OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report| October 6-19

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

  • The olive harvest season, which started on 7 October, was disrupted by people believed or known to be Israeli settlers in 19 incidents: 23 Palestinian farmers were injured, over 1,000 olive trees were burnt, or otherwise damaged, and large amounts of produce were stolen. In the outskirts of Burqa village (Ramallah), settlers stoned and physically assaulted Palestinian olive pickers on three occasions, triggering clashes. Israeli forces intervened in one of the clashes, injuring 14 Palestinians and leaving 30 trees burnt by tear gas canisters. The remaining injuries were recorded in farming areas near the town of Huwwara (Nablus) and the villages of Ni’lin and Beitillu (Ramallah). Next to the Israeli settlement of Mevo Dotan (Jenin), about 450 olive trees were set on fire and destroyed shortly after Palestinian farmers from Ya’bad village were attacked there by settlers and forced out by Israeli soldiers. A few hundred olive trees belonging to Palestinians from Saffa village (Ramallah), in the closed area behind the Barrier, were also set on fire and damaged. In another ten locations adjacent to settlements, farmers found that their olive trees had either been vandalized or harvested, and the produce stolen, when they were able to reach them. Several of the incidents took place in access-restricted areas, where the Israeli authorities allow Palestinians to enter two-four days during the entire harvest season.
  • Another four attacks by people believed to be settlers were recorded. A one-year-old Palestinian was injured when the car he was travelling in was hit by stones in the Bethlehem governorate. In nearby Al Khader, 40 beehives were set on fire and burnt. In the Farsiya area of the northern Jordan Valley, Palestinian shepherds were physically assaulted by a group of settlers, and one of their sheep was killed. In Jalud village (Nablus), electricity poles and cables providing power to agricultural rooms were cut and damaged.
  • The Israeli authorities announced an easing in the issuance of permits for Palestinian farmers to access their lands behind the Barrier for the olive harvest season. In a letter to an Israeli human rights group, HaMoked, the authorities indicated that those who had obtained a permit during the previous season would be automatically granted permits, which they must collect from Israeli District Coordination and Liaison (DCL) offices. This arrangement would not apply to people with ‘security objections’ raised against them. The DCL offices have been overcrowded in recent months, raising a concern about potential COVID-19 transmissions.
  • Eighty-five Palestinians, including at least 11 children, and two Israeli soldiers were injured in clashes across the West Bank (beyond the above-mentioned harvest-related incidents). The vast majority of these injuries were recorded in the refugee camps of Al Am’ari, Al Jalazoun (Ramallah), Al Arroub (Hebron), and Balata (Nablus), following search and arrest operations and stone throwing incidents. In Al Jalazoun, soldiers shot large amounts of tear gas canisters at school children, who reportedly threw stones, following which they entered the school and locked students in classrooms. Five Palestinians were injured in clashes that erupted when they were ploughing land next to Elon More settlement, which Israeli settlers had attempted to take over and establish an outpost on. The remaining injuries were recorded in other clashes or during attempts to enter Israel through breaches in the Barrier. Overall, 21 Palestinians were shot by rubber bullets and ten by live ammunition, while the remaining people were mostly treated for tear gas inhalation.
  • Israeli forces carried out 126 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 132 Palestinians across the West Bank. Half of the operations were recorded in the Jerusalem governorate, with the Al-‘Isawiya neighbourhood of East Jerusalem witnessing almost daily police activities, resulting in the arrest of 30 Palestinians, including 13 children.
  • On 16 October, a Palestinian armed group in Gaza fired a rocket towards southern Israel, hitting an open area and resulting in no injuries. On at least 30 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence, and off Gaza’s coast, apparently to enforce access restrictions, resulting in no injuries.
  • On 18 October, Israeli forces entered Gaza and bulldozed land at around 400 meters from the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, destroying several dunams of crops and irrigation systems. According to Israeli sources, the operations were purportedly aimed at destroying ‘tunnels’ dug by Palestinian armed groups for military purposes.
  • In three incidents in Area C, the Israeli authorities demolished or seized eight Palestinian-owned structures for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 12 people. Five of the structures were in two communities in the Massafer Yatta area of Hebron, which had been designated a ‘firing zone’ for Israeli military training. The remaining three were demolished in the community of Al Farisiya-Khallet Khader of the Jordan Valley on the basis of Military Order 1797, which allows for demolitions within 96 hours of the issuance of a ‘removal order.’ No incidents were recorded in East Jerusalem, where on 1 October, the Israeli authorities announced that they would suspend the demolition of inhabited homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • One Israeli was injured and nine Israeli-plated vehicles travelling inside the West Bank sustained damage when assailants alleged to be Palestinians threw stones or bottles of paint at them, according to Israeli sources.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Teen Near Ramallah

