Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 23 - 29 June 2010
Three Palestinians killed in Gaza and at least 36 Palestinians injured in clashes in East Jerusalem. In the West Bank, the number of settler-related incidents declined. Demolition and issuance of eviction and demolition orders continue. In Gaza, various new items continue to enter the Strip. Tunnel-related incidents. A second attack on UNRWA summer games locations. Fuel crisis further deepened with long power cuts of 16 hours a day.
West Bank Movement and Access Update | November 2009
Over the course of the past six months (May-October 2009), the Israeli authorities continued to implement measures that increased the freedom of movement of Palestinians between most Palestinian urban centres in the West Bank. However, during the same period, there has been no significant improvement when it comes to access to land and use of space by Palestinians.
Five Years after the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion: A Summary of the Humanitarian Impact of the Barrier
This report provides an overview of the humanitarian impact of the Barrier, highlighting the central role it plays in the system of access and movement restrictions, and continuing fragmentation of the West Bank. It examines the impact on urban areas, on the closed area communities isolated between the Barrier and the Green Line, and on the rural communities which are primarily affected by the permit and gate regime. A chronology, basic facts and figures and the latest Barrier projections are also included. The second part provides a graphic overview of the route and impact on the eight affected West Bank governorates which the Barrier runs through. Accompanying each map is an overview of the impact of the Barrier in the governorate; the number and type of crossings (checkpoints and gates); and information boxes to illustrate concerns caused by the Barrier in the specific governorate.
West Bank Movement and Access Update | June 2009
In the course of the past month the Israeli authorities have implemented several steps that have further eased the flow of Palestinian traffic to and from four West Bank cities: Nablus, Qalqiliya, Ramallah and Jericho. Initial field observations indicate that these measures have significantly reduced the amount of time required for Palestinians to access these cities. None of these steps, except one, included the complete dismantlement of checkpoints? infrastructure. To date, there are a total of 613 closure obstacles within the West Bank territory, including 68 are permanently staffed checkpoints.
West Bank Movement and Access Update | May 2009
Israeli authorities implemented a number of measures easing the flow of Palestinian traffic on some of the access routes into four main cities. Other Israeli measures indicate a further entrenchment of the various mechanisms used to control and restrict Palestinian movement, and to facilitate the commute of Israeli settlers. OCHA?s latest field survey mapped 634 obstacles blocking internal Palestinian movement and access throughout the West Bank: 93 staffed checkpoints and 541 unstaffed obstacles (roadblocks, earthmounds etc). The figure is an insignificant increase of four obstacles from September 2008.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 16 - 22 June 2010
Eleven Palestinians injured throughout the oPt; another Palestinian killed and two others injured in tunnel-related incidents in Gaza. In East Jerusalem: new demolition and eviction plans announced. In the West Bank, significant decline in Israeli settler violence, nonetheless, damage to agricultural asset continues. Issuance of eviction and stop-work orders in Area C continue. Movement and access update. In Gaza, Israel announces an easing of the blockade. UNRWA summer games launched. Power crisis continues; industrial fuel and cooking gas shortfalls continue.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 9 - 15 June 2010
In the West Bank, one Palestinian killed and 13 others injured. Fewer settler attacks recorded. Israeli authorities demolish nine structures; an Area C school was issued demolition orders. Movement and access update. In Gaza, Palestinian casualties decline; incidents along the border continue. Two Palestinians died in tunnel-related incidents. Rafah crossing allows a few hundreds to cross daily. The blockade enters its fourth year; limited entry of new items continues. Industrial fuel and cooking gas shortfalls continue.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 2 - 8 June 2010
