In Occupied Palestine – 29 January 2024

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In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

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

08:00, on 29 January until 08:00, 30 January 2024

[Source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group]

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.

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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: 114 people killed in Gaza brings the total number of deaths since 7 October to at least 26,751. With another 249 wounded, that has risen to 65,636. Fully accurate statistics are not available, due to insecurity menacing hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Occupation forces continued their invasion and positioning, dividing the Gaza Strip into three and continuing deadly fire inside the enclave, as well as airstrike and live fire, including shelling,from behind the Green Line. The Israeli Navy also carried on targeting civilian areas, including homes as well as agriculture. The Palestinian Resistance continued to fire dozens of missiles towards the Green Line.

OCHA Flash Update #105

OCHA Flash Update #106

Intense bombardment continues across much of the Gaza Strip, resulting in additional casualties, displacement and devastation. The destruction of homes is estimated to have generated over 8 million metric tons of debris, which could take years to remove.

The bombardment continues across much of the Gaza Strip, resulting in additional casualties, displacement, and devastation. The destruction of homes is estimated to have generated over 8 million metric tons of debris, which could take years to remove.

On 29 January, the Israeli military ordered residents of the neighbourhoods of An Nassar, Ash Sheikh Radwan, Ash Shati Refugee camp, Rimal Ash Shamali and Al Janubi, Sabra, Ash Sheikh ‘Ajlin, and Tel Al Hawa in western Gaza City to evacuate towards the south. The new order covered an area of 12.43 square kilometres, which amounts to 3.4 per cent of the total area of the Gaza Strip. This area was home to almost 300,000 Palestinians before 7 October and, subsequently, 59 shelters with an estimated 88,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) seeking refuge there. The Israeli repeated these evacuation orders on 30 January. Since 1 December, when the Israeli military started ordering people to evacuate from specific areas, 158 square kilometres, which amount to 41 per cent of the Gaza Strip, have been placed under such orders. This area was home to 1.38 million Palestinians before 7 October and, subsequently, it contained 161 shelters hosting an estimated 700,750 IDPs.

During the past week, large numbers of Palestinian men have been observed being detained by the Israeli military at a checkpoint within the city of Khan Younis, with many of them stripped to their underwear, blindfolded and taken away.

In the second half of January, humanitarian partners continue to observe an increasing trend in denied and restricted access to the northern and central areas of Gaza. The reasons include excessive delays for humanitarian aid convoys before or at Israeli checkpoints and heightened hostilities in central Gaza. Threats to the safety of humanitarian personnel and sites are also frequent, impeding the delivery of time-sensitive and life-saving aid and pose serious risks to those involved in humanitarian efforts.

On 30 January, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported that shrapnel falling on Al Amal Hospital and the adjacent PRCS headquarters in Khan Younis had resulted in one fatality and nine injuries among IDPs taking refuge there. Later, that day, the PRCS reported that both buildings had been raided by the Israeli military and that PRCS teams and IDPs were asked to evacuate the premises; the Israeli military has denied the claim. On 29 January, at about 14:00, the PRCS reported that the surgical ward at Al Amal Hospital had ceased operations due to the depletion of oxygen supplies. The PRCS stated that the continuing fighting and the siege of the facilities is hindering the movement of ambulances and emergency medical teams in Khan Younis and preventing medical teams from reaching the injured and transporting them to the hospital for necessary medical care.

On 29 January, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) expressed its alarm at the deteriorating lack of obstetric care in Gaza, caused by the continuous bombings, restrictions on humanitarian aid, and attacks on healthcare facilities. In the Rafah area, the Emirati Maternity Hospital is the main remaining facility for displaced pregnant women but can only respond to the most urgent and life-threatening deliveries, as it struggles to cope with three times the number of deliveries it handled before the war. With so little access to maternal health services, many pregnant women have not received any care since the start of the war, and are unable to check on the health of their children. Displaced women are giving birth in plastic tents and public buildings and those who manage to deliver in a hospital often return to their makeshift shelters just hours after undergoing a caesarean. MSF is supporting the Emirati Hospital with postpartum care by adding 12 beds to the ward, to reach a 20-bed capacity, thus allowing more patients to receive proper monitoring post-delivery. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 50,000 women are pregnant, and according to UNICEF an estimated 20,000 babies have been born since the start of the war.