The Israeli army killed, on Sunday at dawn, a Palestinian teen who was repeatedly struck and assaulted by the soldiers, after they chased his car and opened fire at it, on the main Ramallah-Nablus road, in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian sources said the teen has been identified as Amer Abdul-Rahim Snobar, 18, from Yitma village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

They added that the soldiers fired several live rounds at the car, and then repeatedly assaulted Sobar, including hitting him with rifle-butts, inflicting serious wounds, but did not attempt to abduct him or move him to an Israeli medical center.

Palestinian medics were called to the scene and provided the seriously wounded young man with vital first aid before rushing him to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

Initial reports indicated that the young man was shot in his car, but eyewitnesses confirmed he was not injured by the bullets, but instead, all his wounds were inflicted by the soldiers who constantly assaulted him.

Dr. Ahmad al-Bitwati, the head of Ramallah Medical Complex in Ramallah, told Palestine TV that Snobar was not shot, but was constantly struck by the soldiers on the back neck, and his head, and confirmed that he died because of these serious wounds.

Al-Bitawi added that the Palestinian was already dead when the Palestinian ambulance arrived at the medical center.

On Saturday evening, the soldiers closed Beit Iksa and Qalandia roadblocks, north of Jerusalem, and prevented the Palestinians from crossing in both directions.

The soldiers searched dozens of cars and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, before the army invaded the al-Ram town, north of Jerusalem, and chased many young men.

Israeli sources quoted the army claiming that pipe bombs were hurled at the Qalandia terminal, causing no injuries or damage and that an army sapper was called to the scene.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli Colonists Install Tents On Palestinian Lands Near Salfit

Abdullah Obayya, the head of Yasuf Village Council, east of Salfit in central West Bank, stated that several illegal Israeli colonialist settlers, accompanied by soldiers, invaded Palestinian lands in the village, and installed tents.

Obayya stated that the colonists installed seven tents and mobile homes on the top of the al-Qarna mountain, in the eastern part of the village, and raised Israeli flags around the new illegal outpost.

He added that the area, which contains Palestinian olive orchards, faces the Tapuach Israeli colony, which was illegally built on private Palestinian lands.

The area around the invaded lands also contains several towers for the Jawwal Palestinian Cellular Communications Company.

There are five illegal Israeli colonies on Palestinian lands in Salfit governorate; Nehemia, Rahalim, Tapuah 1, Tapuah 2, and Ariel colonialist block.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Summon Five Others, In Bethlehem And Hebron

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Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, a Palestinian man from Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, and summoned for interrogation another young man from the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the city, in addition to summing four others from Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, broke into and searched homes before abducting Rafat Riyad Malash, 30.

They added that the soldiers also invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, and stormed the home of Bilal Mohammad al-Wahadna, 35, before summing him for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, south of Bethlehem.

In addition, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in several neighborhoods in Hebron city, before summing for interrogation four young men, identified as Fahmi Salama Jabari, Yasser Zeid, Haitham Shawar, and Mohammad al-Beetar.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli soldiers beat child to death with rifles

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli soldiers attacked a Palestinian child and beat him to death with their rifles on Sunday.

