In Occupied Palestine – 03 February 2024

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In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

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

08:00, 03 February until 08:00, 04 February 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: 127 people killed in Gaza brings the total number of deaths since 7 October to at least 27,365. With another 178 wounded, that has risen to 66,630. Fully accurate statistics are not available, due to insecurity menacing hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

OCHA Flash Update #110

Intense Israeli bombardment from air, land, and sea continue to be reported across much of the Gaza Strip between 3 and 4 February, resulting in further civilian casualties, displacement, and destruction of civilian infrastructure. Ground operations and fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups also continue to be reported across much of Gaza.

Health care in Gaza remains extremely precarious, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As of 30 January, only 13 out of 36 hospitals (36 per cent) in Gaza are functional, but only partially; seven in the north and six in the south. Heavy fighting continues to be reported near Nasser and Al Amal hospitals in Khan Younis, jeopardizing the safety of medical staff, the wounded and the sick, as well as thousands of IDPs seeking refuge at the hospitals. On 3 February, at about 21:40, hostilities were reported in the vicinity of the Gaza European Hospital, east of Khan Younis, where one Palestinian was reportedly killed, six were injured and damage caused to the hospital.

On 2 February, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) expressed their shock at the recent killing of three members of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Gaza. One staff member and one volunteer were killed near the gate of the Al Amal Hospital on 31 January and another staff member was killed on 2 February at the PRCS headquarters, in the same compound as the Al-Amal hospital. The deaths followed several days of shelling and fighting around the hospital, which hindered access to the facility and created panic and distress among patients and thousands of displaced people. According to PRCS, three IDPs were also killed in the compound due to hostilities on 2 February. The IFRC reiterated that “under International Humanitarian Law, hospitals, ambulances, healthcare workers, and their patients must be respected and protected in every situation.” Since 7 October, the IFRC network has had a total of 14 of its members killed, comprising eleven PRCS staff and volunteers, killed in Gaza, and three from Israel’s Magen David Adom, killed in Israel.

On 3 February, the PRCS reported that the fate of two staff members in the ambulance team that had been dispatched on 29 January to rescue a six-year-old girl in Gaza city remained unknown as does the whereabouts of the child the PRCS workers were dispatched to rescue after the vehicle she was in was struck, killing her family members.

On 2 February, the organization Humanity and Inclusion (HI) reported that its office located in Gaza city, has been destroyed in a bomb strike on 31 January 2024. No alert or warning was given to HI and no staff were present at the time. The coordinates of the building had been communicated to the notification system put in place by the UN and Israeli forces to avoid the inadvertent targeting of humanitarian premises. The HI Regional Director in Middle East expressed his deep concern, “about the pattern of the past months of destroying civilian buildings where NGOs have their offices, schools or civilian’s houses. It’s again the demonstration that nowhere in Gaza is safe. This must stop, and an immediate, long-lasting ceasefire is the only solution.”

There are reports of significant destruction to residential blocks across Gaza, particularly in Khan Younis, by Israeli forces. On 2 February, the destruction of residential blocks were reported in Al Sabra neighbourhood, Gaza city, and also two blocks in southern and eastern Khan Younis. On 3 February, a residential block was reportedly destroyed in central Khan Younis. No casualties were reported in the incidents.

Hostilities and casualties (Gaza Strip)

The following are among the deadliest incidents reported between 2 and 4 February:

On 2 February, at about 14:00, eight Palestinians were reportedly killed, after residential buildings in western Khan Younis were fired upon.

On 2 February, at about 14:20, four Palestinians were reportedly killed in An Nemsawi, southern Khan Younis, after tank shells were reportedly fired towards a group of people.

On 3 February, at about 00:10, at least 11 Palestinians were reportedly killed, and 27 other injured, including women, children and elderly, after a residential building near An Najjar hospital, in eastern Rafah, was struck.

On 3 February, at about 1:15, four Palestinians were reportedly killed, after a residential building in eastern Rafah was struck.

On 3 February, at about 16:20, a residential building in Bani Suheila, east of Khan Younis was struck. Over 20 Palestinians reportedly remain under the rubble as ambulances and civil defence crews are unable to reach them due to ongoing fighting.

On 3 February, at about 16:45, five Palestinians, including one child, were reportedly killed, and 13 others were injured, after a residential building in east of Rafah city was struck.

Displacement (Gaza Strip)

Some 75 per cent of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million people, more than half of whom are children, are displaced according to UNRWA’s estimates. They face acute shortages of food, water, shelter and medicine. Intense fighting around Khan Younis continues to drive thousands of people into the southern town of Rafah, which is already hosting over half of Gaza’s population. Most are living in makeshift structures, tents, or out in the open, according to UNRWA.

