In Occupied Palestine – 02 July 2024

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In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

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

08:00, 02 July until 08:00, 03 July 2024

Gaza Strip

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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 entire Gaza shoreline.

Victims: 28 more people killed in Gaza now brings the total number of deaths, since 7 October, to at least 37,953. With another 125 wounded, that figure has risen to more than 87,266. The daily average of men, women and children killed in Gaza is at least 141 and of those injured the daily average is over 324.

[Source of statistics:Palestinian Monitoring Group]

OCHA Flash Update #186

Key Highlights

Israeli authorities approve plan to “legalise” five settlement outposts unauthorised under Israeli law; settlers from those outposts have carried out 27 attacks against Palestinians in 2024.

Since 7 October, OCHA has recorded 28 incidents of airstrikes, during which 77 Palestinians, including 14 children, have been killed in the West Bank, including two during the reporting period.

At least 200 houses sustained damage during a recent operation by Israeli forces in Nur Sham Refugee Camp in Tulkarm, a UN assessment finds.

Latest developments (since 1 July)

On 2 July, an assessment led by the United Nations estimated that at least 200 houses were damaged during an operation carried out by Israeli forces in Nur Shams Refugee Camp (Tulkarm). These include seven structures that have been rendered uninhabitable due to severe damage from military bulldozers or explosions; resulting in the displacement of 11 families comprising 47 people, including 19 children. The main road connecting Tulkarm city with Nablus and Jenin governorates also sustained extensive damage, which has led to the disruption of water supply, and the temporary disruption of electricity and internet services in the camp.

Before midnight on 2 July, according to initial reports by the Israeli military and the Palestinian Ministry of Health, an Israeli airstrike killed four Palestinians in Nur Shams Refugee Camp, Tulkarm. According to the Israeli military, the four Palestinians were planting a roadside explosive device when they were struck.

Humanitarian Developments (25 June – 1 July)

During the reporting period, three Palestinians, including a child, were killed by Israeli forces and 40 Palestinians, including seven children, were injured by Israeli forces and settlers. Two members of Israeli forces were killed by Palestinians and 17 were injured in the same period. Most casualties took place during operations carried out by Israeli forces, particularly in Jenin and Tulkarm cities, and their adjacent refugee camps. Two out of the three Palestinians were killed from airstrikes. Since 7 October, OCHA has recorded 28 incidents of airstrikes, during which 77 Palestinians, including 14 children. In addition, on 28 June, a 25-year-old Palestinian succumbed to injuries sustained when an explosive device detonated while he was reportedly planting it to be used against Israeli forces in Tubas city on 20 June.

Between 7 October and 1 July, 539 Palestinians, including 131 children, have been killed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem; these include 522 killed by Israeli forces, ten by Israeli settlers, and seven where it remains unknown whether the perpetrators were Israeli soldiers or settlers. In addition, over 5,420 Palestinians have been injured in the same period, including about 830 children. More than a third of the total injuries were caused by live ammunition. During the same period, 14 Israelis, including nine members of Israeli forces and five settlers, were killed by Palestinians and at least 105 Israelis, including about 90 members of Israeli forces, were injured in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. In addition, during the same period, attacks by Palestinians from the West Bank resulted in the killing of eight Israelis and four Palestinian perpetrators in Israel.

The following are deadly incidents reported between 25 June and 1 July:

On 26 June, one Israeli soldier was killed, and 16 others were injured by explosives planted underground by Palestinians during an eight-hour search-and-arrest operation in Jenin city and Jenin refugee camp. Israeli forces, including undercover forces, had entered the camp and arrested three Palestinians, including a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a doctor who had recently been released from Israeli prison. Israeli forces exchanged fire with Palestinians, who also used pipe bombs. The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported that one Palestinian was injured by live ammunition and shrapnel, and another was physically assaulted by Israeli forces. Extensive damage has been reported to the road infrastructure in and around the camp.

