UN_OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report | 25 July – 7 August 2023

02:14 Aug 15 2023 Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT) الأراضي الفلسطينية West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza

Latest Developments (after the reporting period)

This section is based on initial information from different sources. Further confirmed details will be provided in the next report.

On 10 August, undercover Israeli forces raided Zawata (Nablus), and an exchange of fire with Palestinians ensued, killing a 23-year-old Palestinian man.

Highlights from the reporting period

During four attacks or attempted or alleged attacks by Palestinians in the West Bank and Israel, one Israeli policeman was killed, and eight Israelis injured. During these four incidents, six Palestinians, including one child, were killed and two were injured.

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Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians, including two children, in three separate operations which involved exchange of fire.

The number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank and Israel by Israeli forces so far in 2023 (167) surpassed the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in all of 2022 (155), which already saw the highest fatalities in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, since 2005.

An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian man and injured two others during a settler attack in Burqa village (Ramallah).

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Since the beginning of 2023, until 7 August, Israeli settlers killed seven Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem; three of the fatalities were perpetrators or alleged perpetrators of attacks against Israelis.

One Palestinian child died in an Israeli search-and-arrest operation in Qalqilya.

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Since the beginning of the year a total of 683 Palestinians were injured with live ammunition by Israeli forces in the West Bank, which is more than double the equivalent period in 2022 (307).

Six Palestinians, including one child, were injured by Israeli settlers; and people known or believed to be settlers damaged Palestinian property in another 14 instances across the West Bank. (This is in addition to the Palestinian casualties by Israeli settlers and forces in the above-mentioned settler-related incidents.)

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Nine Israelis, including one woman, were injured by Palestinians in four separate incidents across the West Bank and Israel.

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The Israeli authorities demolished, confiscated, or forced people to demolish 56 structures in East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank, including six homes, citing the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, which are almost impossible to obtain. As a result, 23 Palestinians, including 12 children, were displaced, and the livelihoods of more than 3,500 others were affected.

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About 477 people, including 261 children, left from Ras al Tin, Wadi as Seeq, Ein Samiya, and Al Baqa’a (all in the Ramallah governorate), Lifjim (Nablus) and Wedadie and Khirbet Bir al ‘Idd (both southern Hebron) between 2022 and 2023, citing settler violence and loss of access to grazing land as the primary reasons. As a result, three out of these seven communities have been entirely emptied, while only a few families remain in the others.

In the Gaza Strip, in at least 14 incidents, Israeli forces opened “warning fire” near Israel’s perimeter fence or off the coast. These incidents disrupted the work of farmers and fishermen. One fisherman was injured, and two boats sustained damages.

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