Palestine Medical Complex said Amer Abd Arrahim Sunowbar (18 years old) from the village of Yitma in southern Nablus, died of injuries that he sustained during the Israeli attack on him in the village of Turmus Ayya in Ramallah.

Local sources said Israeli soldiers chased a car, in which the child was, and beat him with their rifles, causing severe wounds. The child was taken to Palestine Medical Complex where he died later on.

The Ministry of Health said an initial examination by doctors at the complex revealed that the child has been brutally beaten in his neck.

The ministry quoted the manager of the complex, dr. Ahmad Bitawi, who said that the body of the child was taken to the hospital at 3:00 am with marks of severe beating and violence on the neck.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli forces confiscate official documents and license plate of Palestinian minister

Bireh (QNN)- The Israeli army on Sunday confiscated official documents and license plate of the head of the National Commission against the Annexation Wall, the minister Waleed Assaf.

Informed sources reported that the Israeli army confiscated documents and the license plate of the minister’s car after confiscating the car itself at Beit El military checkpoint in the North of Al Bireh.

It added that the Israeli soldiers held the car and its driver for over an hour before they released the driver and the car and confiscated books and official documents that were in the car.

The soldiers threatened the driver that they will get him into trouble if he continues to work for the minister.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israel’s supreme court extends detention of Maher Al Akhras

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Israeli supreme court rejected to release the hunger-striking administrative detainee Maher Al Akhras and renewed a previous decision to freeze his administrative detention without releasing him, reported Muhjat Al Quds institution.

The decision of the supreme court came although of concerns over Al Akhras’ critical medical condition.

The wife of Al Akhras told QNN that the Israelis denied his family the right to visit him and more guards have been deployed in front of his room at Kaplan hospital.

“The court’s rule to freeze his administrative detention doesn’t mean releasing him”, she said. “they have to release him immediately due to the deterioration in his medical condition”, she added.

“The jailers prevented Maher from seeing his children, mother, and family. We only want to see and support him.”

Maher Al Akhras has been on a hunger strike for 91 days in protest against his administrative detention without charges or trial.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Palestinian teen killed as he was harshly beaten by Israeli soldiers

The boy was chased, detained and beaten harshly to death

Palestinian teen was killed on Sunday morning after he was harshly beaten by Israeli occupation soldiers near the village of Turmus-Ayya, northeast of occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, medical sources said.

The boy was identified by Palestinian medical sources as Amer Abdul-Rahim Snobar, 17 years old.

Israeli occupation forces chased the teenager while he was driving near Turmus-Ayya, detained him and beat him up until he died.

The teenager comes from the village of Yatma, near the city of Nablus in the West Bank.

More details are coming soon…..

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Hamas: the execution of Palestinian youth by Israel expresses the Zionist terrorism

Days of Palestine – Gaza – The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas said today, Sunday, that “the execution of the occupation soldiers, of the martyr Amer Sanoub, south of Nablus, expresses one of the aspects of Zionist terrorism.”

The movement’s spokesperson Hazem Qassem added that our people’s response will be to continue their resistance and revolution, and to escalate the uprising against the occupation and settlers in the West Bank.

Read More: Palestinian youth shot and injured by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank

He indicated that this crime was encouraged by the path of normalization with the Israeli occupation, which will increase its crimes as the normalization continues.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Palestinian teenager dies after being acutely beaten by Israeli soldiers

Days of Palestine – Nablus – A Palestinian teenager was killed early today morning after he was severely beaten by Israeli occupation soldiers near the village of Turmus-Ayya, to the northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian security and medical sources.

Israeli occupation forces reportedly chased Amer Abdul-Rahim Snobar, 18, while he was driving near Turmus-Ayya, caught him and beat him up until he died. The teenager comes from the village of Yatma, near the city of Nablus in the West Bank.

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No further details regarding the deadly incident were available until the moment.

(Source / 25.10.2020)