Humanitarian Access (Gaza Strip)

In January, ten of the 61 humanitarian aid missions planned for the north of Wadi Gaza (16 per cent) were facilitated by the Israeli authorities, two (3 per cent) were partially facilitated, 34 missions (56 per cent) were denied access, and six (10 per cent) were postponed by aid organizations due to internal operational constraints. In an emerging pattern, the access of an additional nine missions (15 per cent) was initially facilitated, but subsequently impeded as routes designated by the Israeli military proved to be unpassable, or due to the imposition of excessive delays prior to the departure of the missions or at checkpoints en route. Facilitated missions primarily involved food distribution, while the access of missions to support critical hospitals and facilities providing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services remained largely denied.

According to WHO, 1,243 medical cases including wounded people and those suffering from pre-existing medical conditions, along with 1,025 companions, have been evacuated from Gaza via Rafah as of 30 January; these include people who are receiving treatment in Egypt and other countries.

Settler Violence

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 4 February 2024, OCHA has recorded 498 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians, resulting in Palestinian casualties (49 incidents), damage to Palestinian-owned property (391 incidents), or both casualties and damage to property (58 incidents). In 2023, 1,264 attacks carried out by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem (with or without Israeli forces), resulted in Palestinian casualties, Palestinian-owned property damage or both. Some 945 incidents resulted in material damage, 165 incidents resulted in casualties and 154 resulted in both material damage and casualties. This is the highest number of settler attacks against Palestinians in any given year since OCHA started recording incidents involving settlers in 2006.

On 3 February, Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli forces, raided the ‘Ein al ‘Auja community in Jericho, shot live ammunition, and attacked residents with bats and stones, injuring a man in the head with a stone. The settlers also stole a Palestinian-owned sheep and vandalized at least six Palestinian-owned vehicles. Israeli forces also detained and physically assaulted two Palestinians.

Displacement (West Bank)

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 4 February 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 4 February 2024, 503 Palestinians, including 248 children, have been displaced following the demolition of their homes in Area C and East Jerusalem, due to lack of Israeli-issued building permits, which are almost impossible to obtain. Overall, in 2023, 892 structures were demolished, sealed off and/or confiscated, due to the lack of Israeli-issued building permits in Area C and East Jerusalem, resulting in the displacement of 1,148 Palestinians, including 575 children. Some 39 per cent of people displaced occurred between October and December 2023.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 4 February 2024, Israeli forces punitively demolished 22 Palestinian-owned homes, displacing 105 Palestinians, including 45 children. The numbers exceed those reported in the first nine months of 2023, during which 16 homes were punitively demolished and 78 people displaced in that context.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 4 February 2024, 779 Palestinians, including 324 children, have been displaced, following the destruction of 123 homes during 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 86 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 – beating up and home invasions: Jenin – 22:0001:25, Israeli Occupation forces, firing live ammunition, stormed into Araba, invading homes and severely beating up a resident: Muhammad Subhi Al-Atari.

Israeli Army attack – 1 wounded home invasion: Tulkarem – 16:30, Israeli forces, firing live ammunition, stormed the village of Kafr Jamal, invading a home and wounding a resident: Laith Ramzi Muhammad Mustafa.

Israeli Army attack: Nablus – 01:15, the Israeli Army, firing live ammunition, stormed Nablus.

Israeli Army attack – 2 wounded in refugee camp 2 taken prisoner: Nablus – 01:15, Israeli troops stormed the Balata refugee camp, shooting and wounding two residents, one of whom is named Luay Muhammad Mustafa Masha. Two other residents were taken prisoner.

Home invasion: Jenin – 14:30, Israeli Occupation forces raided Quffin and searched a house.

Home invasions by settlers: Jenin – 17:45, Israeli Occupation settlers invaded the Khirbet Farasin area, south-west of Ya’bad and invaded five homes, breaking down and removing their front doors. The settlers also raided a poultry farm and destroyed its contents.

Home invasions and economic sabotage: Jenin – 17:45, Israeli Occupation settlers invaded the Khirbet Farasin area, southwest of Ya’bad and invaded five homes, breaking down and removing their front doors. They also raided a poultry farm and destroyed its contents.

Home invasion: Tulkarem – 14:30, Israeli Occupation forces raided Quffin and searched a house.

