[News] 59 civilians wounded, 60 abducted by Israeli troops this week

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  PCHR Weekly Report: 59 civilians wounded, 60 abducted by Israeli
  troops this week

author Friday March 01, 2013 19:52author by PCHR Gaza
http://www.imemc.org/article/65138

    In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the
    Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 21- 27 February 2013,
    the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that 3
    Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded in the
    northern Gaza Strip by Israeli troops. 9 Palestinian civilians,
    including 3 children, were wounded in different shooting incidents
    in the West Bank, 8 of whom were wounded in Qasra village, southeast
    of Nablus, during a joint attack launched by the Israeli forces and
    settlers.

14 civilians, including 4 children, a woman and a journalist, were 
wounded in peaceful protests against the annexation wall and settlement 
activities, while 33, including 9 children, were wounded in solidarity 
demonstrations supporting the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in 
the Israeli jails. Moreover, 8 civilians, including 3 children, were 
wounded when the Israeli forces moved into Qasra village, southeast of 
Nablus, to offer protection to Israeli settlers in their attack against 
the said village. Another Palestinian civilian was wounded during a 
protest in the center of Hebron.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces conducted at least 51 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 
During these incursions, the Israeli forces abducted at least 36 
Palestinians, including 23 children. The children were released a few 
hours later. The Israeli forces also detained 17 Palestinian civilians, 
including 3 children, during peaceful protests throughout the West Bank 
against the annexation wall and settlement activities or to support the 
Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails.

In the context of using checkpoints as traps to arrest the Palestinians, 
the Israeli forces abducted 4 civilians, including a child. They also 
abducted 3 farmers from their lands. Thus, the total number of 
Palestinians who were abducted in the West Bank during the reporting 
period mounted to 60 civilians, including 27 children.

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces turned a vacant house in 
Ya'bad village, southwest of Jenin, into a military position. They 
raised the Israeli flag and fixed surveillance cameras 
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house. In addition, they used it to torture the Palestinian civilians in 
the village.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to open fire at the 
Palestinians near the border fence. On 22 February 2013, the Israeli 
forces stationed along the border fence, east of Jabalya, northeast of 
Beit Hanoun, opened fire at a number of Palestinians who were 50 meters 
northeast of al-Shuhada' cemetery adjacent to the border fence. As a 
result, 2 civilians were wounded. At the same time, the Israeli forces 
stationed along the border fence, east of Abu Safiya area, east of 
Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of young 
persons who were about 100 meters to the west of the border fence. As a 
result, a boy was wounded. It should be noted that the Palestinian 
families go to picnic in the farmlands adjacent to the border fence on 
Fridays. However, the Israeli forces target them.

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, on 21 
February 2013, the Israeli gunboats attacked a Palestinian fishing boat 
<http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=fishing+boat> boarded by 3 fishermen, 
while they were sailing 3 nautical miles off al-Waha resort, north of 
Gaza Strip. Furthermore, PCHR's fieldworkers documented 6 shooting 
incidents against Palestinian fishing boats during the reporting period.

Israeli settlement activities:

The Israeli forces have continued settlement activities in the West 
Bank, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian 
civilians and property.

On Thursday, 21 February 2013, dozens of settlers from "Seger" 
settlement cut 50 olive trees and 20 grape trees in Jorat Mish'al area, 
west of Beit 'Awwa village, west of Doura, southwest of Hebron.

On 22 February 2013, Israeli forces raided B'er al-'Abed area in the 
surroundings of Janba village, south of Yatta, south of Hebron. The 
Israeli soldiers deployed in the area and detained a number of 
Palestinian civilians while they were paving the street, which leads to 
the village, and declared it a closed military zone in which any form of 
construction work needs a permit f. Before withdrawing, the Israeli 
forces confiscated three trucks, loaded with base course.

On 23 February 2013, dozens of settlers coming from "Susiya" settlement, 
established on confiscated Palestinian agricultural lands, south of 
Yatta, south of Hebron, attacked Palestinian farmers of al-Shamsti and 
al-Nawa'ja, while working in their farmlands in the surroundings of the 
village. The settlers beat the Palestinian farmers severely and 
unleashed their dogs, terrorizing them. The Israeli forces arrived at 
the scene, declared the area a closed military zone and attacked the 
farmers. Before withdrawing, the Israeli soldiers abducted two farmers 
and transported them to an unknown destination.

