[News] 2 Palestinian civilians killed, 3 wounded by Israeli forces this week

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Fri Nov 25 13:05:06 EST 2016


  2 Palestinian civilians killed, 3 wounded by Israeli forces this week

November 25, 2016

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied 
Palestinian Territories for the week of 17 – 24 November 2016, Israeli 
forces continued their systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian 
territories. During the past week, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian 
civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 3 Palestinian civilians were 
wounded at the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip.

*Israeli attacks in the West Bank:*

Israeli forces conducted 58 incursions into Palestinian communities in 
the West Bank and 10 ones in occupied Jerusalem. 52 civilians, including 
13 children and 3 women, were abducted. Eighteen of them, including 12 
children and a woman, were abducted in occupied Jerusalem.

In the West Bank, in excessive use of lethal force, Israeli forces 
stationed at Qalandya checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied 
East Jerusalem shot a Palestinian civilian dead. Israeli forces claimed 
that he attempted to stab an Israeli security officer.

*Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:*

In the Gaza Strip, in new crime of excessive force, Israeli forces 
killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 2 others during peaceful 
protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

On the same day, a Palestinian civilian was wounded during a peaceful 
protest near the border fence, east of al-Shuja’iya neighbourhood, east 
of Gaza City.

In context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, on 18 November 
2016, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea, northwest of al-Waha shore, 
northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at 
Palestinian fishing boats. Similar attacks happened in the same area on 
19, 20 and 21 November 2016. It should be noted the fishing boats were 
sailing within 2-3 nautical miles and no casualties were reported.

*Israeli settlement activities:*

In the context of seizing houses in favour of settlement activities, on 
17 November 2016, Ateret Cohanim handed over Ghaithand Shehada families 
in Batn al-Hawa neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of the city, 
notices claiming the land on which the houses of the two families were 

Concerning targeting educational institutions in the city, on 19 
November 2016, Israeli forces raided the campus of al-Quds (Abu Dis) 
University, east of occupied Jerusalem. They damaged some contents and 
confiscated belongings of student unions during a student fair that is 
annually held by the Islamic organization in the university.

On 20 November 2016, Israeli forces distributed 12 notices to halt 
construction works for Palestinian families in Kherbet Um al-Khair, 
southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron, under the pretext of building 
without a license from the Israeli authorities.

*Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:*

Israeli troops engaged in excessive force against peaceful 
demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of 
the annexation wall

Following the Friday prayer on Friday, 18 November 2016, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights 
defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west 
of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city and Kafer 
Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, protesting against the 
annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly 
dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas 
canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive 
fields and houses. As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas 
inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

In a new crime of using lethal force, Israeli forces killed a 
Palestinian civilian while 2 others sustained moderate wounds. That 
happened when those civilians were participating in a peaceful 
demonstration, east of al-Buraij, in the central Gaza Strip, protesting 
against the Israeli violations in the West Bank.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR’s fieldworker, at 
approximately 14:30 on Friday, 18 November 2016, dozens of youngsters 
made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, 
east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. They threw stones at the 
Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers. The soldiers fired live 
bullets and tear gas canisters at the youngster in response. As a 
result, Mohammed Abu Sa’ad (25), from al-Nuseirat, sustained a live 
bullet wound to the chest (the bullet entered and exited the chest) and 
immediately died. Moreover, 2 other civilians were wounded namely 
Mohammed Subhi Arafah (28), who sustained a live bullet wound to the 
left hand, and Ali Suhail Mansour (25), who was hit with a tear gas 
canister to the head. Israeli forces also abducted Ahmed Mohammed 
al-Esawi (25) and released him the next day.

Around the same time, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence 
between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al- Sheja’eya neighbourhood, 
east of Gaza, fired live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at 
dozens of civilian young men, who made their way to Nahal Oz area, east 
of al- Nahal Oz, to participate in activities supporting Jerusalem. As a 
result, Hashem Adel Mesbah Suaidan (27) was hit with a live bullet to 
the feet. Hashem was transported via a Palestinian Red Crescent Society 
(PRCS) ambulance to al-Shiaa’ Hospital to receive medical treatment. 
Doctors classified his wound as minor.

*Recommendations to the international community:*

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 recommendation that the international 
community and the United Nations use all available means to allow the 
Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination, through 
the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the 
UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal 
mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of 

In addition, the PCHR called upon the United Nations to provide 
international protection to Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian 
Territories, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the 
Occupied Palestinian Territories, especially the Gaza Strip.

For the full text of the report, click here. 

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