Home invasions – rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades: Tulkarem – 00:40, Israeli forces, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided Anabta and searched two homes.

Home invasion: Nablus – 21:4523:55, the Israeli Army raided Salem village and searched a home.

Home invasions: Bethlehem – 18:1022:45, Israeli troops raided the villages of Husan as well as al-Jab’a and invaded two homes.

Home invasions and deaththreats by settlers: Hebron – evening, armed Israelis, from the Ma’on Occupation settlement and the Atzkhar Man settlement outpost, attacked people’s homes in the Khirbet al-Tuba area, threatening them with death and deportation.

Home invasion: Hebron – 20:00, the Israeli military raided Sa’ir and searched a house.

Israeli Army assault with rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades 1 wounded: Jerusalem – dawn, Israeli Occupation forces, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, wounded a resident in the Shuafat refugee camp.

Israeli Army child abduction pastoral sabotage: Ramallah – 15:30, Israeli forces abducted a 15-year-old shepherd, Iyad Issa Al-Sheikh, while he was herding sheep.

Israeli Army armed robbery: Bethlehem – Israeli troops, at the Container checkpoint, seized a private vehicle owned by an al-Ubeidiya resident: Rakan Muhammad Shanaita.

Israeli Army assault with stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Hebron – Israeli Army Occupation forces fired stun grenades at people protesting against settler attacks on agriculture and pasture.

Israeli Army armed robbery agricultural sabotage: Hebron – 12:10, Israeli troops robbed a farmer, Nasser Musa Muhammad Idais, of his bulldozer while he was working his land, near the village of Hadab al-Fawar.

Occupation settler violence and religious persecution: Jerusalem – evening, Israeli Occupation settlers assaulted a German monk, Father Nicodemus Schnabel, spitting on him as well asabusing him with insults and profanity.

Occupation settler arson: Ramallah – 15:40, Israeli settlers set fire to a private vehicle, near the Burqa village bridge.

Occupation settler terrorism and pastoral sabotage: Tubas – 12:45, Israeli settlers terrorised shepherds on pastoral land, east of the Khirbet Makhoul area in the North Jordan Valley, and prevented them from grazing their flocks.

Occupation settler terrorism and pastoral sabotage: Nablus – 15:45, Israeli settlers terrorised shepherds, in the Wadi Yanun area near Aqraba.

Occupation settler plunder and pastoral sabotage: Jericho – 13:30, armed Occupation settlers, accompanied by Occupation forces, stormed the Bedouin community in the Ein al-Auja area, north of Jericho, and stole ten sheep.

Occupation settler terrorism and pastoral sabotage: Jericho – armed settlers, accompanied by dogs, terrorised Arab al-Malihat community shepherds.

Raid: Jerusalem – 23:15, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled al-Ram.

Raid: Ramallah – 16:35, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the village of Ein Yabrud.

Raidin refugee camp – 1 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 04:2006:25, the Israeli Army raided the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, taking prisoner one person.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 05:10, Israeli troops raided the village of Jaffna, taking prisoner one person.

Raidrubber-coated bullets and stun grenades fired: Tulkarem – 21:23:40 30, the Israeli military, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided Quffin.

Raid: Tulkarem – 16:25, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled Baqa al-Sharqiya.

Raids – 3 taken prisoner: Qalqiliya – 07:15, Israeli Occupation forces raided Hablat as well as the villages of Nabi Elias and Sanniria, taking prisoner three people.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 14:50, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Azzun.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 15:00, Israeli forces, firing stun grenades, raided and patrolled Jayus.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Qalqiliya – midnight, the Israeli Army raided Azzun, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Nablus – 16:45, Israeli troops raided and patrolled the village of Jureish.

Raid: Nablus – 19:20, the Israeli military raided and patrolled the village of Duma.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner – rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades fired: Nablus – 19:30, Israeli soldiers, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided Beita, taking prisoner four people.

Raid: Nablus – 20:3522:05, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the village of Odala.

Raid: Nablus – 22:40, Israeli forces raided and patrolled Yatma village.

Raids: Salfit – 15:40, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled Bidya as well as the village of Sarta.

Raid: Salfit – 21:4022:30, Israeli troops raided and patrolled the village of Haris.

Raidrubber-coated bullets and stun grenades fired in refugee camp: Jericho – 01:25, the Israeli military, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided and patrolled the Ein Sultan refugee camp.

Raidstun grenades: Bethlehem – evening, Israeli soldiers, firing stun grenades, raided and patrolled al-Khadr.

Raid: Hebron – 16:45, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Dura.

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