On 23 February 2013, Israeli forces raided farmlands in al-Khalail area, 
north of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They detained a 75-year 
old farmer, and 3 of his sons for two and a half hours before releasing 
them. The forces banned the aforementioned civilians from working in 
their land under pretext that it is close to the security fence of "Gosh 
Atzion" settlement, established on Palestinian civilians' lands south of 
Bethlehem

Also on the same day, a group of settlers coming from "Sham'a" 
settlement, established on Palestinian civilians' lands southeast of 
al-Thaheria village, south of Hebron, attacked a number of shepherds 
while tending their sheep in farmlands in Kherbat Zanouta area, west of 
the aforementioned village. The settlers beat a 37-year old man. Half an 
hour later, an Israeli force raided the area, abducted the man and 
transported him to an unknown destination.

Also on the same day, a group of settlers, under the protection of 
Israeli forces accompanied by a number of military vehicles 
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civilians' lands from Silat al-Daher village, south of Jenin, where 
"Homesh" settlement was established before being evacuated. They 
practiced some religious rituals before withdrawing from the area.

On 24 February 2013, 8 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded 
when a group of settlers from "Yissh Kodesh" settlement, southeast of 
Qasra village, southeast of Nablus, attacked a house belonging to the 
family of Abdul Majid Tawfiq Salama in al-Wa'ar area, southeast of the 
said village. A number of Palestinians gathered to protect the house 
from the settlers who were protected by the Israeli forces. The 
Palestinians threw stones at the Israeli forces and settlers, who opened 
fire in return.

On Monday, 25 February 2013, an Israel settler from "Betar Illit" 
settlement, established on the lands of Housan, Foukin Valleh and 
Nahalin villages, west of Bethlehem, established a large steel gate, 4 
meters wide and 2 meters high, on the main entrance leading to 
Palestinian farmers' lands in Qedis area, west of Housan.

Israeli attacks against non-violent demonstrations:

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces continued to 
systematically use excessive force against peaceful protests organized 
by Palestinians and Israeli and international activists protesting 
against the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. 
As a result, 14 protestors, including 4 children, a woman and a 
journalist, were wounded. 3 of whom, including a woman and a child, were 
wounded in al-Nabi Saleh weekly protest; 5 protestors were wounded in 
Budrus protest in Ramallah and a child was wounded in Bil'in protest in 
Ramallah. The other 5 persons, including 2 children and a journalist, 
were wounded during 2 protests in the center of Hebron that were 
organized to protest against the continued closure of al-Shuhada' Street 
since 1994.

In the same context, the Palestinians organized a number of peaceful 
protests in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners, particularly 
those who are on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. The Israeli forces 
used excessive force against these protests. As a result, 28 civilians, 
including 4 children, were wounded.

At approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 21 February 2013, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians, activists of the Popular Committees against 
Settlement Activity and the Hebron Defense Committee and international 
human rights activists gathered in al-Haraiek area, southeast of Hebron, 
for a peaceful demonstration calling for opening the route linking 
Hebron with al-Rayhia al-Thaheriaand Doura villages and al-Fawar Refugee 
Camp, which has been closed for the past 12 years. Upon their arrival to 
the steel gate which closes the road leading to bypass road (60), the 
Israeli forces surrounded the area and declared it a closed military 
zone, ordering the demonstrators to leave immediately. The soldiers 
fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the demonstration. A number 
of protesters fainted as a result of tear gas inhalation.