In the West Bank, 18 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces and seven others by Israeli settlers. Israeli authorities continue to issue evacuation and demolition orders in Area C. Package of access easings partially implemented. In Gaza, six Palestinians killed and three others injured. Tomato crops at risk of damage by a new pest. Rafah crossing opens until further notice. Imports decline; new items enter Gaza. Shortages of industrial fuel and cooking gas continue.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 26 May - 1 June 2010
Ships carrying aid to Gaza intercepted; at least nine international activists killed. In the West Bank, at least 20 Palestinians injured. Israeli settler-related incidents continue. New easings on Palestinian movement implemented. Additional people at risk of displacement in Area C. In Gaza, violence escalates: five Palestinians killed and 39 injured. National NGOs closed down by Hamas. Tunnels continue to claim lives; seven fatalities and 14 injuries. Increase in imports; entry of building materials for two projects continued. Imports of industrial fuel and cooking gas remain below estimated needs.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 19 - 25 May 2010
In the West Bank, nine Palestinians injured. Israeli settler-related incidents continue. Israeli authorities announced an easing of access restrictions. Demolition orders issued in Area C and East Jerusalem. In Gaza, the border with Israel remains tense; two Palestinians killed and two others injured. An UNRWA summer games camp vandalized. Humanitarian agencies highlight the blockade's impact on agricultural sector. Over 5,500 Palestinians cross into Egypt through Rafah. Imports of industrial fuel and cooking gas remain below needs. Limited entry of construction materials continues; imports decline.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 12 - 18 May 2010
In the West Bank, Palestinian injuries by Israeli forces declined; three Palestinians injured this week. Israeli-settler related incidents; one Palestinian killed and six others injured. A new wave of stop-work orders in Area C. Movement and access updates; three villages 'released' from a Barrier enclave. In Gaza, incidents along the border continue, resulting in three casualties. Death sentences carried out for the second time this year. Hamas authorities demolish 12 houses. Ad-hoc opening of Rafah Crossing; over 3,500 exit Gaza. Recreational event held. A further decline in imports of fuel and cooking gas. Limited entry of construction materials continues.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 5 - 11 May 2010
In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, 24 Palestinians injured. Israeli-settler related incidents continue. Update on demolition orders in Area C. Checkpoint incident impedes access to the Jordan Valley. In Gaza, no Palestinian casualties; Israeli restrictions on land and sea continue. Tunnels continue to claim lives; one Palestinian killed. Imports remain limited to certain types of goods; no exports leave Gaza. Fuel and cooking gas imports remain below needs.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 28 Apr - 4 May 2010
In the West Bank, Israeli forces injure 14 Palestinians, while settlers physically assault a six-year-old child and damage Palestinian property. Demolition and stop work orders against five structures delivered in Area C and a fire, suspected to be arson, breaks out in a mosque, In the Gaza Strip, one Palestinian killed in a demonstration and five killed in tunnels-related incidents. Import levels increase, but remain below needs and no exports leave. Industrial fuel and cooking gas imports increased, but shortages continue; most Gazans continue to experience power cuts of 8-12 hours per day.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 21 - 27 Apr 2010
In the West Bank, one Palestinian killed and at least 49 others injured. Israeli settler-related incidents continue; four Palestinians injured. First demolition in East Jerusalem after a four-month lull. In Gaza, restrictions on access to land and sea continue to affect civilians. Released Palestinian prisoner deported from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. Limited entry of construction materials continues. Fuel and cooking gas imports remain below needs.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 14 - 20 Apr 2010
In the West Bank, six Palestinians injured. Israeli settler-related incidents continue. Area C demolitions resume after a one month lull. Barrier and access updates. In Gaza, one Palestinian killed and four others injured near the Gaza-Israel border. Two death sentences carried out in Gaza. Tunnel-related incidents continue to claim lives. Despite an increase in fuel and cooking gas imports, shortfalls continue. Limited shipments of new items continue to enter Gaza.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 31 Mar - 13 Apr 2010
