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Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Attacks Against Palestine

Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Attacks Against Palestinian Civilians and Property In the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

·       Israeli forces continued to fire at Palestinian civilians in border areas in the Gaza Strip.

-         2 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the central and northern Gaza Strip.

·       5 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the West Bank during Israeli incursions.

·       Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.

-       2 Palestinian civilians, including a B’Tselem volunteer, were wounded by Israeli forces.

-       Dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises due to Israeli soldiers' attacks.

·       Israeli forces conducted 51 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

-       At least 26 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, were arrested.

·       Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

-       Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

-       2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were arrested by Israeli forces at checkpoints in the West Bank.

·       Israeli forces have continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

-       More demolition notices were issued.

-       The settlers continued their attacks on the Palestinian farmers and shepherds, south of Hebron.

-       Israeli forces arrested 3 Palestinian civilians while Israeli settlers were attacking farmers and shepherds. .

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (25 – 31 July 2013).

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 9 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.  Dozens of civilians also suffered tear gas inhalation during peaceful protests against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. Furthermore, a number of civilians sustained bruises due to Israeli soldiers’ attacks against them.

In the West Bank, 5 Palestinian civilians were wounded in Jenin town and refugee camp during clashes with Israeli forces that moved into the town and the refugee camp.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces continued the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians, including a B'Tselem’s volunteer, were wounded. Besides, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises due to Israeli soldiers' attack on them.

In the Gaza Strip, 2 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli forces in the central and northern Gaza Strip.

During the reporting period, Israeli naval forces continued to attack Palestinian fishing boats.  On 27 July 2013, a Palestinian fishing boat was damaged as it was hit by the Israeli gunfire when it was sailing 6 nautical miles of Gaza shore.

The full report is available online at:
http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9699:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-25-31-july-2013&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183

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