On 30 June, an Israeli airstrike struck a three-story building, killing a Palestinian and injuring five others in Nur Shams Refugee Camp, Tulkarm. Three of the injured were transported to a hospital and two received medical treatment on site. Six households comprising 36 people, including 15 children, were displaced.

On 1 July, Israeli forces killed two Palestinians and injured five others during an overnight 12-hour search-and-arrest operation, which included the use of airstrikes, in Nur Shams Refugee Camp that extended to Tulkarm city and Tulkarm Refugee Camp. In one of the airstrikes, shrapnel hit and killed a Palestinian woman, while a 15-year-old boy (the second fatality) was reportedly killed when he was shot in the head by live ammunition fired by Israeli forces. According to the Israeli military, they had suspected the child was planting explosives. The Israeli military cited in Israeli media stated that in the same operation, one Israeli soldier was killed, and another was injured by a roadside bomb planted by Palestinians. The Israeli operation included the use of four bulldozers and air drones, which damaged infrastructure and multiple road sections within and around the camp.

On 27 June, Israeli authorities advanced the “legalisation” of five West Bank settlement outposts, which are considered illegal under Israeli law. All Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are illegal under international humanitarian law. They deepen humanitarian needs by affecting livelihoods, food security and access to essential services. The outposts set to be legalised are Evyatar (Nablus) in the northern West Bank, Sde Efraim and Givat Assaf (Ramallah) in the centre, and Heletz and Adorayim (Hebron) in the south. Since the beginning of 2024, OCHA has documented 27 attacks against Palestinians by settlers believed to reside in three of these five settlement outposts, including two attacks from Evyatar, nine from Sde Efraim and 16 from Givat Assaf. Palestinian landowners from Dura town have hundreds of dunams of lands adjacent to the Adorayim outpost, which the Israeli army has prevented them from accessing since 7 October. According to farmers from Dura, in two separate incidents since 7 October, Israeli forces attacked, beat, threatened and threw them off their land when they attempted to access it. The zoning map of Adorayim settlement outpost reportedly includes an additional 120 dunams of land belonging to Dura town that have not been accessed by the owners since 7 October.

During the reporting period, Israeli settlers perpetrated 15 attacks, including three incidents that led to ten Palestinian injuries and five that damaged about 190 Palestinian-owned olive trees and other property. Moreover, Palestinians perpetrated three attacks that led to the injury of one Israeli and damage to two cars travelling on West Bank roads. Between 7 October and 1 July, OCHA recorded 1,050 attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians, of which 107 led to Palestinian fatalities and injuries, 828 led to damage to Palestinian property and 115 led to both casualties and damage to property. In this period, over 45,600 Palestinian-owned trees and saplings were destroyed by people known or believed to be Israeli settlers.

The following are some of the key settler attacks documented between 25 June and 1 July:

On 25 June, Palestinians residents discovered that people believed to be Israeli settlers from Ma’ale Amos settlement vandalised about 80 olive trees (each about 18 years old) near Kisan village, Bethlehem. The owners discovered the damage upon receiving approval by Israeli authorities to gain access to their land, which they had been prevented from reaching since October 2023, due to settler attacks.

On 26 and 27 June, Israeli settlers, believed to be from a newly-established outpost near Adei Ad settlement, between Turmusaya and al-Mughayir villages, in Ramallah, trespassed on private Palestinian land in Turmusaya town and vandalised property. The settlers stole 20 hay bales, burned a stationed metal water tank, broke at least three windows, three beam-light devices and recording cameras, and destroyed furniture.

On 27 June, Israeli forces physically assaulted and injured two Palestinians while the forces accompanied a group of Israeli settlers, reportedly affiliated with the Ateret Cohanim settler organisation, when the latter were raiding Al Khaldi family home in Bab As Sinisleh neighbourhood in the Old City of Jerusalem. The settlers broke the house’s metal door and took over the property. The family filed a petition at an Israeli court and on 28 June, the court ruled in their favour and the settlers were removed from the property on the same day. The family subsequently found that their furniture and belongings had been vandalised.