Following the Friday Prayer on 22 February 2013, 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. The demonstrators 
gathered in the streets of the village, chanting slogans calling for 
national unity. The protesters aimed to stress the need to adhere to 
national principles and the right of return, to resist the occupation 
and to call for the release of all Palestinian prisoners. The protesters 
raised Palestinian flags and made their way towards the lands adjacent 
to the annexation wall. The Israeli forces closed all ways and entrances 
to the village since early morning hours, to prevent Palestinians, 
journalists and international activists from joining the protest. The 
protesters raised Palestinian flags and made their way towards the wall. 
They called through megaphones for Israeli settlers in "Mitityahu" 
settlement to leave Palestinian land. Israeli soldiers stationed in the 
area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas 
canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, Qosai Falah Ahmed Abu-Rahma 
(11) was hit by a tear canister in the head. Dozens of demonstrators 
also suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

Around the same time on Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians and 
Israeli and international human rights defenders gathered in the Martyrs 
Square in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, to hold a weekly 
peaceful protest against the construction of the annexation wall and 
settlement activities, and in solidarity with the Palestinians prisoners 
on hunger strike inside Israeli jails, especially Samer al-Eisawi. The 
protesters walked towards the gate erected by Israeli forces near the 
entrance of the village, which leads to Palestinian lands that Israeli 
settlers from the nearby "Halmish" settlement are trying to seize. 
Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and 
tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, 3 Palestinian 
civilians, including a woman and a child, were wounded, and dozens of 
demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained 
bruises. The first wounded person, a woman (45), sustained a bullet 
wound to the left leg; the second, a child (13), sustained 3 bullet 
wounds to the left thigh, waist and shoulder, and he was detained for 
half an hour at the military tower, established by the main entrance of 
the village. He was then transported to Palestine Health Complex in 
Ramallah for treatment. The third one (19) sustained 3 bullet wounds in 
the right leg.

Also on Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human 
rights defenders gathered in Budrus village, west of Ramallah and 
al-Bireh, for a peaceful protest against the annexation wall and 
settlement activity. They raised the Palestinian flag and portraits of 
Sameer Awad, who was killed by Israeli forces. The demonstrators walked 
through the village streets and headed towards the wall. The Israeli 
forces closed the wall gates with barbwires. When the demonstrators 
attempted to cross the wall to the land behind it, the Israeli forces 
stopped them, so the demonstrators threw stones at them. The Israeli 
soldiers fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets. As a 
result, 5 Palestinian civilians sustained wounds: a 22-year-old male, 
sustained a bullet wound to the chest; an 18-year-old male, sustained a 
bullet wound to the back; a 25-year-old male, was hit by a gas canister 
in the right foot; a 30-year-old male, sustained a bullet wound in the 
left hand; and a 19 year-old male, sustained a bullet wound to the back.

Also following the Friday Prayer on 22 February 2013, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights 
defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Ne'lin village, west of 
Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and 
settlement activities. The demonstrators moved towards areas of the 
annexation wall. Immediately, Israeli soldiers stationed in the area 
fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at 
the demonstrators. As a result, dozens of demonstrators suffered from 
tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

Also following the Friday Prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and 
international human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration 
in the center of al-Ma'sara village, south of Bethlehem, in protest at 
the ongoing construction of the annexation wall. As the protestors moved 
towards the gate of the village, dozens of the Israeli "Border Guards" 
and Special Forces were closing the gate under pretext that this is a 
closed military zone. The soldiers fired tear gas canisters at the 
demonstration and civilian houses. A number of demonstrators suffocated 
as a result of tear gas inhalation. Also, one protester fainted due to 
tear gas inhalation and was transported to al-Wehda Medical Center in 
the village for the necessary medical treatment.

At approximately 12:15 on Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians and 
international human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration 
in the center of Kufor Kadoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, in protest 
to the continuous closure of the eastern entrance of the village since 
the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada. The demonstrators moved towards 
the entrance of the village. Immediately, Israeli forces, stationed in 
the surroundings of the steel gate established at the entrance, fired 
tear gas canisters and sound bombs intensively at the demonstrators to 
stop them from reaching the gate. A number of demonstrators fainted as a 
result of tear gas inhalation.

At approximately 12:30 on Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians 
organized a demonstration, from the center of Jayous village, northeast 
of Qalqilya, towards the western gate of the village, where the Israeli 
forces are stationed, in protest to the continuous confiscation of 
lands, not applying the Israeli Supreme Court's decision to adjust the 
route of the annexation wall and obstructing farmers on their way in and 
out through the aforementioned gate. As soon as the demonstrators came 
close to the gate, Israeli soldiers, who had been deployed behind it, 
fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters intensively at the 
demonstration. As a result, dozens of civilians also suffered from tear 
gas inhalation due to tear gas inhalation.

