In Occupied Palestine – 05 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, 05 February 08:00, 06 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: 107 people killed in Gaza brings the total number of deaths since 7 October to at least 27,585. With another 143 wounded, that has risen to 66,978. Fully accurate statistics are not available, due to insecurity menacing hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

 

 

 

OCHA Flash Update #112

For over two weeks, 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 internally displaced persons (IDPs) seeking refuge at both hospitals. On 6 February, the Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israeli forces have intensified their siege of Nasser Hospital, endangering the lives of 300 medical personnel, 450 wounded, and some 10,000 displaced people seeking shelter in the hospital compound. There is a severe shortage of surgical supplies and sutures and there is an estimated four days left of the amount of fuel needed to power hospital generators.

On 5 February, PRCS reported that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had received approval from the Israeli authorities for safe passage for IDPs situated in Al Amal hospital and the PRCS headquarters in Khan Younis to evacuate to Al Mawasi area, also in Khan Younis. Some 8,000 IDPs have since evacuated with about 40 elderly people and 80 patients and wounded persons. About a hundred administrative and medical staff remain in the hospital and PRCS Headquarters. On 5 February, the PRCS issued video footage showing damage allegedly caused by Israeli Force operations to the PRCS ambulance centre in Jabalya, northern Gaza, which resulted in the destruction of an unknown number of ambulances. On 6 February, UNRWA reported that 84 per cent of its health facilities in Gaza have been affected by attacks, and that, due to continued bombardment and access restrictions, only four out of 22 UNRWA health facilities are operational.

On 5 February, PRCS reported that the Israeli military summoned two of its senior staff, including Al Amal Hospital’s Deputy Director, for interrogation The Deputy Director is still being detained. On 6 February, PRCS reported that two of its volunteer staff were arrested while passing through the humanitarian corridor set up the previous day. In addition, the whereabouts of the two PRCS staff members and the six-year-old girl whom they had been dispatched to rescue on 29 January is still unknown.

Attacks on schools hosting IDPs continue to be reported. As of 3 February, UNRWA reported that at least 282 incidents have impacted its facilities sheltering displaced families. As a result, at least 377 IDPs taking refuge in UNRWA shelters (including schools) have been killed and 1,365 injured since 7 October, the Agency reports. Subsequently, On 5 February, at about 13:00, one Palestinian was allegedly shot and killed, and others were injured, at a school hosting IDPs in Khan Younis.

Reports of significant destruction to residential blocks and towers across Gaza by Israeli forces, particularly in Khan Younis, continued. On 5 February, the bombing of residential squares, buildings and a residential high-rise building was reported in northern and central Khan Younis; the Hamad residential high-rise building in western Khan Younis city; a residential square in Jourat Al ‘Aqqad area in Khan Younis was also reportedly struck, while several residential buildings were struck in Khan Younis Camp. No casualties were reported in these incidents.

The initial findings from screenings for malnutrition carried out by five implementing partners of the Nutrition Cluster indicate a sharp increase in acute malnutrition. About 3,500 children aged 6 to 59 months, were screened at three IDP sites and three health facilities; global acute malnutrition (GAM) was found at a rate of 9.6 per cent, representing a twelve-fold increase compared to the GAM rate of 0.8 per cent recorded before the beginning of hostilities. Furthermore, data from northern Gaza indicate a 16.2 per cent GAM rate, which is above the World Health Organization (WHO) critical threshold of 15 per cent. This sharp rise in acute malnutrition suggests that, without adequate preventive and curative services, the situation will worsen.

Hostilities and casualties (Gaza Strip)

The following are among the deadliest incidents reported between the afternoons of 5 and 6 February:

On 5 February, at about 13:40, a young woman was reportedly killed, when a group of Palestinians was shot at near Al Awda bakery in Bani Suheila, in eastern Khan Younis.

On 5 February, at about 16:20, four Palestinians, including two children, were reportedly killed and others were injured, when a residential building in eastern Rafah was struck.

On 5 February, at about 18:00, the bodies of 15 Palestinians, who were reportedly killed when several residential buildings were struck in Deir al Balah, were transferred to Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, also in Deir al Balah.

On 6 February, at about 2:00, six Palestinians were reportedly killed, and others were injured, when a residential building in northwestern Khan Younis was struck.

On 6 February, at about 10:40, the bodies of four Palestinians were reportedly recovered from under the rubble in southern Gaza city, after a residential building was struck on 5 February.

Displacement (Gaza Strip)

As of 3 February, UNRWA estimates that some 75 per cent of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million people, more than half of whom are children, are displaced. 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. Most are living in makeshift structures, tents, or out in the open, according to UNRWA.

Violence and casualties (West Bank)

On 6 February, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man at Beit Furik checkpoint in Nablus, allegedly after he attempted to carry out a shooting attack at the soldiers. Palestinian medical sources reported that Israeli forces prevented ambulance from reaching him and have withheld his body.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 6 February 2024, 374 Palestinians have been killed, including 96 children, in conflict-related incidents across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the majority (362) by Israeli forces. Additionally, two Palestinians from the West Bank were killed while carrying out an attack in Israel on 30 November. Between 1 January and 6 February 2024, 65 Palestinians, including 15 children, have been killed, the majority by Israeli forces.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 6 February 2024, ten Israelis have been killed in conflict-related incidents in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel. These include five Israelis, including four members of Israeli forces, killed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem; four Israelis killed by Palestinians from the West Bank in Israel, and one Israeli killed by Israeli forces who misidentified him during a Palestinian-perpetrated attack in West Jerusalem.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 6 February 2024, 4,417 Palestinians, including 670 children, have been injured in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Of these, 4,279 have been injured by Israeli forces, 117 people by settlers and 21 people 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 attacks perpetrated by settlers against Palestinians.