On 29 June, Israeli settlers injured two Palestinian women with live ammunition and stones in Madama, south of Nablus. According to the head of the village council and those affected, a Palestinian from the village was shepherding nearby when armed Israeli settlers, reportedly from Yitzhar, attacked him. His two sisters and his mother tried to help him, at which point the settlers shot at them and threw stones. One of the sisters was injured by bullet shrapnel and the other sustained injuries to her head as a result of stone-throwing.

On 29 June and 1 July, Israeli settlers injured eight Palestinians, including one child, during two raids on the Bedouin community of Umm al Kheir, south of Hebron. On 29 June, one Palestinian man was pepper-sprayed by settlers and required medical treatment. On 1 July, seven Palestinians were injured when an armed Israeli settler believed to be from an outpost near Carmel settlement took his sheep into a Palestinian-owned animal shelter to feed on its fodder. Palestinian residents threw stones at the settler, after which more armed settlers arrived, shot at them, and physically assaulted community members with sticks, bats and pepper-spray. The seven injured Palestinians included five women, one of whom was 80 years old, and a 17-year-old child. Three of the injured were transported to hospital for treatment.

During the reporting period, the Israeli authorities demolished or forced the demolition of 35 Palestinian-owned structures due to the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, including two in East Jerusalem and 33 in Area C of the West Bank. As a result, ten households comprising 60 people, including 25 children, were displaced and 270 others, including 130 children, were otherwise affected. Between 7 October and 1 July, Israeli authorities demolished, confiscated or forced the demolition of 1,061 Palestinian structures across the West Bank, of which 38 per cent (398 structures) were inhabited homes. As a result, 2,368 people, including 1,047 children, were displaced. Over half of those displaced (1,208) were during military operations, particularly in Jenin and Tulkarm cities and the surrounding refugee camps; 42 per cent (1,001 people) were due to the lack of permit; and 7 per cent (159) were displaced by punitive demolitions.

The following are the list of incidents that resulted in displacement during the reporting period:

Half of the people displaced (27) were in Umm al Kheir herding community (Hebron), where the Israeli Civil Administration demolished on 26 June three donor-funded residential structures, two animal pens, a community centre and a room for electricity.

On 26 June, five households comprising 19 people, including six children, were displaced in Area C of Jericho, when the Israeli Civil Administration demolished 12 structures, including six homes.

On 30 June, a family of six adults was displaced after they were forced to demolish their home located within the Israeli-defined municipal boundary of East Jerusalem in Al Walaja village, in Bethlehem governorate.

West Bank

Israeli Army attack – youngster wounded: Ramallah – 22:40-23:55, Israeli Occupation forces, firing live ammunition, stormed the village of Ajul, wounding a 16-year-old youth, Qais Muhammad Basil, as well as one other person: Bilal Faisal Bawatna.

Israeli air strike4 killed: Tulkarem – 23:25, an Israeli air strike on the Nur Shams refugee camp killed four people: Nimr Anwar Ibrahim Hamarsha, Muhammad Yasser Raja Shehadeh, Muhammad Hassan Ghannam Kanouh and Yazid Sa’ed Adel Shafi’a.

Israeli Army attack – 2 wounded: Nablus – 13:20, Israeli forces, storming Nablus with live ammunition, wounded two residents: Suhaib Ziyad Abu Mustafa and Mahmoud Mufid Asfour.

Israeli Army attack – 1 youngster wounded: Nablus – 19:30, the Israeli Army, firing live ammunition, stormed the village of Tal, wounding a 16-year-old youth: Yahya Ammar Hassan.

Israeli Army attack – 1 child wounded: Nablus – evening, Israeli troops, firing live ammunition, stormed the village of Salem, wounding a child.

Israeli Army attack – 3 wounded: Nablus – 23:3004:55, the Israeli military, firing live ammunition, stormed the town of Beita, wounding three residents: Salah Abdel Moneim Dweikat, Nour Salama Labib Bani Shamsa and Bassam Awad Maali.

