In Occupied Palestine – 22 January 2024


In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Land

08:00, on 22 January until 08:00, 23 January 2024

[Source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group]

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Gaza Strip

Armed Palestinian Resistance: Palestinian Resistance continued launching dozens of missiles towards the Green Line.

Air strikes: Heavy aerial bombardment on buildings, homes and many facilities.

Attacks: All over Gaza, there are air strikes, heavy gunfire, tank and artillery shelling, as well as missiles fired from Israeli forces and military occupation, especially in Khan Yunis. The Israeli Navycontinues to fire missiles, targeting facilities and buildings along the shoreline of the whole of Gaza.

Victims: 195 people killed in Gaza brings the total number of deaths since 7 October to at least 25,490. With another 354 wounded, that has risen to 63,354. Fully accurate statistics are not available, due to insecurity menacing hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

OCHA Flash Update #100

On 23 January, the UN Secretary-General, in remarks made to the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East, stated: “The past 100 days have been heartbreaking and catastrophic for Palestinian civilians in Gaza. More than 25,000 people, mainly women and children, have reportedly been killed in operations launched by Israeli forces. More than 60,000 others have been reportedly injured. In recent days, the military offensive has intensified in Khan Yunis with many additional causalities. The entire population of Gaza is enduring destruction at a scale and speed without parallel in recent history. Nothing can justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.”

On 23 January, the Israeli military issued new evacuation orders via social media to Palestinians in a number of city blocks in Khan Younis. The affected area covers some four square kilometres. There are about 88,000 residents in the area, in addition to an estimated 425,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) seeking shelter in 24 schools and other institutions. The affected area includes Nasser Hospital (475 bed capacity), Al Amal Hospital (100 beds) and the Jordanian Hospital (50 beds), representing almost 20 per cent of the remaining partially functioning hospitals across the Gaza Strip. Three health clinics are also located in the affected area. Some 18,000 IDPs are reported to be in the Nasser Hospital, with an unknown number of IDPs seeking shelter in the other health facilities.

On 22 January, Israeli Forces reportedly raided Al Kheir Hospital in western Khan Younis, ordering women and children to evacuate towards Rafah, southern Gaza and reportedly arresting medical staff. The World Health Organization expressed its concern that the facility was facing military incursions and that several health workers had been detained. Communication with the hospital is no longer possible.

Due to evacuation orders in neighbourhoods surrounding Nasser Hospital -and continuous hostilities in the vicinity of the hospital, the Ministry of Health reports that large numbers of wounded people are situated on the hospital grounds. An international emergency medical team deployed at the hospital reports that no one can enter or exit the facility due to ongoing bombardments in the vicinity. Health staff are reported to be digging graves on hospital grounds due to the large numbers of fatalities anticipated and the need to manage burials. The WHO reiterated its call “for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, active protection of civilians and health care, and sustained access for the delivery of critical aid across the Strip.

On 22 January, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported that Israeli forces had surrounded their ambulance headquarters in Khan Younis,; restricting ambulances from providing support in the area. Reportedly, Israeli forces struck the vicinity of Al Amal hospital and the ambulance headquarters, as intense fighting continued in the area, resulting in dozens of casualties. Patients, wounded people, and an estimated 13,000 displaced people, who have taken shelter in Al Amal Hospital and the PRCS headquarters were unable to leave. According to humanitarian partners on the ground, people in the vicinity of Al Kheir area east of Al Mawasi have lost access to the health facility and have no alternatives for medical assistance in the area.

On 23 January, UNRWA Commissioner-General, Philippe Lazzarini reported that one of the the largest UNRWA shelters, the Khan Younis Training Centre, had been struck during military operations the previous day, killing at least six IDPs. The centre holds 40,000 IDPs;also, 140 births have been recorded there since the war began. The Commissioner -General called on parties to, “take every precaution to minimize harm and protect civilians, medical facilities and personnel and UN premises, in accordance with international law.”

According to WHO, health care in Gaza remains extremely fragile. Only 16 out of Gaza’s 36 hospitals are functional, albeit partially: partial functionality indicates that a hospital is accessible to people in need of health care, can take in some new patients and can undertake some level of surgery. More than 90 health facilities and more than 80 ambulances have been impacted since the start of the conflict, due to hostilities, power supply disruptions, and fuel shortages, among other factors. According to the MoH in Gaza, occupancy rates are reaching 206 per cent in inpatient departments and 250 per cent in intensive care units.

