This Week in Palestine: Qassam Count and OCHA Weekly Report (21-27 April)

[tweetmeme] The past week was marked by a significant increase in Palestinian injuries.  There was also an increase in altercations between settlers and Palestinians, though this increase can partially be attributed to settler political protests in East Jerusalem.  During this same period (21-27 April) there were three projectiles reported to have been shot at Israel, though none landed in Israeli territory.  Like every week, the UNOCHA report can be found here and the Qassam Count can be followed here.

  • 1 Palestinian was killed and at least 49 injured (up significantly from 6 injured and none killed last week) while 2 members of the Israeli security forces were injured.  The Palestinian that was killed allegedly had ties to Hamas and died after a gun fight with Israeli forces in Beit Awwa (Hebron).  The clashes between Palestinians and security forces following the killing  resulted in 6 injured Palestinians.
  • Israeli settlers participated in a protest march against what they deemed to be ‘illegal’ Palestinian construction in the Silwan neighborhood.  Israeli security forces were deployed ahead of the march to contain counter-protesters.  29 Palestinians – mostly children – and 2 Israeli policemen were injured in clashes before the march.
  • 11 Palestinian injuries occurred during protests against in Ramallah, in Beit Ummar (Hebron), in Al Walajah (Bethlehem) and in Ni’lin and Bil’in villages (Ramallah).
  • Israeli forces conducted 94 search operations in Palestinian territory, resulting in the arrest of at least 14 Palestinians.
  • There were 9 incidents of violence, property damage or intimidation by settlers and 4 incidents of property damage inflicted by Palestinians.  All four incidents of Palestinian violence resulted in damage to automobiles.  Four Palestinians – including and 11 year-old boy – were injured in physical assaults by Israeli settlers.  Other incidents include settlers uprooting 15 olive trees and damage to 70 dunums of land caused by settler sewage.
  • Israeli authorities demolished the first Palestinian structure in East Jerusalem in nearly four months.  Additionally, 7 Palestinians were displaced after self-destructing their homes after receiving destruction notices from Israeli authorities.
  • In Gaza, 3 Palestinians and 1 international activist were injured when Israeli forces fired upon their protest of the imposed buffer-zone.  A 15 year-old boy was critically injured when the Israeli navy suck his boat with ‘warning’ shots.
  • 2 Palestinians were deported to Gaza from the West Bank for not carrying the appropriate ID cards.  While the deportations were done according to previously held laws, they are important because they occurred immediately after the IDF issued a new military order allowing the IDF to deport Palestinians within 72 hours and without a hearing.
  • 434 truckloads of goods entered Gaza last week, down 38% from the 697 truckloads the previous week.  Only 1 truckload left Gaza (cut flowers).
  • 1 million liters of industrial fuel entered Gaza this week, down from 1.8 million liters last week. The 1 million liters left the power plant working at 33% of its full capacity.  Imports of cooking gas also significantly declined (503 vs. 957 tonnes) from last week, representing merely 36% of the weekly need.  The lack of fuel continued the rolling blackouts across Gaza.

There were 2 reports of objects shot at Israel.  On 22 April, a Qassam rocket was launched at Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council in Southern Israel from Northern Gaza.  The missile landed in Gaza and there were no reports of injuries or casualties.  Also on 22 April, two Katyusha rockets were launched at the Northern city of Eilat from the Sinai peninsula (see here for more).  One exploded in the Aqaba Industrial Zone in Jordan while the other landed in Jordanian waters.  It is unknown if the rockets came from Jordan or Egypt.  No injuries or casualties were reported.

This week (21-27 April) saw an increase in general restlessness in Palestine.  Palestinian injuries were significantly higher, though, as mentioned, this is partially due to the settler march in East Jerusalem.  The 3 projectiles shot at Israel (even though none landed in Israeli territory) is an increase over last week, when nothing was shot at Israel.

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