Home invasion and demolition: Jerusalem – Israeli Occupation forces demolished a house in the Wadi al-Joz neighbourhood.

Home invasion: Jenin – dawn, Israeli forces raided the village of Umm Dar and searched a house.

Home invasion: Nablus – 01:0004:55, the Israeli Army raided Tal village and searched a house.

Home invasions: Nablus – 04:1005:55, Israeli troops raided the village of Talfit and invaded a number of homes.

Home invasion and demolition: Nablus – evening, the Israeli military demolished the home of a prisoner, in the village of Duma.

Home invasion and demolition: Jericho – Occupation forces demolished a house in the village of al-Jiftlik.

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 armed robbery: Jenin – 13:15, Israeli Occupation forces seized a bulldozer as well as a truck from two people, Dosum Naseem Shadeed and Haitham Naseem Shadeed, near Ya’bad.

Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Nablus – 10:25, Israelis, from the Magdolim Occupation settlement, invaded Majdal Bani Fadel village farmland, cutting down and uprooting olive treesand grapevines.

Occupation settler stoning: Nablus – 17:15, Israeli settlers, stoned passing motor vehicles near the Madama village bridge, damaging one of them.

Occupation settler stoning: Nablus – 22:15, Israeli Occupation settlers stoned passing motor vehicles, near the village of al-Laban al-Sharqiya.

Occupation settler terrorism: Jericho – afternoon, six Israeli settlers riding on horseback, raided the Bedouin community, north-west of Jericho, terrorising them and ordering them to vacate the area.

Occupation settler stoning: Jericho – 19:50, Israeli Occupation settlers stoned passing vehicles on the al-Ma’rajat Road.

Occupation settler land-grab: Bethlehem – Israeli settlers set up a number of mobile homes in the Khallet al-Liyah area of Tuqu, in order to establish a new settlement outpost.

Occupation settler stoning: Bethlehem – 19:50, Israeli settlers stoned passing vehicles, in the Ish Ghurab area.

Occupation settler terrorism: Hebron – Occupation settlers invaded the village of Umm al-Khair, terrorising residents and setting about preparing for an encampment, near the villagers’ homes.

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

Raid: Ramallah – 11:45-13:15, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the village of Deir Jarir.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 04:0506:00, the Israeli Army raided Ramallah, taking prisoner one person.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Jenin – dawn, Israeli troops raided the village of Ajja, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Jenin – dawn, the Israeli military raided and patrolled Araba.

Raid: Tulkarem – dawn, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled Tulkarem.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Qalqiliya – 09:55-10:55, Israeli Occupation forces raided the village of al-Funduq, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Qalqiliya – midnight-01:30, Israeli forces raided and patrolled Azzun.

Raid – 3 taken prisoner: Qalqiliya – 04:0005:10, the Israeli Army raided Qalqiliya, taking prisoner three people.

Raidstun grenades: Nablus – 17:45-19:20, Israeli troops, firing stun grenades, raided and patrolled the village of Osirin.

Raid: Nablus – evening, the Israeli military raided and patrolled Sebastia.

Raid: Nablus – 03:5505:55, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled Nablus.

Raid: Salfit – 14:05-15:10, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Qarawat Bani Hassan.

Raid: Jericho – 10:40-12:40, Israeli forces raided Jericho.

Raid: Hebron – 19:0022:10, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled Halhul.

Raidstun grenades: Hebron – 00:10, Israeli troops, firing stun grenades, raided and patrolled Beit Ummar.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Hebron – 02:4004:10, the Israeli military raided al-Samou, taking prisoner two people.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Hebron – 02:4503:45, Israeli soldiers raided the al-Arroub refugee camp, taking prisoner one person.

Raid – 6 taken prisoner: Hebron – 03:4006:10, Israeli Occupation forces raided Yatta, taking prisoner six people.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Hebron – 04:5506:10, Israeli forces raided the town of Surif, taking prisoner one person.

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