At noon, dozens of Palestinian civilians, activists of the Youth Forum 
against Settlement Activity and human rights activists gathered in front 
of 'Ali al-Baka' mosque, in the center of Hebron, for a demonstration 
calling for opening Shuhada Street, which has been closed since 1994, 
following the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre of 1993 which was committed out 
by Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli settler, against Muslim worshipers. The 
demonstrators headed towards the entrance of Shuhada Street, adjacent to 
the old municipal building, where the settlers established "Beit 
Hadassah" settlement outpost, located in area H2 under the Oslo Accords. 
Israeli forces, accompanied by a number of military vehicles 
<http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=military+vehicles> and waste water 
pumps, stormed the area, ordered the demonstrators to leave and declared 
it a closed military zone. A group of youngsters tried to cut the 
barbwire and open the gate leading to the aforementioned street. In 
response, the Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, 
live-bullets, sound bombs, tear gas canisters and waste water at them. 
As a result, two brothers sustained bullet wounds; the first (18) 
sustained a bullet wound in the left foot, the second (20) sustained a 
bullet wound in the right foot; and Abdel-Hafiz al-Hashlamon (37), a 
cameraman for a European News Agency, sustained a bullet wound in the 
right foot. All of them were transported to Hebron Public Hospital for 
treatment.

At approximately 19:30, a group of Palestinian youngsters attempted to 
raid the steel gate closing Shuhada Street for the second time. They 
also threw rocks at Israeli soldiers who were stationed behind concrete 
blocks. The Israeli soldiers responded with live-bullets, tear gas 
canisters and sound bombs. As a result, more than 20 civilians 
suffocated from tear gas inhalation and 2 children sustained bullet 
wounds; they were transported to Hebron Public Hospital for treatment.

At approximately 12:00 on Saturday, 23 February 2013, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians and international human rights activists gathered 
in Um al-'Amad area, west of Yatta, south of Hebron, for a peaceful 
demonstration in protest to the Israeli authorities' confiscation of 
dozens of Palestinian dunums for settlement expansion projects in 
"Atnaúal" settlement, established on Palestinian civilians' lands south 
of the city. Israeli forces and police raided the area and declared it a 
closed military zone. The soldiers and civilians quarreled verbally 
after the civilians tried to approach the confiscated lands. The Israeli 
soldiers fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the demonstration. 
As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas 
inhalation. Later, the Israeli forces abducted a 45-year old man.

Demonstrations in Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees in 
Israeli Jails

At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 21 February 2013, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians gathered at the Martyrs Square in the center of 
Nablus and organized a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with the 
Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike inside Israeli prisons. The 
demonstrators roamed the streets of the city and headed towards Howara 
checkpoint on the southern entrance of the city. The Israeli forces 
closed the checkpoint to stop other Palestinians and journalists from 
joining the demonstrators. The demonstrators threw stones at Israeli 
forces stationed at the checkpoint, and the Israeli forces fired tear 
gas canister and sound bombs at them. As a result, many of the 
demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

At the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and dozens of 
prisoners' families demonstrated in front of "Ofer" prison, southwest of 
Ramallah, in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. 
The demonstration moved towards the prison gate. The Israeli forces 
closed the gate before the demonstrators could enter and started 
shooting live fire, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and 
sound bombs at them. As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians sustained 
injuries. They were transported to Palestine Health Complex in Ramallah 
by ambulances. The first, 19 year-old male, sustained a bullet wound in 
the right thigh; and the second, a 22 year-old male, sustained a bullet 
wound in the right temple.

Following Friday Prayer on 22 February 2013, dozens of Palestinian 
civilians gathered in the center of 'Aboud village, northwest of 
Ramallah, for a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with prisoners on 
hunger strike inside Israeli jails. The demonstration headed towards the 
eastern entrance of the village, near the settler's road adjacent to the 
village. Before arriving to their destination, Israeli forces, which 
were stationed at the aforementioned entrance fired tear gas canisters, 
live-bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs at them and 
chased them. As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians sustained wounds, 
including one who sustained a bullet wound that settled in his head, and 
was transported to Rafidia Surgical Hospital in Nablus. Following 
medical examination, it was found that the bullet caused a fracture in 
the skull, the victim underwent surgery on the same day; he needed 
another surgery due to hemorrhage in the brain, Mr. 'Asfour is now in a 
coma. A 29-year-old male sustained a bullet wound below the left knew; 
the bullet damaged the bones and he was also transported to Rifidia 
Surgical Hospital. A 24-year-old male sustained a bullet wound to the 
abdomen. A 23-year-old male, sustained a bullet wound to the abdomen.