During the two weeks, 34 Palestinians were injured throughout the West Bank. Israeli settler-related incidents continued; five Palestinians and two settlers injured. Demolition orders and access update. A new military order places tens of thousands at risk of deportation. In Gaza, sporadic airstrikes and clashes continued; two Palestinian armed faction members killed. Tunnel-related incidents result in one fatality. Further decline in fuel; serious injuries in electricity related incidents. Cooking gas shortfalls continue. New items enter the Gaza Strip. Limited exports leave the Strip.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 24-30 Mar 2010
This week, tensions reduced in East Jerusalem; 11 Palestinians were injured. IDF reportedly alters its West Bank rules of engagement. Israeli-settler related incidents continue; four Palestinians injured. Update on demolition, demolition orders and access. In Gaza, tensions ran high along the border; two Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers killed. Israeli restrictions to land and sea continue. Tunnel-related incidents. Despite an increase in fuel and cooking gas, shortages continue. New items enter Gaza. limited exports continue.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 17- 23 Mar 2010
This week, Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in Nablus. Clashes continued in East Jerusalem; 57 Palestinians injured throughout the West Bank. Israeli-settler related incidents continue. Update on demolition and eviction orders and access. In Gaza, 25 Palestinians injured and one foreign worker killed by rocket. Israeli access restrictions to land and sea continue. Shortages of fuel gas, limited exports and glass imports continue.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 10 - 16 Mar 2010
Clashes, the majority of which took place in East Jerusalem, result in more than 200 Palestinian injuries. Israeli settler-related incidents continue. Update on demolitions, Barrier and access. In Gaza, no direct-conflict casualties for the second week in a row; airstrikes destroy a factory. Internal insecurity incidents continue; one killed and six injured. Rafah Crossing exceptionally opens allowing the exit of over 5,000 Palestinians. Limited exports and glass imports continue. Shortages of industrial fuel continue, resulting in long rolling blackouts. Shortfalls of cooking gas continue.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 3 - 9 Mar 2010
At least 72 Palestinians injured in the West Bank, over half of them in clashes in East Jerusalem. Israeli settler-related incidents continue. Demolition orders in Area C. Access update. In Gaza, no casualties were reported; restrictions on access to sea and land remain in place. Two people died in tunnel incidents. Electricity crisis and shortages of cooking gas continue. exports and entry of glass continue.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 24 Feb - 2 Mar 2010
This week saw a significant increase in the number of Palestinians injured due to clashes in East Jerusalem; overall, 29 Palestinians wounded in the West Bank; in contrast, low number of settler-related incidents were reported. Demolitions, new demolition and and stop work orders issued. Limited access easing in the south, while Barrier construction in Bethlehem area lead to clashes. In Gaza, incidents along the Gaza-Israel border continue; one Palestinian killed and another four injured. Ad-hoc opening of Rafah crossing allows limited access for people. During his visit to Gaza, UN-Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs stresses the need to lift the blockade. Fuel shortfalls continue.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 17 - 23 Feb 2010
In the West Bank, Israeli forces injured 18 Palestinians in various incidents throughout the West Bank, compared to a weekly average of 13 Palestinian injuries since the beginning of 2010. In addition, three Israeli soldiers were wounded by Palestinians. In the Gaza Strip, following the detonation of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) targeting an Israeli military patrol along the border area, which injured one soldier, Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered a few hundred metres inside Gaza and razed a rural area east of Al Maghazi refugee camp. During the operation, Israeli forces demolished two civilian houses and one agricultural structure, displacing two families (comprising 13 people).
