PCHR: Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Weekly Update | May 11-17, 2023)

23:46 May 17 2023 Israel ( יִשְׂרָאֵל0 * دَوْلَة إِسْرَائِيل‎ ) and Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT) الأراضي الفلسطينية

Report Graphic. Published by Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and IMEMC News

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity
During the reporting period, Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has continued, as it began at dawn on Tuesday, 09 May 2023, and ended after a cease-fire was agreed on 13 May 2023. This week, the Israeli airstrikes killed 8 members of Palestinian armed groups and injured 29 others, including 7 women and 5 children.

Thus, the death toll since the beginning of the Israeli aggression has risen to 33 Palestinians, including 15 civilians, amongst them 6 children and 4 women. According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), the number of injuries has risen to 190, including 64 children, 38 women and 13 elderlies.

Moreover, 29 residential houses and apartments were directly targeted; most of them were completely destroyed, while tens of nearby housing units sustained complete and partial destruction, displacing tens of families, and causing damage to civilian facilities. PCHR’s fieldworkers are still documenting the damage inflicted to other civilian facilities.

These attacks on civilian areas reflect Israel’s blatant disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians with complying with the principle of distinction and proportionality binding on the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) under international law.

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So far in 2023, IOF attacks killed 150 Palestinians, including 75 civilians; 24 were children and 6 were women, and the rest were members of the Palestinian armed groups, including 2 children, 7 killed by settlers, and two died in Israeli prisons. Meanwhile, 274 Palestinians, including 85 children, 21 women and 12 journalists, were injured.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF displaced 7 families of 53, including 31 children and 11 women, after destroying 7 residential apartments, a water well, 3 agricultural rooms, and uprooting olive and almond trees in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
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Since the beginning of 2023, IOF made 76 families homeless, a total of 492 persons, including 97 women and 223 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 83 houses; 18 were forcibly self-demolished by their owners and 8 were demolished on grounds of collective punishment. IOF also demolished 74 other civilian objects, razed other property, and delivered dozens of notices of demolition and cease-construction in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Settlers carried out 4 attacks on Palestinians and their property in the West Bank, injuring a Palestinian with a live bullet and uprooting dozens of trees in the West Bank.
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Since the beginning of the year, settlers have conducted at least 197 attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property. As a result, 7 Palestinians were killed, and dozens of others were injured; most of them were subject to beating and stone-throwing. Also, dozens of houses, vehicles and civilian facilities were set ablaze.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians

IOF carried out 185 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 70 Palestinians were arrested, including 4 children, and gold jewellery worth 3,000 Jordanian dinars was confiscated as well as 4,000 shekels from the house of Palestinian they arrested in Bethlehem.

So far in 2023, IOF conducted 3888 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2285 Palestinians were arrested, including 25 women and 269 children. Also, IOF arrested 34 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, including 12 fishermen, 19 infiltrators into Israel, and 3 travelers at Erez Crossing. IOF also conducted 12 incursions.

Israeli closure and restrictions on freedom of movement

Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 16-year closure on the Gaza Strip.

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Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 16-year closure on the Gaza Strip.

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