In Occupied Palestine – 25 February 2024


In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

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

08:00, 25 February until 08:00, 26 February 2024

[Source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group]

Gaza Strip

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.

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Victims: 90 people killed in Gaza brings the total number of deaths since 7 October to at least 29,782. With another 164 wounded, that has risen to 70,043. Fully accurate statistics are not available,due to insecurity menacing hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

OCHA Flash Update #126

Key points

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), supported by OCHA and the World Health Organization (WHO), have completed the evacuation of 72 critical cases from Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.

A UN staff member and a PRCS volunteer paramedic were reported killed in Gaza, heightening existing concerns for the safety of aid workers and medical personnel.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reports that newborns are dying in Gaza because their mothers are unable to attend prenatal or postnatal check-ups while the incessant bombings, fleeing for safety and anxiety are leading to premature births.

A new report by the World Bank highlights that economic activity in Gaza has grounded to a halt and nearly every resident will live in poverty, at least in the short term.

Gaza Strip Updates

Intense Israeli bombardment from air, land and sea continues to be reported across much of the Gaza Strip, resulting in further civilian casualties, displacement, and destruction of civilian infrastructure. Ground operations and heavy fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups also continue to be reported, particularly in Khan Younis, Gaza city and east Deir al Balah. Between 23 and 26 February, tens of rockets were also reportedly fired by armed Palestinian groups toward Israel.

Between the afternoon of 23 February and 10:30 on 26 February, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Gaza, 268 Palestinians were killed, and 418 Palestinians were injured, including 90 killed and 164 injured in the past 24 hours. Between 7 October 2023 and 10:30 on 26 February 2024, at least 29,782 Palestinians were killed in Gaza and 70,043 Palestinians were injured, according to MoH in Gaza.

Between the afternoons of 23 and 26 February, three Israeli soldiers were reported killed in Gaza. As of 26 February, 238 soldiers have been killed and 1,400 soldiers injured in Gaza since the beginning of the ground operation, according to the Israeli military. In addition, over 1,200 Israelis and foreign nationals have been killed in Israel, according to the Israeli authorities, the vast majority on 7 October. On 25 February, one Israeli soldier was reported killed and captured on 7 October, based on new intelligence information, and his body remains withheld in Gaza. As of 26 February, the Israeli authorities estimate that 134 Israelis and foreign nationals remain captive in Gaza, including fatalities whose bodies remain withheld in Gaza.

The protection and safety of humanitarian aid workers and medical personnel continues to be a serious concern amid widespread hostilities and attacks. On 22 February, a UN staff member and several members of his family were killed in an airstrike in Deir Al Balah, according to UNOPS. A volunteer paramedic with the PRCS ambulance centre in Rafah was also reported killed, when his family home in eastern Rafah was struck on 23 February. Since 7 October, 161 UN staff have been killed in Gaza. Between 7 October and 12 February, there were 378 attacks on health care across Gaza, affecting 98 health facilities and 98 ambulances, according to WHO.

Attacks on or near schools hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs) continue to be reported, according to UNRWA. On 22 February, at least two people were reportedly killed by gunfire at the main gate of a school in Al Amal neighbourhood west of Khan Younis. On 23 February, several IDPs sheltering at a school in Gaza city fled after the school was reportedly hit by artillery fire. As of 24 February, at least 403 IDPs in UNRWA shelters have been killed, and at least 1,385 have been injured, according to UNRWA.

The following are among the deadliest incidents reported between 23 and 25 February:

On 23 February, at about 10:40, nine Palestinians were reportedly killed, and others were injured, when a group of people near Askalan School, in eastern Khan Younis, was hit.

On 23 February, at about 19:00, 24 Palestinians were reportedly killed, including at least three children, and tens of others were injured, when a residential building in Bishara neighbourhood, in Deir al Balah, was struck.

On 24 February, at about 3:20, eight Palestinians were reportedly killed, and tens of others were injured, when a residential building in Rafah city was struck.

On 24 February, at about 12:30, three Palestinians were reportedly killed, and others were injured, when a location in Az Zawaida area, in Deir al Balah, was struck.

On 24 February, four Palestinians were reportedly killed, and others were injured, when a fire broke out in a residential building in Beit Lahia, in North Gaza, upon being struck.

On 25 February, at about 7:00, three Palestinians were reportedly killed, and others were injured, when a residential building in As Sabra neighbourhood, in Gaza City, was struck.

