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Reports by OCHA (UN’s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), and the organizations Ta’ayus and B’tzelem document 40 cases of settlers’ harrassment of Palestinians in the West Bank in the past month.
The United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has found that settlers have completely taken over 30 of the West Bank’s water springs, and turned some of them into tourist attractions, limiting Palestinians’ access to them. A further 26 springs are at risk of settler takeover. (OCHA PDF)
(Hebrew - Walla)
The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report found that settlers have taken over about 30 Palestinian fountains in the West Bank, turned some of them into tourist attractions and are limiting Palestinian access to them.
The United Nations has called on Israel to immediately halt the demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank, after a dramatic increase in such demolitions was reported in the last year. In 2011 Israeli security forces demolished 622 homes in the West Bank, housing over 1,100 people, over half of them children. According to Maxwell Gaylard, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territories, ”The current policy and practice of demolitions cause extensive human suffering and should end.”
The fish population in Gaza waters has considerably dwindled because of over-fishing, according to OCHA report. This year’s sardine catch was the lowest recorded in the past 12 years, endangering the livelihood of half the fishermen in Gaza. There are currently 3,097 fishermen in Gaza, compared to 10,000 in the year 2000. The Israeli navy imposes restrictions on access to areas beyond three nautical miles from Gaza, enforced by firing at boats beyond those limits. Since 2009, 4 fishermen were killed and 17 wounded by such fire.
A weekly report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reveals that this week there were nine incidents of violence by settlers against Palestinians, which caused the death of one Palestinian, three wounded, and damage to Palestinian property. Settlers alegedly shot to death one Palestinian boy in Silwan, in East Jerusalem; Settlers destroyed several acres of farmland in the villages of Michmas and Dir Nidham in the Ramallah governorate, and in the villages of Burqa and Ramin in the Tulkarm governorate. According to reports from the village of Tuba in the Hebron governorate, settlers vandalized several buildings, killing two sheep and stole seven others. In addition, settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles traveling West Bank roads near Ramallah and Hebron, and damaged six vehicles.
A weekly report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reveals that security forces had injured 204 Palestinians in the West Bank this week, including at least 60 children, most of them at demonstrations in memory of the Nakba Day on May 15. Four security forces men were injured as well. The clashes included mainly stone throwing by protesters, and firing live ammunition, metal bullets with rubber covering, and tear gas by Israeli troops. Most of the clashes took place in East Jerusalem, especially in the Old City and near the Qalandiya and Shuafat barriers. Also, Palestinians were injured during the weekly demonstrations against the separation fence in Bil’in and Na’alin, and against the expansion of the Halamish settlement within the village of Nabi Saleh. In Gaza, soldiers killed a 16-year-old retarded boy. During a Palestinian demonstration in Beit Lahiya, near the Erez border crossing, Israeli forces opened fire with live ammunition on unarmed demonstrators, injuring 103 people, including 33 boys. In addition, several tank shells were fired within 300 meters of the demonstrators, to stop the parade.
The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s weekly Protection of Civillians Report claims Israel demolished 13 Palestinian-owned structures in Suseya in the Hebron governorate due to lack of building permits. Additionally, a residential tent and an animal shelter were demolished in the village of Umm Salamuna in the Bethlehem governorate after demolition orders were issued. Furthermore, Israel issued orders to halt construction on residential structures belonging to 50 Bedouin families living in the vicinity of Al ‘Eizariya in the Jerusalem governorate. Israeli forces also uprooted tens of saplings belonging to Palestinians in An Nabi Samwil in the Jerusalem governorate.
The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ weekly Protection of Civillians Report claims 35 Palestinians were injured in demonstrations and confrontations with Israeli forces in the past week. 10 Palestinians were injured in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, including 3 paramedics and 3 youths; 15 Palestinians were injured in demonstrations on the West Bank, including the village of Iraq Burin, Hebron governorate and Ramallah governorate. 10 Palestinians were injured in confrontations with Israeli forces at a checkpoint, after a number of small structures in the Hebron governorate were demolished during military raids on villages.
In its Protection of Civilians weekly report, The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) indicates [PDF] that Israeli security forces injured 52 Palestinians in the past week, 20 of them children and youth. Most of the incidents occurred in East Jerusalem. Since the beginning of 2011, 5 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces on the West Bank, and 427 have been injured. In the equivalent period of 2010, 6 were killed and 601 injured.