Communicable diseases are on the rise in Gaza with more than 223,000 cases of acute respiratory infections, or 10 per cent of the population; more than 158,000 cases of diarrohea (of which 53 per cent in children under five), and more than 7,500 cases of acute jaundice (several of these acute cases have been confirmed as Hepatitis A). The situation for people with long-term medical conditions, including cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, and mental health disorders, will be further aggravated by the impact of the conflict and displacement.

Reporting that cases of Hepatitis A have been confirmed in Gaza through test kits supplied by WHO, the Director-General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus warned that, “inhumane living conditions –- barely any clean water, clean toilets, and possibility to keep the surroundings clean – will enable Hepatitis A to spread further … The capacity to diagnose diseases remains extremely limited. There is no functioning laboratory. The capacity to respond remains limited too. We will continue to call for unimpeded and safe access of medical aid and for health to be protected.”

The capacity of humanitarian agencies to operate safely and effectively anywhere in Gaza remains heavily compromised by recurrent denials of access to the north, restrictions on the import of critical equipment, and the intensity of hostilities, among other factors. For more information, see the Humanitarian Access Snapshot.

Violence and casualties (West Bank)

On 22 January, Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian boy in clashes that erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinians during an Israeli raid in ‘Arraba village in Jenin. During the clashes, Palestinians used explosive devices against Israeli forces, and Israeli forces were shooting with live ammunition. Medical sources reported that Israeli forces impeded ambulance access to the injured boy for about 20 minutes.

On 23 January, Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man at the Israeli-controlled checkpoint of Enav in Tulkarm. The Palestinian was reportedly shot when he attempted to open fire at Israeli forces at the checkpoint while on his motorbike. His body is being held by the Israeli authorities,

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 23 January 2024, 360 Palestinians have been killed, including 92 children, across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Additionally, two Palestinians from the West Bank were killed while carrying out an attack in Israel on 30 November. Of these 360 fatalities, 350 were killed by Israeli forces, eight by Israeli settlers and two by either Israeli forces or settlers. The number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 2023 (507) marks the highest number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank since OCHA started recording casualties in 2005. So far in 2024 (as of 23 January), 51 Palestinians, including at least 11 children, have been killed.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 23 January 2024, five Israelis, including four members of Israeli forces, have been killed in Palestinian-perpetrated attacks in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. In addition, four Israelis were killed in an attack carried out by Palestinians from the West Bank in West Jerusalem (one of the four was killed by Israeli forces who misidentified him) on 30 November 2023. Another Israeli woman was killed in another attack perpetrated by Palestinians in Israel on 15 January 2024. The number of Israelis killed in the West Bank and Israel in 2023 in attacks perpetrated by Palestinians from the West Bank (36) was the highest since OCHA started recording casualties in 2005.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 23 January 2024, 4,348 Palestinians, including 656 children, have been injured in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Of them, 4,213 have been injured by Israeli forces, 114 by settlers and 21 by either Israeli forces or settlers. Of the total injuries, 54 per cent were reported in the context of search-and-arrest and other operations, 34 per cent in demonstrations and 8 per cent during settler attacks against Palestinians. Some 33 per cent of those injuries have been caused by live ammunition, compared with 9 per cent in the first nine months of 2023.

Settler Violence

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 23 January 2024, OCHA has recorded 452 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians, resulting in Palestinian casualties (45 incidents), damage to Palestinian-owned property (351 incidents), or both casualties and damage to property (56 incidents). This reflects a daily average of four incidents.

One-third of the settler attacks against Palestinians after 7 October 2023 have involved firearms, including shootings and threats of shootings. In nearly half of all recorded incidents after 7 October, Israeli forces were either accompanying or reported to be supporting the attackers.

In 2023, 1,229 incidents involving Israeli settlers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem (with or without Israeli forces), resulted in Palestinian casualties, property damage or both. Some 913 of these incidents resulted in damage, 163 resulted in casualties and 153 resulted in both. This is the highest number of settler attacks against Palestinians in any given year since OCHA started recording incidents involving settlers in 2006.

Displacement (West Bank)

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 23 January 2024, at least 198 Palestinian households comprising 1,208 people, including 586 children, have been displaced amid settler violence and access restrictions. The displaced households are from at least 15 herding/Bedouin communities. More than half of the displacements occurred on 12, 15, and 28 October, affecting seven communities. The displacement toll since 7 October 2023, represents 78 per cent of all displacement reported due to settler violence and access restrictions since 1 January 2023 (1,539 people, including 756 children).