On 23 February, PRCS carried out a fourth evacuation mission of wounded and sick patients from Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, supported by WHO and OCHA. The cases were transported to hospitals in Deir al Balah, Khan Younis, and Rafah and included two newborn babies who had lost their mothers, according to PRCS. In total, since 18 February, 72 critical cases have been evacuated from the hospital, which still struggles to operate with no electricity or running water, shortages of food and water supplies, the accumulation of solid waste, and sewage overflow. Some 200 people have been detained by the Israeli army from the hospital before the operation was concluded, according to the Israeli authorities. On 25 February, MoH in Gaza warned that hospitals in northern Gaza are running out of fuel, including Al Ahli Arab hospital. The hospital which is managing to perform 13 operations per day and cater to 300 outpatients, currently runs at only 30 per cent capacity due to the lack of power. MoH further stated that dialysis and intensive care patients are at risk of death as a result of the lack of fuel for generators, ambulances, and medicines.

UNFPA reports that there are only five beds for deliveries at the Al Helal Al Emirati maternity hospital in Rafah, one of the few remaining functioning hospitals in Gaza. Despite the lack of such basic needs as sheets, the facility has had to cope with 78 deliveries in one night. “While one woman is giving birth, we bring another case, and there’s no bed,” a midwife quoted in the report said. Newborns are dying because the mothers are unable to attend prenatal or postnatal check-ups while the incessant bombings, fleeing for safety and anxiety are leading to premature births. The lack of supplies, medicine and electricity results in four or five newborns having to share one incubator. The report quotes one of the hospital’s doctors as saying: “Most of them don’t survive.” Infections are rampant from unsanitary toilets and showers, posing particular risks for pregnant women and young children. An estimated 5,500 women are due to give birth in the next month with barely any access to medical assistance, and more than 155,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women are at high risk of malnutrition. Where access allows, UNFPA has been distributing critical medicine and equipment to health facilities across Gaza, including Al Helal Al Emirati, but warns that “the small facility is ill-equipped to handle this level of disaster.”

According to a new report from the World Bank, the Palestinian economy has experienced one of the largest shocks in recent history, with Gaza’s gross domestic product (GDP) plummeting by over 80 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2023, and dropping 24 per cent in total in 2023. Almost all economic activity in Gaza has grounded to a halt, with little indication of substantial improvement. Widespread internal displacement and the destruction of homes, fixed assets, and productive capacity, complementing preexisting high levels of poverty, “realistically means that nearly every resident of Gaza will live in poverty, at least in the short term.” The West Bank economy has also experienced a 22 per cent decline during the same period, due to a combination of increased movement and access restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities, which impede workers from reaching their places of work, a decline in trade and private sector activity and the cancellation of work permits for over 170,000 Palestinian workers. The report warns that should the intensity of the conflict remain high beyond the first months of 2024, or the limits on the movement and access in the West Bank not be removed, the economic downturn in the Palestinian economy could become even more pronounced.

West Bank Updates

On 26 February, a Palestinian man died of wounds sustained on 22 February as a result of an Israeli drone-fired missile that struck a vehicle travelling in Jenin refugee camp, during which two additional Palestinians, including a child, were killed. The man was in his barbershop at the time of the attack.

Since 7 October 2023 and as of 26 February, 400 Palestinians have been killed, including 102 children, and as of 23 February, 4,575 Palestinians have been injured, including 707 children, in conflict-related incidents across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israel. During the same period, 13 Israelis, including four members of Israeli forces, were killed and 86 injured in conflict-related incidents in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israel.

On 20 February, a Palestinian family comprising six people, including three children, was forced to leave Ein Samiya Bedouin community in Ramallah governorate due to attacks by Israeli setters that included stealing of sheep and opening fire at herders. This is one of three families who have remained in the community after 27 other families were forcibly displaced in May 2023. Earlier on 13 February, threats and physical attacks on herders by settlers from a new settlement outpost near Asfar settlement in Hebron forced a herding family near Kisan village to leave their community along with 100 sheep. Since 7 October 2023, at least 200 Palestinian households comprising 1,222 people, including 595 children, have been displaced amid settler violence and access restrictions. The displaced households are from at least 19 herding/Bedouin communities. The displacement toll represents almost 80 per cent of all displacement from different Israeli practices across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, since 7 October.

Since 7 October 2023, 576 people, including 276 children, have been displaced in Area C and East Jerusalem, after their homes were demolished due to the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, which are almost impossible to obtain.

