Monday, 29 August 2011

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (18– 24 Aug. 2011)

(pic - Destruction incurred to a sewage plant belonging to the Municipality of al-Nussairat by an Israeli air strike – 19 August 2011, pchr)

IOF killed 17 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
5 of the victims are civilians, including two children and a physician.
3 workers we missing when Israeli warplanes bombarded a tunnel in Rafah.

A Palestinian resistance activist died of a previous wound in Gaza City.

14 Palestinians, including 5 children and two women, were wounded by IOF the Gaza Strip.

Israeli warplanes launched 41 air strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip.
A number of civilian buildings and 6 training sites of Palestinian resistance groups were destroyed or damaged.

IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.
A Palestinian civilian was wounded and dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

IOF conducted 27 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
Two Palestinian civilians were wounded by IOF in Hebron and Bethlehem.
IOF arrested 77 Palestinians, including a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, two journalists, academics and social figures.

Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on access of Palestinians to Jerusalem during Ramadan Month.

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

Israeli settlers set fire to two cars and bear two children near Ramallah.
Israeli settlers uprooted 52 fruitful trees in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron.

Summary

During the reporting period, IOF launched a new military offensive on the Gaza Strip, which continued for 3 days. They bombarded civilian facilities and training sites of Palestinian resistance groups, and targeted a number of activists of resistance groups. A number of Palestinian civilians, including children and women, were killed were wounded, and a number of civilian facilities were damaged. This offensive came a few hours following armed attacks in the southern Israeli city of Eilat near the Egyptian border, which left 8 Israelis and 7 attackers killed, and injured a number of other Israelis, according to Israeli media reports. more

Reports: Israel abandons plans to kill Hamas leader Ismail Haneyya after pressure from Egypt


CAIRO, (PIC)-- Israel had plans to assassinate prime minister of the government in Gaza and Hamas leader Ismail Haneyya, Egypt's Al-Ahram newspaper said Saturday.

Israel backed down on the decision after urgent intervention from Egypt upon getting word that Israel wanted to kill Haneyya over the Eilat attacks where some eight Israelis died.

The newspaper also reported, quoting what it called informed Palestinian sources, that Egyptian authorities quickly contacted Hamas in the occupied Palestinian territories to persuade it into a ceasefire with Israel.

In turn, the paper added, Hamas made efforts to persuade other Palestinian factions, the Popular Resistance Committees in particular, to uphold the ceasefire.

At the time, the PRC was planning on responding to Israeli air strikes that killed five of its leaders.

Meanwhile, Gideon Sa’ar, the Israeli Education Minister, denied the news report telling Israeli radio the news had no truth to it. more