27 November 2020 |

During the reporting period (3-23 November), a total of 129 structures were demolished, or seized, due to a lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 100 people and otherwise affecting at least 200. The largest incident took place on 3 November in Humsa Al Bqai’a, where 83 structures were destroyed, displacing 73 people, including 41 children.

19 November 2020 |
Photo by UNRWA.

Active COVID-19 cases continue to rise; 103 more people die. Gaza accounts for 39 per cent of active cases and recorded another 19 fatalities. 121,000 Palestinians lost their jobs in the second quarter of 2020, according to the World Bank. 

18 November 2020 |
The Israeli authorities remove part of a donor-funded network supplying water to eight communities in Massafer Yatta (Hebron), 28 October 2020. Photo by Alliance for Human Rights.

Removal of donor-funded network disrupts water supply to over 1,000 people in herding communities. Requisitioning of structures without prior notice continues. Freeze on the demolition of inhabited homes in East Jerusalem holds. Punitive sealing in Ya’bad village (Jenin) displaces a family of ten.

6 November 2020 |

On 25 October, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy died during an Israeli search-and-arrest operation in Turmus’ayya village (Ramallah). According to the Israeli authorities, the boy fell and hit his head on the ground while being chased by soldiers, along with other Palestinian stone-throwers. Palestinian eyewitnesses indicated that he was severely beaten by Israeli forces and, according to the director of the hospital where he was admitted, his body showed signs of violence.

3 November 2020 |

After weeks of declining, active COVID-19 cases rise slightly; 81 more people die. Over 2,400 more cases of community transmission, and another nine fatalities reported in Gaza. The Inter-Agency Response Plan for the oPt is 49 per cent funded.

23 October 2020 |
The olive harvest season, which started on 7 October, was disrupted by people believed or known to be Israeli settlers in 19 incidents: 23 Palestinian farmers were injured, over 1,000 olive trees were burnt, or otherwise damaged, and large amounts of produce were stolen. In the outskirts of Burqa village (Ramallah), settlers stoned and physically assaulted Palestinian olive pickers on three occasions, triggering clashes. Israeli forces intervened in one of the clashes, injuring 14 Palestinians and leaving 30 trees burnt by tear gas canisters. The remaining injuries were recorded in farming areas near the town of Huwwara (Nablus) and the villages of Ni’lin and Beitillu (Ramallah). Next to the Israeli settlement of Mevo Dotan (Jenin), about 450 olive trees were set on fire and destroyed shortly after Palestinian farmers from Ya’abad village were attacked there by settlers and forced out by Israeli soldiers. A few hundred olive trees belonging to Palestinians from Saffa village (Ramallah), in the closed area behind the Barrier, were also set on fire and damaged. In another ten locations adjacent to settlements, farmers found that their olive trees had either been vandalized or harvested, and the produce stolen, when they were able to reach them. Several of the incidents took place in access-restricted areas, where the Israeli authorities allow Palestinians to enter two-four days during the entire harvest season.
22 October 2020 |
Arabic lesson in the Ras at Tin school, at risk of demolition. © Photo by OCHA

21 donor-funded aid structures demolished or seized. Donor-funded school faces imminent risk of demolition. Nearly a third of all structures targeted were requisitioned without prior notice. Freeze on the demolition of inhabited homes announced on 1 October in East Jerusalem.

20 October 2020 |
© UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan

Over 6,600 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the oPt, but active cases continue to decline; 90 more people die. 1,400 more cases of community transmission, and another five fatalities reported in Gaza. The Inter-Agency Response Plan for the oPt is 49 per cent funded.

12 October 2020 |
Dr. Mustafa Al-Masri with an art piece made by a patient who survived attempted suicide.

The humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in August and September continued to be dominated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On 24 August, the Gaza Strip detected its first infection cases in the community.  In response, the local authorities declared a state of emergency and enforced a lockdown, which has been gradually eased as the rate of transmission decreases. However, these restrictions have exacerbated already poor living conditions and related concerns in Gaza. Mental health is one such concern, as evidenced in the increase in suicide rates, which is the subject of one article in this Humanitarian Bulletin.

9 October 2020 |

On 5 October, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian, aged 28, near Beit Lid village in Tulkarm. According to Israeli media sources, the man was part of a group of three who were throwing Molotov cocktail at soldiers close to Enav checkpoint; the other two fled the scene. The fatality brings to 20, the number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank since the beginning of the year.