In a statement issued on 30 January, Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee referred to recent decisions by various Member States to pause funds for UNRWA, warning that such actions would have “catastrophic consequences for the people of Gaza,” as “no other entity has the capacity to deliver the scale and breath of assistance that 2.2 million people in Gaza urgently need.” They have called upon donors to reconsider such decisions, which have come in response to Israeli allegations of involvement of several UNRWA staff in the 7 October attacks on Israel. Referring to these attacks as heinous, the Principals recalled the Secretary-General’s statement whereby “any UN employee involved in acts of terror will be held accountable.”

In the early morning hours of 30 January, Israeli undercover forces, disguised as medical staff and civilians, killed three Palestinian men inside Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin city. Among the fatalities were two brothers, one of whom was receiving treatment for wounds he sustained in an Israeli airstrike in Jenin on 25 January. According to Israeli military, the men were planning attacks in Israel and hiding in the hospital. The Israeli army also claimed that one of the fatalities had a gun, a claim denied by hospital staff. Describing the incident as ‘a seemingly planned extrajudicial execution,’ the UN Human Rights Office called on the Israeli authorities ‘to immediately end the unlawful killing of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, which the office has increasingly documented after 7 October, and to provide accountability for all unlawful use of force. Subsequently, Israeli forces raided Jenin city and exchanged fire with Palestinians and arrested three.

Hostilities and casualties (Gaza Strip)

The following are among the deadliest incidents reported on 28 and 29 January:

On 28 January, at about 17:30, four Palestinians were reportedly killed, and others injured, after a residential building in An Nuseirat Refugee Camp, Middle Area, was struck.

On 28 January, at about 19:00, at least 10 Palestinians were reportedly killed, after a residential building in Ash Shati’ Refugee Camp, Gaza City, was struck.

On 28 January, at about 21:40, 23 Palestinians were reportedly killed, after a residential building in An Nuseirat Refugee Camp, Middle Area, was struck.

On 29 January at about 18:00, six Palestinians, including four children, were reportedly shot and killed while driving in their vehicle in Gaza City, according to PRCS.

On 29 January, at about 15:00, 25 Palestinians were reportedly killed, and tens of others were injured, after a residential building in At Tuffah neighbourhood, Gaza City, was struck.

On 29 January, at about 19:30, 20 Palestinians were reportedly killed, and tens of others were injured, after a residential building in As Sabra neighbourhood, Gaza City, was struck.

Displacement (Gaza Strip)

As of 26 January, according to UNRWA, there are an estimated 1.7 million IDPs in Gaza. Many of them have been displaced multiple times, as families have been forced to move repeatedly in search of safety. Due to continued fighting and evacuation orders, some households have moved away from the shelters where they were initially registered. Rafah governorate is where over one million people are squeezed into an extremely overcrowded space. Following intense Israeli bombardment and fighting in Khan Younis and Deir al Balah in recent days, as well as new Israeli military evacuation orders, a significant number of displaced people have moved further south.

On 29 January, according to UNRWA, 10 IDPs were killed and several more injured as a result of Israeli missile strike inside a classroom in a school in Gaza city. At least 372 IDPs sheltering in UNRWA shelters have been killed and 1,335 injured since 7 October.

Health care, including attacks (Gaza Strip)

According to WHO, health care in Gaza remains extremely fragile. The seven partially functional hospitals in the north have been offering limited maternity, trauma, and emergency care services. However, they face challenges such as a shortage of medical staff, including specialised surgeons, neurosurgeons, and intensive care staff, as well as a lack of medical supplies, and have an urgent need for fuel, food, and drinking water. The seven partially functional hospitals in the south are operating at three times their capacity, while facing critical shortages of basic supplies and fuel. Hospitals in Khan Younis are at risk of closure due to intense hostilities and the issuance of evacuation orders in adjacent areas. Over 90 health facilities and over 80 ambulances have been impacted since the escalation of hostilities. Other factors include power supply disruptions and fuel shortages. According to the MoH in Gaza, on average, occupancy rates are reaching 206 per cent in inpatient departments and 250 per cent in intensive care units.

