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Palestinians Killed, Including 2 Children, 14 Wounded by Israeli
Occupation Forces, a PCHR Report,
August 18–24, 2011
PCHR Weekly Report:
17 killed, including 2 children; 14 wounded by Israeli occupation
forces this week
Friday August 26, 2011 08:48 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
In its Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the
Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 18– 24 Aug. 2011, the
Palestinian Center for Human Rights found that Israeli occupation forces
killed 17 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. 5 of the victims are
civilians, including two children and a physician.
In addition, 3
workers went missing when Israeli occupation forces warplanes bombarded
a tunnel in Rafah. A Palestinian resistance fighter died of a previous
wound in Gaza City.
14 Palestinians, including 5 children and two
women, were wounded by Israeli forces the Gaza Strip.
attacks in the Gaza Strip:
During the last week, Israeli
occupation forces warplanes launched 41 air strikes against targets in
the Gaza Strip, killing 17 Palestinians, including 5 civilians (two
children, a physician, a worker and a farmer), in the Gaza Strip. They
also wounded 20 Palestinians, including 6 children and two women in the
Gaza Strip, and 3 others in the West Bank. Additionally, a Palestinian
resistance fighter died of a previous wound in the Gaza Strip.
the Gaza Strip, a few hours following an armed attack in Eilat by
unknown gunmen in which 5 Israeli civilians and 3 soldiers were killed
on Thursday evening, Israeli forces extra-judicially executed 5 members
of the Popular Resistance Committees and a 2-year old child in the
southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.
Avichai Adraee, Israeli
forces spokesman, stated the Israeli forces targeted senior PRC leaders
"as a first step in response to the attack in Eilat." The Israeli Prime
Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated in a press conference he held to
comment on Eilat attack that "the leaders of the organization
responsible for the attack are no longer alive." He appreciated Israeli
military commanders and the Internal Security Services (ISS) who
"liquidated senior leaders of the organization responsible for the
attack in Eilat," as he claimed.
The Popular Resistance
Committees did not claim responsibility for the attack, and Egyptian
forces later arrested three Egyptians for involvement in the attack.
On Friday, 19 August, Israeli forces launched a series of air
strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip. As a result of these attacks,
5 activists of the Palestinian resistance, a physician and a child were
killed and 5 Palestinians, including two children and two women, were
On Saturday, 20 August 2011, 7 Palestinians, including a
woman and a child, were wounded by Israeli attacks.
21 August 2011, a Palestinian child was wounded and a number of
civilians sustained bruises.
On Wednesday, 24 August 2011,
Israeli forces extra-judicially executed a leader of the Quds Brigades
(the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) in Rafah. A passing child was wounded.
On the same day, Israeli forces killed a farmer in al-Boreij refugee
camp. They also killed a resistance fighter in Gaza City. On the same
day, a worker was killed and 4 others were wounded when Israeli forces
bombarded a tunnel in Rafah.
In the context of such escalation
against the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces launched at least 41 air strikes
against targets in the Gaza Strip. They destroyed or damaged a number of
civilian buildings and 6 training sites of Palestinian resistance
A number of civilian buildings and 6 training sites of
Palestinian resistance groups were destroyed or damaged.
attacks in the West Bank:
Israeli forces conducted 27 incursions
into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
civilians were wounded by Israeli forces in Hebron and Bethlehem.
Israeli forces abducted 77 Palestinians, including a member of the
Palestinian Legislative Council, two journalists, academics and social
In conjunction with the escalation in the Gaza Strip,
the Israeli Occupation Forces (Israeli forces) launched in the early
morning of Sunday, 21 August 2011, a large-scale military campaign
against dozens of houses in Hebron. During this campaign, Israeli forces
abducted at least 53 Palestinians, mostly members and activists of the
Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), including a member of the
Palestinian Legislative Council, two journalists, some academics and
members of charitable associations.
Israeli Annexation Wall:
Israeli forces continued to use force against peaceful protests in
the West Bank.During the reporting period, Israeli forces used force
against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and
international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest to the
construction of the Wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As
a result, dozens of Palestinian civilians and human rights defenders
suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.
Following the Friday Prayer on 19 August 2011, dozens of Palestinian
civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized
a peaceful demonstration in Bil'ein village, west of Ramallah, in
protest to the construction of the annexation wall. They moved towards
areas of Palestinian land, which the Israeli High Court ordered to be
returned to their Palestinian owners. The placed chairs to make it a
park for Palestinians. The demonstrators also used megaphones to call on
Israeli settlers living in “Mitityaho Mizrach” settlement to leave it.
Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. One
civilian was wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the right leg.
Additionally, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas
inhalation and fire broke out in some agricultural plots.
following the Friday Prayer on 19 August 2011, dozens of Palestinian
civilians and international and human rights defenders organized a
peaceful demonstration in Ne'lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest
against the construction of the annexation wall. They clashed with
Israeli troops positioned near the annexation wall. Israeli soldiers
fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at
demonstrators. As a result, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear
Also following the Friday Prayer on 19 August
2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli
human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Nabi Saleh
village, northwest of Ramallah, in protest against land confiscations in
the Wad al-Raya area between the villages of Nabi Saleh and Deir Nizam.
When the demonstrators attempted to reach areas of land seized by
Israeli settlers near "Halmish" settlement, Israeli troops fired
rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them.
As a result, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas
Also following the Friday Prayer on 19 August 2011,
dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful demonstration in
Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, in protest to Israeli
settlement activities the continued closure of the entrance of the
village by Israeli forces. Israeli soldiers prevented the demonstrators
from getting close to the entrance and fired tear gas canisters and
sound bombs at them. As a result, a number of Palestinian civilians
suffered from tear gas inhalation. Because of the tear gas canisters and
sound bombs, 750 birds in a bird farm near the entrance of the village
Israeli settlement activities:
forces have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli
settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
On 19 August 2011, many armed Israeli settlers from “Beit Eil”
settlement, north of Ramallah, stormed al-Banabee’ area in Dawar Al-Qare’
village to the north of the settlement. They set fire to two cars
belonging. Palestinian civilians were able to extinguish fire in one of
the cars, but the other one was completely burnt.
On 20 August
2011, a number of Israeli settlers from “Ramat Magron” settlement, which
stands on the lands of Mikhmas village, southeast of Ramallah, violently
beat a Palestinian child, while he was grazing animals with another
child. He was injured in the head.
On 23 August 2011, a number
of Israeli settlers from “Bat Ain” settlement in the north of Beit Ummar
town, north of Hebron, uprooted dozens of fruitful trees belonging to
the Slaibi family in Wadi Abu al-Reesh area. They uprooted 5 olive
trees, 25 grape trees and 22 plum trees.
Recommendations to the
Due to the number and severity of
Israeli human rights violations this week, the PCHR made several
recommendations to the international community. Among these were a
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