At the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and dozens of 
prisoners' families demonstrated in front of "Ofer" prison, southwest of 
Ramallah, in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. 
The demonstration moved towards the prison gate. The Israeli forces 
closed the gate before the demonstrators could enter and started 
shooting live fire, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and 
sound bombs at them. As a result, 8 Palestinian civilians, including two 
children, sustained injuries. They were transported to Palestine Health 
Complex in Ramallah by ambulances.

At approximately 18:00, a demonstration was organized in Jenin in 
solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, and in 
condemnation of the death of prisoner 'Arafat Jaradat inside an Israeli 
prison. The demonstration patrolled the streets of the city, and ended 
near al-Jalama checkpoint separating Jenin and Israel, northeast of 
Jenin. Following that, a group of Palestinian youth gathered in front of 
the checkpoint, threw stones, empty bottles at the soldiers and set 
rubber-tires ablaze. The soldiers closed the checkpoint and fired 
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs to 
disperse them; as a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas 
inhalation. The clashes continued for several hours and 11 demonstrators 
were abducted, including a child. Most of them were released later the 
same day after being detained in Salem Camp, northwest of Jenin.

At approximately 12:30 on Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians 
gathered at the Martyrs Square in the center of Nablus and organized a 
peaceful demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on 
hunger strike inside Israeli prisons. The demonstrators roamed the 
streets of the city and headed towards Howara checkpoint on the southern 
entrance of the city. The Israeli forces closed the checkpoint to stop 
other Palestinians and journalists from joining the demonstrators. The 
demonstrators threw stones at Israeli forces stationed at the 
checkpoint, and the Israeli forces fired tear gas canister and sound 
bombs at them. As a result, many of the demonstrators suffered from tear 
gas inhalation.

At approximately 13:00 on Friday, a demonstration was organized in 
Tulkarm in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike inside Israeli 
jails. The demonstration roamed the streets of Tulkarm and ended at 
Natania Street near Gishouri factories, southwest of the city. Following 
that, a group of Palestinian youth gathered in front of the checkpoint, 
threw rocks, empty bottles at the soldiers and set rubber-tires ablaze. 
The soldiers closed the checkpoint and fired rubber-coated metal 
bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs to disperse them. As a 
result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

At the same time, a demonstration started from 'Anabta village, east of 
Tulkarm, in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike inside Israeli 
jails. The demonstration roamed the streets of the village and ended at 
'Ennab military checkpoint, established on the main Tulkarm-Nablus road, 
east of Tulkarm. Following that, a group of Palestinian youth gathered 
in front of the checkpoint, threw stones, empty bottles at the soldiers 
and set rubber-tires ablaze. The soldiers closed the checkpoint and 
fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs to 
disperse them. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas 
inhalation. The clashes continued for several hours. The Israeli forces 
detained three civilians, including two children.

At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 23 February 2013, a group of boys, 
from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, near the southeastern 
entrance of the camp, behind the UNRWA Camp School for Boys. The boys 
were 200 meters from the fence surrounding "Beit El" settlement. The 
boys threw stones at the settlement's fence. In response, the Israeli 
soldiers fired live-bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas 
canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, a 15-year-old boy 
sustained four shrapnel wounds in the left leg. He was transported to 
Palestine Health Complex in Ramallah for treatment.

At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 24 February 2013, a demonstration 
started from Tulkarm, condemning the death of prisoner Arafat Jaradat 
inside Israeli jails. The demonstration roamed the streets of Tulkarm 
and ended at Natania Street near Gishouri factories, southwest of the 
city. Following that, a group of Palestinian youth gathered in front of 
the checkpoint, threw stones, empty bottles at the soldiers and set 
rubber-tires ablaze. The soldiers closed the checkpoint and fired 
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs to 
disperse them.