As of 25 January, according to the WHO, only 14 of 36 hospitals in Gaza are partially functional; seven in the north and seven in the south. ‘Partial functionality’ indicates that a hospital is accessible to people in need of health care; it can admit some new patients and can undertake some level of surgery. In addition, Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis is ‘minimally functioning,’ providing available services to patients in its care, but no longer receiving patients or supplies, as it is surrounded by the Israeli military and experiencing intense fighting. Al Kheir Hospital in Khan Younis, which was previously designated as ‘minimally functioning,’ and one of only three in the Gaza Strip that provides maternity services, is no longer operational, with reports of patients, who had just undergone critical operations, having to flee the facility.

Humanitarian Access

Between 1 and 25 January, 51 missions to deliver humanitarian aid were planned for the north of Wadi Gaza; however, only eight were facilitated by the Israeli military while 29 were denied access. Most of the missions that were facilitated access were related to food distribution, while those intended to support critical hospitals and Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) facilitates were largely denied access. The access of two missions was partially facilitated (e.g., only the assessment components were facilitated, without a planned delivery of aid supplies) and another four were postponed (due to security and other requirements). In an emerging pattern, the access of an additional eight planned missions was initially facilitated, but subsequently impeded as routes designated by the Israeli military proved to be unpassable, or the imposition of excessive delays prior to the departure of the missions or at checkpoints en route.

Between 1 and 25 January, humanitarian partners coordinated 87 humanitarian missions to the Deir al Balah governorate of Gaza, of which 63 per cent (55 missions) were facilitated and 25 per cent (22 missions) were denied access. Due to increasing military activity, ten missions were postponed. Postponement of humanitarian movements to and from hospitals and humanitarian sites has been an emerging trend since 12 January due to increased military activity. The need to coordinate movement to areas south of Wadi Gaza has only been a requirement by the Israeli authorities since December.

None of the 22 requests by the United Nations to the Israeli military to open checkpoints early to access areas north of Wadi Gaza were facilitated. Given the heavy congestion around UN warehouses and the high levels of needs, early movement is essential for security, programmatic and protection reasons. The humanitarian community has consistently called for both main supply routes to be open in Gaza, and for checkpoints to open at 6:00 every day. Only one of the two main supply routes has been made available for aid missions so far.

In addition to widespread attacks on health care facilities and workers, 12 incidents of attacks against, and access constraints on, Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) were recorded between 7 November 2023 and 24 January 2024. These included ten instances of direct and indirect fire resulting in seven deaths and 12 injuries (including to members of EMTs, patients and other people within the vicinity) and two entry blockages. These teams have been undertaking life-saving surgeries in partially functioning over-congested hospitals across Gaza.

Violence and casualties (West Bank)

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 30 January 2024, 370 Palestinians have been killed, including 94 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 370 fatalities, 360 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 30 January), 61 Palestinians, including at least 13 children, have been killed by Israeli forces, settlers or either Israeli forces or settlers. Another Palestinian man was killed by Palestinians on 7 January 2024, reportedly in the belief that he was a settler.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 30 January 2024, six Israelis, including four members of Israeli forces, have been killed in Palestinian-perpetrated attacks in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. This includes a Palestinian woman with Israeli citizenship, residing in the West Bank, who died on 24 January from wounds she received in an attack by Palestinians on 7 January. 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 30 January 2024, 4,386 Palestinians, including 660 children, have been injured in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Of them, 4,250 have been injured by Israeli forces, 115 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 30 January 2024, OCHA has recorded 477 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians, resulting in Palestinian casualties (48 incidents), damage to Palestinian-owned property (372 incidents), or both casualties and damage to property (57 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 29 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 displacement 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).

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 30 January 2024, 495 Palestinians, including 246 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. About 100 Palestinian homes have been demolished on the same grounds between 7 October 2023 and 30 January 2024.

A total of 22 homes have been demolished and 105 Palestinians, including 45 children, displaced due to punitive demolitions from 7 October 2023 and as of 30 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.

