This Week in Palestine: Qassam Count and OCHA Weekly Report (5 – 11 May)

[tweetmeme] Unsurprisingly, the violence in the West Bank continued throughout this reporting period (5-11 May). The number of inured Palestinians rose from 14 during the last period (28 April – 4 May) while 1 Israeli soldier was injured. There were no reports of fatalities. Fortunately, there were no reports of casualties or injuries in Gaza. Since the beginning of 2010, 23 Palestinians and 4 Israelis have been killed while 696 Palestinians and 78 Israelis have been injured in the West Bank and Gaza. During this reporting period, 2 rockets were shot at Israel. Like every week, the UNOCHA report can be found here and the Qassam Count can be followed here.

  • Half of the injured Palestinians (12) were harmed during four different demonstrations against settler violence and land confiscation. The other half (12) were injured during IDF search operations in Palestine. Most of the Palestinians (9) were injured when the IDF clashed with Palestinians during a search operation in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. One Israeli soldier was injured when trying to prevent Palestinian youths from throwing rocks.
  • There were five incidents of settler related violence against Palestinians, resulting in the injury of 5 people, including children of 5,9 and 12. There were numerous reports of intimidation and harassment by settlers as well, including the closure of a road and damage to an olive grove that was set ablaze. In three separate incidents, Palestinians threw stones and a Molotov cocktail at settler cars. There was one Israeli injury and damage to 1 car.
  • In Gaza, somewhat surprisingly, there were no reports of injuries to Palestinians or Israelis. Israeli forces did, however, resume air operations targeting smuggling tunnels and land leveling operations in the Israeli imposed buffer zone. Palestinians continued to protest the buffer zone, though there were no incidents.
  • To the west, Israel continued to enforce the 3 nautical mile limit on Gaza fisherman and, in two instances, fired warning shots at fishermen, forcing one boat ashore. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), the Israeli nautical blockade is severely devastating the livelihood of Palestinians on the coast. The total catch for Palestinians declined 1/3 from March last year (59.1 metric tonnes vs. 88.8 metric tonnes).
  • Israel deported 1 man to Gaza this week (the 4th this year) and a tunnel collapse took the life of 1 man.
  • 713 truckloads of imports arrived in Gaza this week, a 14 percent increase from the previous week (625). Imports of industrial fuel, though decreased slightly (1.35 million liters vs. 1.46 million liters during the previous period) and imports of cooking gas remained virtually identical (920 tonnes this period vs. 925 tonnes the previous period). The lack of industrial has allowed the power plant to operate at 43% of full capacity, resulting in rolling blackouts across the strip. Likewise, the shortage in cooking gas represents only 66% of the weekly need.

There were two reports of rockets being shot at Israel from Gaza.  This is up from last period when no projectiles were launched (though there were conflicting reports).  The first was shot at Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, but landed on the Palestinian side of the border.  The second Qassam landed south of Ashkelon.  It was the first projectile to land in Israeli territory in over a month.  There were no reports of damage or injuries.

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