Settler Violence

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 6 February 2024, OCHA has recorded 507 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians, resulting in Palestinian casualties (49 incidents), damage to Palestinian-owned property (400 incidents), or both casualties and damage to property (58 incidents). October, followed by November, represented the peak of such incidents, after which the trend has mainly returned to their pre- 7 October levels.

On 5 February 2024, Israeli settlers reportedly from an outpost near Hermesh settlement set fire to a Palestinian-owned farm building in Dhaher al ‘Abed village in Jenin. The house, along with trees and plants, was destroyed. Last summer, settlers from the same outpost reportedly threw two dead dogs in a well that is used for drinking and irrigation by Dhaher al ‘Abed residents.

Displacement (West Bank)

On 5 February, the Israeli authorities demolished two homes in the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem and in Al Burj village in Hebron, displacing three people. Since 7 October 2023 and as of 5 February 2024, 506 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 1,152 Palestinians, including 575 children. One-fourth of the demolished structures in 2023, and over 50 per cent of the people displaced, were in East Jerusalem.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 6 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 6 February 2024, 780 Palestinians, including 322 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 – child shot and killed: Jerusalem – 12:30, Israeli Occupation forces, near the entrance to al-Eizariya, shot and left to die a 14-year-old boy: Wadih Shadi Owaisat.

Israeli Army attack: Tulkarem – 10:15, Israeli forces, firing live ammunition, stormed Quffin.

Israeli Army attack – 1 wounded: Tulkarem – 22:45, Israeli forces, again storming Quffin, wounded a resident: Yamen Muhammad Touma.

Home invasion: Jenin – 23:00, Israeli Occupation forces raided Ya’bad and invaded a home.

Home invasion: Jenin – 04:3507:25, Israeli forces raided al-Yamoun and searched a house.

Home invasions: Jenin – dawn, the Israeli Army raided Araba and invaded a number of homes.

Home invasion: Qalqiliya – 00:4504:10, Israeli troops invaded the village of Kafr Qaddum and searched a house.

Home invasions in refugee camp: Jericho – 01:0002:30, the Israeli military raided the Aqbat Jabir refugee camp and searched four homes.

Home invasions: Jericho – 07:00, Israeli soldiers raided the village of al-Nuwaima and searched five homes.

Home invasion and demolition: Hebron – 10:50, Israeli Occupation forces demolished a two-storey house in the village of Majd, as well as another house under-construction.

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 pastoral sabotage: Hebron – 14:15, Israeli Occupation forces demolished a livestock shelter, in Dhahriya.

Israeli Army agricultural sabotage and land invasion: Hebron – 18:45, Israeli forces set up a military watchtower in the Dhar Ftaima area and placed mobile homes on a family’s farmland planted with grapevines and almond trees.

Occupation settler violence arson and agricultural sabotage: Jenin – 20:00, Israeli settlers invaded Dhar Al-Abd farmland, west of Ya’bad, and set fire to an agricultural building.

Occupation settler racist agricultural sabotage: Salfit – 21:05, Israeli settlers invaded invaded Kafr al-Dik farmland, vandalised farmland and sprayed racist insults on walls.

Occupation settler land-grab agricultural sabotage and water crime: Hebron – 15:00, Israeli settlers stole a bus in the Umm al-Hamah area, east of Yatta, for use as accommodation at a new settlement outpost. The settlers also cut the local water supply and destroyed a number of grapevine seedlings.

Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Hebron – 18:50, Israeli settlers invaded farmland, in the al-Taybeh area of ​​Tarqumiya, and vandalised an agricultural building.

Raid: Ramallah – 10:45, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the village of Deir Qadis.

Raid youngsters abducted: Ramallah – 16:50, Israeli forces raided the village of Deir Abu Masha’al and abducted three minors: Ali Khamis Muhammad Taha (aged 14), Munir Talaat Youssef Hamed (aged 15) and 16-year-old Moamen Muayyad Ahmed Al-Barghouti. One other person was also taken prisoner.

Raid: Jenin – 14:45, the Israeli Army raided the village of Barta’a and invaded a number of shops.

Raid: Jenin – 21:30, Israeli troops raided and patrolled the village of al-Mutala.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Jenin – 03:0004:10, the Israeli military raided the village of Rumana, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Tulkarem – 01:3003:30, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled Attil.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 17:20, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the village of Jinsafut.

Raid: Nablus – 18:05, Israeli forces raided and patrolled Aqraba.

Raid 4 taken prisoner: Nablus – 23:5506:00, the Israeli Army raided the city, taking prisoner four people.

Raids: Nablus – 00:40, Israeli troops raided and patrolled Qabalan as well as the village of Talfit.

Raid: Nablus – 01:5504:35, the Israeli military raided and patrolled the village of al-Nasariya.

Raid 7 taken prisoner: Hebron – dawn, Israeli soldiers raided Beit Ula, taking prisoner seven people.

Raid rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades fired: Hebron – 14:30, Israeli Occupation forces, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided the Beit Einun area, Sa’ir.

Raid: Hebron – 22:10, Israeli forces raided and patrolled Hebron.

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Leslie Bravery
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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