At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 24 February 2013, a demonstration 
started from Tulkarm, in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike 
inside Israeli jails. The demonstration roamed the streets of Tulkarm 
and ended at Natania Street near Gishouri factories, southwest of the 
city. Following that, a group of Palestinian young gathered in front of 
the checkpoint, threw stones, empty bottles at the soldiers and set 
rubber-tires ablaze. The soldiers closed the checkpoint and fired 
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs to 
disperse them

At noon on Sunday, 24 February 2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians and 
dozens of prisoners' families demonstrated in front of "Ofer" prison, 
southwest of Ramallah, in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on 
hunger strike. The demonstration moved towards the prison gate. The 
Israeli forces closed the gate before the demonstrators could enter and 
started shooting live fire, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas 
canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, 5 Palestinian civilians, 
including a child, sustained injuries. Three of them sustained 
live-bullet wounds, and the fourth one sustained a metal-bullet wound 
and the fifth was hit with a tear gas canister.

At approximately 13:10, dozens of Palestinian children and youngsters 
gathered at the eastern entrance of 'Ayda Refugee Camp, north of 
Bethlehem, for a demonstration in protest to the death of prisoner 
Arafat Jaradat inside Israeli jails, and in solidarity with prisoners on 
hunger strike. The demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at 
the Israeli soldiers stationed at Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque "Rachel's 
Tomb." Immediately, Israeli forces fired live-bullets and tear gas 
canisters at the demonstrators and the houses on the northern side of 
the camp. As a result, an 18-year-old male, from al-Dehaishah refugee 
camp, sustained a bullet wound to the right foot; he was transported to 
Beit Jala Public Hospital where his condition was described as moderate. 
According to Mohammed Yousif's, from 'Ayda Youth Center, testimony to a 
PCHR fieldworker, the Israeli forces intentionally fired tear gas 
canister at the civilian houses. As a result, a family of 6 members 
suffocated after tear gas canisters fell into their house.

At approximately 13:30, a demonstration started from Jenin, in 
solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike inside Israeli jails and 
condemnation of the death of Arafat Jaradat inside Israeli jails. The 
demonstration roamed the streets of Jenin and ended at al-Jalma 
checkpoint, separating Israel and Jenin, northeast of the city. 
Following that, a group of Palestinian youth gathered in front of the 
checkpoint, threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers and set 
rubber-tires ablaze. The soldiers closed the checkpoint and fired 
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs to 
disperse them; as a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas 
inhalation. Samih Rabah Rafiq Abul-Waffa (20) was abducted.

At approximately 15:30, dozens of Palestinian children and youngsters 
gathered at the eastern entrance of al-Khader village, south of 
Bethlehem, for a peaceful demonstration in protest to the death of 
prisoner Arafat Jaradat inside Israeli jails, and in solidarity with 
prisoners on hunger strike. A number of Israeli soldiers approached the 
demonstrators and fired live-bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs 
at them. A number of demonstrators suffocated as a result of tear gas 
inhalation.

At approximately 11:00 on Monday, 25 February 2013, a demonstration 
started from Tulkarm, in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike 
inside Israeli jails. The demonstration roamed the streets of Tulkarm 
and ended at Natania Street near Gishouri factories, southwest of the 
city. Following that, a group of Palestinian youth gathered in front of 
the checkpoint, threw rocks, empty bottles at the soldiers and set 
rubber-tires ablaze. The soldiers closed the checkpoint and fired 
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs to 
disperse them; as a result, a 17-year-old boy sustained a bullet-wound 
in his right eye; he was transported to Dr. Thabet Thabet Public 
Hospital then to Rifidia Surgical Hospital. Also, many civilians 
suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

At approximately 12:30 on Monday, 25 February 2013, dozens of Bir Zait 
University students, and Palestinian civilians from Ramallah and 
al-Bireh, gatehered for a peaceful demonstration in protest to the death 
of prisoner Arafat Jaradat inside Israeli jails, and in solidarity with 
prisoners on hunger strike. The demonstrators moved towards "Ofer" 
prison, southwest of Ramallah, in solidarity with the Palestinian 
prisoners on hunger strike. The demonstration moved towards the prison 
gate. The Israeli forces closed the gate before the demonstrators could 
enter and started shooting live fire, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear 
gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, 7 Palestinian 
civilians sustained injuries. One of them sustained a live bullet wound, 
another one was hit by a tear gas canister and the other five ones 
sustained metal-bullet wounds.