On 23 January, the Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian house in As Seefer community south of Yatta village in Hebron, due to the lack of an Israeli-issued building permit, displacing a family of nine people, including five children. Two more houses were demolished by their owners on the same grounds on 22 and 21 January, in the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Ras al ‘Amud and Al ‘Isawiya, respectively. The former has not yet been inhabited and the latter led to displacement of five people.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 23 January 2024, 493 Palestinians, including 244 children, have been displaced following the demolition of their homes due to lack of Israeli-issued building permits in Area C and East Jerusalem, which are almost impossible to obtain. Also due to the lack of permits, the Israeli authorities sealed an artesian well with concrete in Ras ‘Atiya village in Qalqiliya on 23 January. The well serves as a main irrigation source for agriculture, affecting hundreds of Palestinians in the village and the nearby communities.

A total of 21 homes have been demolished and 100 Palestinians, including 44 children, have been displaced due to punitive demolitions from 7 October 2023 and as of 23 January 2024. The numbers exceed those reported in the first nine months of 2023, during which 16 homes were punitively demolished and 78 people displaced.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 23 January 2024, 739 Palestinians, including 309 children, have been displaced, following the destruction of 115 homes during other operations carried out by Israeli forces across the West Bank. About 95 per cent of the displacement was reported in the refugee camps of Jenin, Nur Shams and Tulkarm. This represents 81 per cent of all displacement reported due to the destruction of homes during Israeli military operations since January 2023 (908 people).

West Bank

[Palestinian Monitoring Group]

Israeli Army attack – 2 wounded, including youngster: Ramallah – 09:1515:20, Israeli Occupation forces, firing live ammunition, stormed into Kobar and wounded two people, including a youngster, while raiding a pharmacy. During the raid, residents were interrogated by the Israeli military.

Israeli Army attack – 1 wounded: Ramallah – 19:55-midnight, Israeli forces raided al-Bireh, wounding a resident: Ibrahim Munther Qadimat.

Israeli Army attack – 1 youngster killed: Jenin – 20:0000:20, the Israeli Army, firing live ammunition at people while storming into Araba, killed a 17-year-old youth: Yamen Muhammad Hasiti.

Israeli Army attack – Red Cross vehicle under fire: Nablus – 12:40, Israeli troops, in the village of Jalloud, opened fire on a Red Cross vehicle while inspecting villagers homes that had been subjected to repeated settler attacks.

Israeli Army attack – 1 injured: Nablus – 13:20, the Israeli military stormed into the village of Jalloud, opening fire towards homes, as well as the village mosque and injuring a villager.

Israeli Army attack – 1 wounded: Nablus – 23:2001:00, Israeli soldiers stormed into Beit Furik, wounding a resident.

Israeli Army attack – 1 taken prisoner: Bethlehem – 19:25midnight, Israeli Occupation forces, fired live ammunition, near the entrance to the village of Husan, and took prisoner one resident.

Israeli Army attack: Hebron – morning, Israeli forces opened fire towards people while raiding homes in Beit Ummar.

Israeli Army attack – shepherds under fire pastoral sabotage: Hebron – 16:30, the Israeli Army opened fire towards shepherds on pastoral land, south-east of Yatta.

Home invasions: Jenin – 01:50, Israeli Occupation forces raided Ya’bad and searched three homes.

Home invasion theft and surveillance: Tubas – 11:20-16:00, Israeli forces raided the village of Atuf and seized the surveillancecamera recordings from a house.

Home invasions: Tubas – 01:55-05:15, the Israeli Army raided al-Farah village and searched two homes.

Home invasions wife and mother taken hostage: Tulkarem – 01:0504:30, Israeli troops raided the city and took hostage both the wife as well as the mother of a man, Alaa Shreiteh, in order to force him to surrender to Occupation forces.

Home invasions in refugee camp: Nablus – 01:5005:30, Israeli forces raided the Balata refugee camp and invaded homes.

Home invasion: Salfit – 13:10, the Israeli Army raided Deir Ballut and invaded a house.

Home invasion: Bethlehem – dawn, Israeli troops raided the Dheisheh refugee camp and searched a home.

Home invasion: Hebron – 22:30, the Israeli military stormed into Tafuh and raided a house.

Home invasion: Hebron – 00:15, Israeli soldiers raided al-Dhahiriya and searched a home.

Israeli police and settlers’ mosque violation: Jerusalem – 08:00, settler militants, escorted by Israeli police, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and molested worshippers.