Latest field assessments show that, since 7 October 2023, 848 Palestinians, including 397 children, have been displaced, following the destruction of 132 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.

Since 7 October 2023, OCHA has recorded 586 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians that resulted in Palestinian casualties (53 incidents), damage to Palestinian-owned property (468 incidents), or both casualties and damage to property (65 incidents).

On 22 February, following a fatal Palestinian shooting attack on Road 1 near Az Za’ayyem checkpoint, the Israeli authorities banned the movement of Palestinian-plated vehicles on Road 1 during peak hours between 6:00 and 9:00 for 15 days, affecting the movement of thousands of Palestinians.

West Bank

[Palestinian Monitoring Group]

Israeli Army attack – agricultural sabotage: Ramallah – 17:00, Israeli Occupation forces opened fire, from the annexation Wall near Beit Liqiya, towards nearby working farmers.

Death: Jenin – 02:15, a resident of the Jenin refugee camp, Majid Awad Nabhan, has now died from wounds sustained (as reported on 23 February) during a drone-launched aerial bombardment.

Home invasions and beating: Nablus – 19:0021:30, Israeli Occupation forces raided Sebastia, invading a number of homes, as well as shops, and severely beating up a resident: Muhammad Maher Aqel.

Home invasions – 56 taken prisoner: Nablus – 00:5505:30, Israeli forces raided the city, invading a number of homes and taking prisoner one resident, as well as 55 workers from the Gaza Strip.

Home invasions: Salfit – 02:30, the Israeli Army raided al-Zawiya and invaded a number of homes.

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 surveillance and populationcontrol: Jerusalem – evening, Israeli Occupation forces established a military watchtower, on the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and placed surveillancecameras on it.

Israeli Army agricultural sabotage: Salfit – 10:30, Israeli forces, in the al-Barak area of Sarta village, bulldozed and cut down 40 olive trees.

Occupation settler violence: Jericho – dawn, Israeli settlers in the Khan al-Ahmar area, assaulted and hospitalised three people: Ahmed Musa Kaabna and his brothers, Nader and Yasser.

Occupation settler plunder and pastoral sabotage: Jericho – Israeli settlers invaded the Mleihat Arab community, north-west of Bethlehem, and stole a flock of 30 sheep.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Jerusalem – dawn, Israeli Occupation forces raided Hizma, taking prisoner two people.

Raid5 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 02:1006:30, Israeli forces raided Silwad, taking prisoner five people.

Raid3 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 07:35, the Israeli Army raided the village of Deir Ammar, taking prisoner three people.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Jenin – 15:05, Israeli troops raided Burqin, taking prisoner two people.

Raid: Jenin – 23:10, the Israeli military raided and patrolled the village of Deir Ghazaleh.

Raid3 taken prisoner: Tulkarem – 02:1006:10, Israeli soldiers raided Tulkarem, taking prisoner three people, a mother, wife and brother.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 12:10, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Azzun.

Raid 1 wounded rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades: Qalqiliya – 18:10-19:30, Israeli forces, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided Kafr Thulth, wounding a resident,Abdullah Nasser Issa.

Raid rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades: Qalqiliya – 06:45-08:00, the Israeli Army, firing rubber-coated metal bullets and stun grenades raided and patrolled Azzun.

Raid rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades: Nablus – 18:10, Israeli troops, firing stun grenades, raided and patrolled the village of Osirin.

Raid: Nablus – 20:55-midnight, the Israeli military raided and patrolled the village of Burin.

Raid: Salfit – 22:45, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled Bidya.

Raid: Jericho – 05:0006:00, Israeli Occupation forces raided Jericho.

Raid1 taken prisoner in refugee camp: Jericho – 05:0006:00, Israeli forces raided the Ein Sultan refugee camp, taking prisoner one person.

Raid3 taken prisoner in refugee camp: Bethlehem – 03:4505:30, the Israeli Army raided the city of Beit Jallah and the Dheisheh refugee camp, taking prisoner three people.

Raid4 taken prisoner: Hebron – 01:1504:55, Israeli troops raided the town of Idhna, taking prisoner four people.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner 2 youngsters abducted: Hebron – 06:10, the Israeli military raided Beit Ummar, taking prisoner two people and abducting in addition two youngsters, Muhammad Ibrahim Awad, age 15 and Abdul Rahman Naseem Zaqiq, age 17.



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