At approximately 13:30, a demonstration started from 'Ennabta village, 
east of Tulkarm, in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike inside 
Israeli jails. The demonstration roamed the streets of the village and 
ended at 'Ennab military checkpoint, established on Tulkarm -- Nablus 
road, east of Tulkarm. Following that, a group of Palestinian youth 
gathered in front of the checkpoint, threw stones, empty bottles at the 
soldiers and set rubber-tires ablaze. The soldiers closed the checkpoint 
and fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound 
bombs to disperse them; as a result, many civilians suffocated from tear 
gas inhalation.

At approximately 13:55, dozens of Palestinian children and youngsters 
gathered at the eastern entrance of 'Ayda refugee camp, north of 
Bethlehem, for a demonstration in protest to the death of prisoner 
Arafat Jaradat inside Israeli jails, and in solidarity with prisoners on 
hunger strike. The demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at 
the Israeli soldiers stationed at Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque "Rachel's 
Tomb." Immediately, Israeli forces fired live-bullets and tear gas 
canisters at the demonstrators and the houses on the northern side of 
the camp. As a result, Mohammed Khaled al-Kurdi (13) sustained two 
bullet-wounds in the right foot and back. Al-Kurdi was transported to 
Beit Jala Public Hospital; he underwent surgery and was later admitted 
to the ICU, his condition was described as stable. The clashes continued 
in the evening, and the Israeli soldiers abducted 'Odai Naif Sarhan (16) 
by the camps' cemeteries area and transported him to the Military Tower. 
The soldiers fired two bullets to his head from a very short distance. 
Afterwards, Palestinian ambulances were called. They arrived accompanied 
by Palestinian police and national security. Sarhan was transported to 
Beit Jala Public Hospital, and then to the Bethlehem Arab Society for 
Rehabilitation. Due to his critical injuries, he was transported to 
Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital where he underwent two surgeries to extract 
the bullets from his head. His condition was described as critical.

At approximately 14:25, a demonstration of school students gathered from 
the center of Taqou' village, southeast of Bethlehem, in condemnation of 
the death of prisoner Arafat Jaradat inside Israeli jails. The 
demonstration started from the western entrance of the village, which 
lead to Sa'ir village, northeast of the Hebron. Upon reaching the 
aforementioned entrance, Israeli forces, stationed there, fired tear gas 
canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, Mahmoud 
Kamel Sabah (17) sustained a bullet wound in his left foot. He was 
transported to Beit Jala Public Hospital where his condition was 
described as moderate. Also, Hussam Jamal Sabbah (17) was hit by a tear 
gas canister in the left shoulder.

At approximately 12:30 on Tuesday, 26 February 2013, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians gathered at the Martyrs Square in the center of 
Nablus and organized a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with the 
Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike inside Israeli prisons. The 
demonstrators roamed the streets of the city and headed towards Howara 
checkpoint on the southern entrance of the city. The Israeli forces 
closed the checkpoint to stop other Palestinians and journalists from 
joining the demonstrators. The demonstrators threw stones at Israeli 
forces stationed at the checkpoint, and the Israeli forces fired tear 
gas canister and sound bombs at them. As a result, many of the 
demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation. The Israeli forces also 
abducted Murad 'Issa Youssif Ghazawi (19) and transported him to an 
unknown destination.

Recommendations to the international community:

Due to the number and severity of Israeli human rights violations, the 
PCHR made several recommendations to the international community. Among 
these were a recommendation that international civil society, including 
human rights organizations, bar associations, unions and NGOs, continue 
their role in pressuring their governments to secure Israel's respect 
for human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to demand 
Israel end its attacks on Palestinian civilians.

The PCHR calls upon the international community to pressure Israel to 
lift the severe restrictions imposed by the Israeli government and its 
occupation forces on access for international organizations to the 
Occupied Palestinian Territories.

For the full text of the report, click on the link below:


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