This week in Palestine
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
The Israel Defence Force (IDF) conducted its largest scale operation in Nablus city since three years codenamed “Hot Winter”. The operation concentrated on the old city of Nablus to arrest eight allegedly wanted Palestinians. During the operation the IDF imposed a curfew on the old city, 3,000 families under curfew, arrested/detained 41 Palestinians during house-to-house searches. One Palestinian man was killed and eight injured.
– Twenty eight Palestinian structures, mostly livelihood structures, were demolished by the throughout the West Bank this week, affecting the lives of 182 Palestinians including 83 children.
– A group of Israeli settlers from the settlement of Beit Hadassa, located in the H2 section of Hebron city attacked a Palestinian house located across from the settlement late at night destroying the front door, some water pipes as well as furniture. Settlers also uprooted 30 olive trees belonging to Palestinians in Hebron.
– Israeli Security Forces were on high alert in and around the Old city of Jerusalem in anticipation of further demonstrations and clashes after the Friday Prayers in Al Aqsa mosque. All major roads leading to the old city were blocked, access to the old city of Jerusalem was limited for those who live in the old city; and Israeli ID holders over 50 years old. Only about 6,000 Muslims were at the site to attend Friday prayers. Palestinians in Ras el Ammud stoned Israeli policemen who responded with stun grenades and tear gas canisters, no injuries were reported. Demonstrations were held again this week by the Qalandiya checkpoint on Friday during the hours of noon day prayers, protesting the construction work nearby the Al Aqsa mosque. The IDF responded with live rounds and rubber-coated metal bullets.
– 17 homemade rockets were fired from Gaza towards IDF Kissufim military base and Israel, of which four exploded prematurely injuring six Palestinian workers near a construction site. Four mortar shells were also fired towards Israel although no injuries were reported.
– In two separate incidents, IDF vessels fired machine guns sporadically for 30 minutes in the direction of Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Deir El Balah and west of Rafah. The fishing boats returned to shore. The IDF also opened fired on a group of farmers east of Gaza City injuring one farmer.
– Twelve Palestinians were killed and more than 35 injured during internal violence and other incidents in the Gaza Strip including two women and one man reportedly killed during honour crimes. Despite the continued violence, the Fatah-Hamas cease-fire appears to be holding.