vandalized dozens of Palestinian-owned trees over the course of the week.

In the Gaza Strip, a group of Palestinian civilians reportedly approached the restricted area near the fence and threw stones at Israeli forces on 8 March, the UN report added.

“The soldiers responded by firing rubber-coated metal bullets, injuring one Palestinian. In addition, Israeli forces detained a 16-year-old Palestinian boy while he was reportedly attempting to cross the fence into Israel without a permit.”

OCHA also stated that on 11 March, two workers were injured when a fuel tank exploded in a tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border, and that since the beginning of 2013, eight workers have died and eight others have been injured in tunnel-related incidents.

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