Reports

20 April 2017 |

An Israeli soldier and a British woman were killed in two separate Palestinian attacks. On 6 April, a 22-year-old Palestinian man ran his car into Israeli soldiers standing at a bus stop near Ofra settlement (Ramallah), killing one soldier and injuring another; the perpetrator was later arrested by Israeli forces. This brings the number of Israelis killed by Palestinians since the beginning of 2017 to five, all of which were soldiers. Also, on 14 April, a 57-year-old Palestinian man, reportedly mentally ill, stabbed and killed a 21-year-old British student while travelling on the Israeli light train near the Old City of Jerusalem, and was subsequently arrested.

13 April 2017 |
Displaced Palestinian girl in temporary accommodation in Gaza. © Photo by OCHA, February 2015.

Approximately 4,000 displaced families in the Gaza Strip have not been allocated any funding for the reconstruction of their homes. Severe access restrictions place some 2,000 Palestinians in the settlement area of Hebron city at risk of forcible transfer. New measures aimed at revoking the residency rights of family members of perpetrators of attacks in East Jerusalem raise concerns over collective punishment. Outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, which affected over 100 livestock farms in the Gaza Strip, has been largely controlled.

13 April 2017 |

Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza have undermined the living conditions of 1.9 million Palestinians in that area. Many of the current restrictions, originally imposed by Israel in the early 1990s, were intensified after June 2007, following the Hamas takeover of Gaza and the imposition of a blockade. These restrictions continue to reduce access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future.

6 April 2017 |

The de facto authorities in the Gaza Strip executed three Palestinian men convicted of “collaboration with Israel”, according to media reports.
The Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip announced the lifting of all access restrictions in place since 26 March.

24 March 2017 |

Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza have undermined the living conditions of 1.9 million Palestinians in that area. Many of the current restrictions, originally imposed by Israel in the early 1990s, were intensified after June 2007, following the Hamas takeover of Gaza and the imposition of a blockade. These restrictions continue to reduce access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future. The situation has been compounded by the restrictions imposed since June 2013 by the Egyptian authorities at Rafah Crossing, which had become the main crossing point used by Palestinian passengers in the Gaza Strip, given the above restrictions on the Israeli-controlled crossings.

23 March 2017 |

On 13 March, a 25-year-old Palestinian man stabbed and injured two Israeli policemen in the Old City of East Jerusalem and was subsequently shot and killed by Israeli forces. Following the incident, Israeli forces raided the family house of the perpetrator in the Jabal al Mukabber neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, detained four family members and destroyed the mourning tent erected. On 15 March, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl crashed the car she was driving into the metal pillars protecting a settler bus stop at the Gush Etzion junction (Hebron) and was shot and severely injured by Israeli soldiers; no additional injuries were reported

11 March 2017 |
Khan al Ahmar school at risk of demolition after receiving demolition order from the ICA on 5 March 2017. © Archive photo by OCHA, 2013

All structures in Khan al Ahmar - Abu Al Helu, a Palestinian Bedouin community in the Jerusalem governorate, were served with final demolition orders, increasing the risk of a mass forcible transfer. Largest seawater desalination plant in Gaza inaugurated and expected to serve 275,000 people, less than 15% of Gaza’s population. Key measures by humanitarian organizations can mitigate the humanitarian impact of de facto settlement expansion. Eight years after the 2008-2009 (Cast Lead) hostilities in Gaza, victims are still bearing the consequences while lack of accountability persists.

9 March 2017 |

In the Gaza Strip, three Palestinian workers died and eleven were injured following the collapse of a smuggling tunnel under the border with Egypt on 24 February. Although most smuggling tunnels have been destroyed or blocked by the Egyptian authorities since 2013, some have reportedly remained operational. In the West Bank, a 22-year-old Palestinian man died after he jumped off the top of the Barrier and fell into a deep hole at a quarry, near Azzun Atma village (Qalqiliya), while Israeli forces were chasing him; the man was reportedly attempting to cross into Israel for work, without a permit.

24 February 2017 |
Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, 13 February 2016

On 21 February, an Israeli military court issued a prison sentence of 18 months to an Israeli soldier, who, in March 2016 in Hebron city, shot dead a wounded Palestinian after he carried out an attack. According to the court ruling, the injured man was lying on the ground without posing any threat, when he was killed.

15 February 2017 |

Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza have undermined the living conditions of 1.9 million Palestinians in that area. Many of the current restrictions, originally imposed by Israel in the early 1990s, were intensified after June 2007, following the Hamas takeover of Gaza and the imposition of a blockade. These restrictions continue to reduce access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future. The situation has been compounded by the restrictions imposed since June 2013 by the Egyptian authorities at Rafah Crossing, which had become the main crossing point used by Palestinian passengers in the Gaza Strip, given the above
restrictions on the Israeli-controlled crossings.