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 10 - 16 Feb 2010
In the West Bank, one Palestinian and one Israeli soldier were killed and another six Palestinians were injured. The Israeli authorities carried out demolitions in Area C and distributed eviction orders and demolition orders. Settler violence against Palestinians continued and the Israeli authorities began re-routing a section of the Barrier. In the Gaza Strip, violence escalated in areas along the Gaza-Israel border. As a result, one armed Palestinian was killed and another injured, and five other Palestinian civilians were injured. Additionally, the electricity crisis continues, as power supply has been further reduced, and remains precarious. Cooking gas rationing continues and limited shipments of exports and entry of glass continue
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 3 - 9 Feb 2010
This week, clashes erupted in Shu'fat refugee camp (Jerusalem); Israeli forces injured at least 11 Palestinians. 11 other Palestinians were injured in various incidents throughout the West Bank.Israeli settler-related incidents continue. Access and movement update. In Gaza, no casualties reported; access restrictions to fishing areas continue. Deteriorating internal security situation. Electricity crisis in Gaza continues. limited shipments of exports and entry of glass continue. Cooking gas rationing continues.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 27 Jan - 2 Feb 2010
This week, Israeli forces killed one Palestinian (Gaza) and injured 20 others throughout the oPt. In the West Bank, Israeli forces removed 24 movement obstacles in the south. Israeli settlers take over a house in the Old City of Jerusalem; there were other settler-related incidents. A new wave of demolition orders in the West Bank. In Gaza, access restrictions on fishing areas continue. Tunnels continue to claim lives; two Palestinians died. Internal attacks result in two injuries. Electricity crisis continues despite slight improvement. Limited shipments of exports and entry of glass continue. Phase one of the new Northern Sewage Treatment Plant completed. Cooking gas.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 20 - 26 Jan 2010
This week, Israeli forces injured 12 Palestinians in the West Bank; there were no casualties in Gaza for the second week in a row. In the West Bank, Israeli settler-related incidents continue; five Palestinians and three settlers wounded. Palestinian cemetery vandalized in 'Awarta (Nablus). New demolition orders issued in Area C. In the Gaza Strip, floods update; 800 people affected. Gaza Power Plant partially shut down due to fuel shortage; up to 12 hour blackouts. Exports of flowers and strawberries continue. Cooking gas.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 13 - 19 Jan 2010
This week, Israeli forces injured 15 Palestinians in the West Bank; there were no casualties in Gaza, but access restriction to fishing areas continue. In the West Bank, settler-related incidents continue; one Palestinian and five settlers wounded. New demolition in Area C. Previously banned road re-opened for Palestinian use. In the Gaza Strip, 500 people affected by rainwater floods in Central Gaza. Seven Palestinians injured in a tunnel-related incident. Gaza imports remain below needs. Fuel update
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 6 - 12 Jan 2010
This week, there was a serious escalation in violence in Gaza; seven Palestinians were killed in Gaza as a result of Israeli airstrikes. Also, 24 others were injured by Israeli forces throughout the oPt. In the West Bank, settler-related incidents declined this week. Palestinian community displaced following massive demolition. In Gaza also, two other Palestinians died in tunnel collapse. Clashes at Gaza-Egypt border. Thousands left Gaza through Rafah Crossing. Death toll from H1N1 reaches 19. Weekly average of imported truckloads remains below needs. Fuel update.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 23 Dec 2009 - 5 Jan 2010
During the two-week period, eight Palestinians killed and 16 others injured by Israeli forces throughout the oPt. Settler-related incidents continue; one settler killed and 15 Palestinians and six settlers injured. Demolitions in Area C of the West Bank. Ban on Palestinian use of a main road (443) declared unlawful. Significant movement obstacle removed in Hebron area. In Gaza, Death toll from H1N1 reaches 18. One Palestinian died in a tunnel collapse. Glass allowed into Gaza for the first time since June 2007. Limited opening of Rafah and Erez Crossings. Nahal Oz Crossing shut down.
Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 16 - 22 Dec 2009
This week, three Palestinians died in tunnel collapse in Gaza. Tension in Sheikh Jarrah area of East Jerusalem continues; four Palestinians and four settlers were injured during attempts by settlers to take over additional Palestinian property. Settler-related incidents; incidents related to protests by settlers against the freeze of settlement construction continue. New Beit Iba permanently-staffed checkpoint becomes "partial". In Gaza, explosion targets civil society associations. Death toll of Influenza A (H1N1) virus reaches 13. Concerns over "trapped" students at risk of losing their academic year continues. Weekly average of imports remain below needs.