Protection of Civilians Report | 21 September - 4 October 2021

Highlights from the reporting period

  • Israeli forces shot and killed six Palestinians, including a boy, in incidents of exchange of fire in the West Bank. All but one of the Palestinians killed in these incidents were taking part in shooting. On 26 September, three Palestinians were killed in Beit ‘Anan village (Jerusalem) and two others (including a 16-year-old child) in Birqin village (Jenin), during exchanges of fire between Palestinians and Israeli forces. The incidents occurred in the context of Israeli search-and-arrest operations in the two villages. Seven Palestinians were injured in Beit ‘Anan and Birqin, and according to media reports, two Israeli soldiers were wounded by ‘friendly fire’ in the latter village. Also in Birqin on 30 September, a Palestinian was killed in an exchange of fire in another search-and-arrest operation. 
  • Israeli forces shot and killed another three Palestinians, including a woman, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. On 24 September, a Palestinian protester was shot and killed during the ongoing protests in Beita village (Nablus) against the establishment of a settlement outpost. On 30 September, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian woman, aged 30, alleging that she had tried to stab Israeli police officers, at one of the gates leading to the Al Aqsa Mosque/Temple Mount compound in the old city of Jerusalem; no Israeli injury was reported. One Palestinian in Gaza was shot and killed by Israeli forces on 30 September in the Deir al Balah area, while reportedly hunting birds near the Israeli fence around Gaza.
  • Overall, Israeli forces injured 328 Palestinians across the West Bank. Of them, 217 were hit during protests against settlement activities in the Nablus governorate, near Beita (117), Beit Dajan (73) and Deir al Hatab (27). Another 59 Palestinians, as well as two Israeli soldiers, were injured when Israeli civilians accompanied by Israeli forces entered Nablus to pray at Joseph’s Tomb, during which Palestinians threw stones and home-made explosives, and Israeli forces shot teargas canisters and rubber bullets. Twenty other Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces in Umm Fagarah (see below). Overall, eight of the wounded Palestinians were shot with live ammunition, 47 were hit by rubber bullets, three were physically assaulted or hit by teargas canisters, and the rest were treated for teargas inhalation. In addition to those injured directly by Israeli forces, 15 Palestinians were reportedly injured while running away from Israeli forces or in circumstances that could not be verified.
  • Twenty-nine Palestinians, including a young child, were injured by Israeli forces or settlers in Umm Fagarah (Hebron). On 28 September, Israeli settlers injured nine Palestinians in this Palestinian community, which is in an Israeli-declared ‘firing zone’. One of those injured, a three-year-old boy, was hit by a stone in his head while in his bed, and was taken to an Israeli hospital. The remaining 20 injured Palestinians were treated for inhaling teargas. Israeli settlers also killed five sheep and damaged ten homes, 14 vehicles and several solar panels and water tanks. During the incident, Palestinians threw stones and Israeli forces fired teargas canisters and arrested three Palestinians who were released later that night.  Israeli police have arrested six settlers in connection with the incident, two of whom remain in detention.
  • Israeli forces carried out 70 search-and-arrest operations and arrested around 80 Palestinians across the West Bank. The most affected governorate was Ramallah. 
  • On at least 16 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence and off the coast of Gaza, ostensibly to enforce access restrictions. No injuries were reported, but four Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli authorities reportedly while trying to infiltrate to Israel through the perimeter fence and from the sea. Israeli military bulldozers conducted two land-levelling operations inside Gaza, near the perimeter fence, in the Beit Lahiya and Deir al Balah areas. Also, Egyptian naval forces reportedly opened fire towards Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Rafah, injuring a fisherman.
  • During the reporting period, no demolitions were reported across the West Bank except for three structures demolished by their owner in East Jerusalem, to avoid paying fines.  One of the structures was an extension to a residence in the Sur Bahir neighbourhood, which displaced an elderly woman.
  • Israeli settlers physically assaulted and injured eight Palestinians (in addition to the abovementioned nine in Umm Fagarah), and people known or believed to be settlers damaged or stole the harvest from over 180 olive trees. These included four farmers injured while working their land near As Seefer (Hebron), two shepherds near the community of Arab ar Rashayida (Bethlehem), and another farmer in Ein Yabrud (Ramallah) and an activist in Susiya (Hebron). According to eyewitnesses or landowners, settlers vandalized around 160 olive trees in Umm Fagarah (Hebron) and Burin (Nablus), and stole the olives from another 26 trees in Salfit. A number of attacks by settlers in the H2 area of Hebron were recorded, including breaking into a number of houses and stealing agricultural tools, surveillance cameras and water pumps, in addition to stealing olives.  
  • People known or believed to be Palestinians threw stones at Israeli-plated vehicles in the Jerusalem governorate, injuring a settler. According to Israeli sources, stone throwing damaged 14 Israeli-plated cars throughout the West Bank.

This report reflects information available as of the time of publication. The most updated data and more breakdowns are available at ochaopt.org/data.

9 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces
2021
66 264
2020
    24 | 6
2019
27 108
  • West Bank
  • Gaza Strip
328 Palestinian injuries by Israeli forces in the oPt
2021
13,401 2,300
2020
    2,612 | 56
2019
3,479 11,845
  • West Bank
  • Gaza Strip
0 Israelis killed by Palestinians
2021
1 14
2020
    2 | 1
2019
4 5
  • oPt
  • Israel
3 Israelis injured by Palestinians
2021
311 722
2020
    93 | 18
2019
    63 | 206
  • oPt
  • Israel
3 Palestinian-owned structures demolished
2021
553 121 3
2020
664 175 8
2019
393 203 25
  • Area C
  • East Jerusalem
  • Areas A & B
1 Palestinians displaced due to demolitions
2021
733 211 15
2020
572 391 33
2019
507 347 60
  • Area C
  • East Jerusalem
  • Areas A & B
20 Attacks by Israeli settlers
against Palestinians in the West Bank
2021
264 101
2020
274 84
2019
259 76
  • Resulting in property damage
  • Resulting in casualties
70 Israeli military search and arrest operations in the West Bank
2021
2,916
2020
3,634 0
2019
4,086 0
    2 Israeli military incursions into Gaza
    2021
    30
    2020
    49 0
    2019
    61 0
      8,457 crossings of people through Rafah
      2021
      60,149 62,306
      2020
          26,041 | 25,757
      2019
      64,442 79,322
      • Into Gaza
      • Out of Gaza
      3,265 truckloads entering Gaza
      2021
      16,156 44,186
      2020
      45,359 60,306
      2019
      39,931 52,178
      • Construction materials
      • Others
      114 truckloads leaving Gaza
      2021
      1,659 1,136
      2020
      2,153 1,111
      2019
      2,269 626
      • To the West Bank
      • Elsewhere