As a result of an Israeli raid on 29 January in Tulkarm and its refugee camps of Nur Shams and Tulkarm, significant damage to infrastructure and residential houses was reported. Since 7 October 2023 and as of 30 January 2024, 744 Palestinians, including 311 children, have been displaced, following the destruction of 117 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 82 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 – 1 youngster killed: Ramallah – 11:40, Israeli Occupation forces firing live ammunition, stormed Silwad, killing an 18-yearold resident: Obaida Hassan Abdel Rahman Hamed.

Israeli Army attack – 3 killed in hospital: Jenin – 05:40, Israeli forces, disguised in civilian clothing and using weapons equipped with silencers, raided the Ibn Sina Hospital and killed three peopl:,Muhammad Walid Jalamneh, Muhammad Ayman Awni al-Ghazawi and his brother, Basil. The Israeli Army also invaded and searched several homes during the attack.

Israeli Army vandalismeconomic sabotage and home invasions: Tulkarem – 21:3506:50, the Israeli Army, storming the city, bulldozed streets and destroyed infrastructure in two refugee camps while also searching a number of homes.

Israeli Army attack: Nablus – 18:20, Israeli troops opened fire towards a vehicle (carrying two people) on its way between Aqraba and the village of Osirin.

Israeli Army attack – 1 youngster killed another wounded: Bethlehem – 11:05-14:50, Israeli Occupation forces, firing live ammunition, stormed into the Khirbet al-Deir area of Tuqu’, killing a sixteen-year-old youth, Rani Yasser Khalaf al-Shaer, and wounding a 17-year-old youngster: Ahmed Saleh Suleiman.

Israeli Army attack – 1 woman wounded: Bethlehem – 18:0522:00, Israeli soldiers, firing live ammunition, stormed into the village of Husan, wounding a woman: Halima Ahmed Funun.

Death: Hebron – 18-year-old Muhammad Ismail Al-Fasfous has now died from wounds sustained in an earlier Israeli attack on Dura.

Home invasion and occupation: Ramallah – evening, Israeli forces raided Sinjil and invaded a home, occupying it for use as a military post.

Home invasions: Hebron – 20:0023:50, Israeli Occupation forces raided Tarqumiya and searched several homes.

Home invasions 2 taken prisoner: Hebron – 03:05, Israeli forces, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided the al-Arroub refugee camp and invaded homes, taking prisoner two residents.

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

Occupation settler violence: Nablus – 14:35, Israeli Occupation settlers stoned passing vehicles, on the Madama village bridge.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Ramallah – dawn, Israeli Occupation forces raided Beit Liqiya, taking prisoner one person.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 02:10, the Israeli Army raided Umm Safa village, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Jenin – 19:10, Israeli troops raided Ya’bad and searched a café.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Tulkarem – 08:00-13:35, the Israeli military raided al-Nazlah al-Sharqiya, taking prisoner one person.

Raid2 taken prisoner: Qalqiliya – dawn, Israeli soldiers raided Azzun, taking prisoner two people.

Raid: Nablus – 08:15-11:45, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the village of Burin.

Raid1 beaten up: Nablus – 15:00-16:25, Israeli forces, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided the village of Asira al-Qibliya, beating up a resident: Nabil Ahmed.

Raid: Nablus – 00:2502:55, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled the village of Burqa.

Raid3 taken prisoner: Nablus – 04:3007:00, Israeli troops raided the city, taking prisoner three people.

Raid2 taken prisoner: Hebron – 03:50, Israeli soldiers raided Bani Naim, taking prisoner two people.

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Leslie Bravery is a Londoner with vivid World War Two memories of the Nazi blitz on his home town. In 1947/1948 His father explained to him what was happening to the Palestinians thus: “Any ideology or political movement that creates refugees in the process of realising its ambitions must be inhuman and should be opposed and condemned as unacceptable.” What followed confirmed this assessment of the Zionist entity a hundredfold. Now a retired flamenco guitarist, with a lifelong interest in the tragedy of what happened to the Palestinian people, he tries to publicise their plight. Because the daily injustices they suffer barely get a mention in the mainstream news media, Leslie edits/compiles a daily newsletter, In Occupied Palestine, for the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. These days, to preserve his sanity, he enjoys taking part in a drama group whenever possible!

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