Israeli Army – robbery: Ramallah – 12:50, Israeli Occupation forces seized a Ni’lin municipality garbage vehicle.

Israeli Army – child abductions: Hebron – 19:25, Israeli forces, in Surif, abducted two children: Qassam Muhammad Halahla (aged 14) and 15-year-old Elias Ibrahim Halahla.

Occupation settler land-grab: Ramallah – 09:30, Israeli Occupation settlers occupied an area, east of al-Mughayir village and installed mobile homes on it.

Occupation settler land-grab: Bethlehem – 14:35-18:05, Israeli settlers raided, and began ploughing, an area of Khalayel al-Lawz ​​farmland.

Occupation settler land-grab: Bethlehem – Israeli Occupation settlers built a settlement road around privately-owned land, in the village of Battir land.

Occupation settler land-grab and water crime: Hebron – 11:25, Israeli settlers grazed sheep on al-Fakhit village farmland and poured toxic chemicals into a well.

Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Hebron – 11:35, Israeli Occupation settlers grazed sheep on al-Samou village farmland.

Occupation settler arson attack: Hebron – 04:05, Israeli settlers invaded the village of Beitin and set fire to 14 vehicles in a car sales showroom.

Raid: Ramallah – 09:45, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the village of Qarawat Bani Zaid.

Raid: Ramallah – 13:10-15:00, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the village of al-Nabi Saleh.

Raid: Ramallah – 03:1004:10, the Israeli Army raided the village of Kafr Ein, taking prisoner one person.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 04:15, Israeli troops raided al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya, taking prisoner one person.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Jenin – 00:4001:40, the Israeli military raided al-Yamoun, taking prisoner one person.

Raid 5 taken prisoner: Jenin – 05:3007:35, Israeli soldiers raided Maythaloun, taking prisoner five people.

Raid assaults: Jenin – dawn, Israeli Occupation forces raided Ya’bad and assaulted a minor, Faris Ali Ahmed Turkman (aged 17) as well as one other person: Ihab Bassam Turkman.

Raids: Tulkarem – 09:45, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the villages of Kafa and Izbit Shufa.

Raid: Tulkarem – 13:05, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled Quffin.

Raid: Tulkarem – 01:1504:30, Israeli troops raided and patrolled the Shweika suburb.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 19:50-midnight, the Israeli military raided and patrolled the village of Immatin.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 00:1003:20, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled the village of Hajjah.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Qalqiliya – 00:4503:20, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Azzun, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 01:1503:20, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the city.

Raid mosque violation: Nablus – 15:10, the Israeli Army raided the village of Asira al-Qibliya and removed Entry doors to the Al-Abrar Mosque.

Raid: Nablus – 16:50, Israeli troops raided and patrolled the village of Orif.

Raid 2 wounded, including youngster: Nablus – 16:55, the Israeli military, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided the village of Iraq Burin, wounding a 17-year-old youth, Abdullah Ayman Ayesh Qadous, as well as one other person: Kamal Naeem Muhammad Nassar.

Raid: Nablus – 17:5022:55, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled Jama’in.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Nablus – 01:20, Israeli Occupation forces raided the village of Beit Imrin, taking prisoner one person.

Raid beatings-up: Salfit – 19:5023:55, Israeli forces raided the village of Haris, beatingup two people: Muntaser Mufid Salman and Ismail Walid Salman.

Raid: Salfit – 21:3003:20, the Israeli Army raided Deir Ballut.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Salfit – 00:3003:20, Israeli troops raided Salfit, taking prisoner one person.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Jericho – 12:15, the Israeli military raided the city, taking prisoner one person.

Raid populationcontrol: Bethlehem – 12:40, Israeli soldiers raided the village of Husan and forced the shops to close.

Raid refugee camp: Bethlehem – 22:50-midnight, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the Aida refugee camp.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Bethlehem – 02:05, Israeli forces raided al-Khadr, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Hebron – 10:25-14:10, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled al-Samou.

Raid 5 taken prisoner, including a youngster: Hebron – 18:1000:45, Israeli troops raided Halhul, taking prisoner five people, including a 17-year-old youth: Muhammad Hani Ahmed Abu Rayan.

Raid robbery: Hebron – 19:2000:30, the Israeli military raided Bani Naim and made off with one person’s motor vehicle.

Raid 2 taken prisoner: Hebron – 01:55, Israeli soldiers raided Hebron, taking prisoner two people.

Raid 3 taken prisoner Hebron – 03:00, Israeli Occupation forces raided al-Shuyukh, taking prisoner three people.


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