UN report: 36 Palestinian children killed by IOF in Gaza protest


WEST BANK, PALESTINOW.COM — The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territories said that a Palestinian woman and a Palestinian boy were killed recently by Israeli forces during the Friday demonstrations near the perimeter fence in Gaza, and 528 others were injured.

According to a report released by OCHA on Israeli violations between January 1 and 14, 2019, a total of 36 Palestinian children and three women were killed by Israeli soldiers during the Gaza border protests, which started last March 2018.

On 13 January, 2019, a Palestinian man died of wounds sustained during Gaza protests in late October.

Of the people injured during the reporting period, 292 Gaza protesters were hospitalized, including 67 of them hit by live ammunition; the rest were treated in the field.

On at least 27 occasions outside of the “Great March of Return” events, Israeli forces opened fire in the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) on land and at sea in Gaza, resulting in the injury of three farmers.

On two separate incidents, Israeli naval forces detained four fishermen for a short time and confiscated two boats. On four other occasions, Israeli forces entered Gaza and carried our land-leveling and excavation operations in the vicinity of the perimeter fence.

In Jerusalem, the report pointed out that over 800 Palestinians in the Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem have pending eviction cases filed by Jewish settler organizations.

One Palestinian house was also demolished on the Jerusalem side of Qalandiya village, and residents were forced to demolish an extension of a house in Jabel al Mukaber neighborhood in the east of the holy city.

In the West Bank, 138 Palestinians, including at least 29 children, were injured by Israeli forces during multiple protests and clashes. 98 of those citizens were injured during clashes triggered by Israeli search and arrest operations in al-Bireh and Ramallah cities.

Overall, Israeli forces conducted 175 search and arrest operations in different areas of the West Bank, a two percent increase compared to the 2018 bi-weekly average.

Another 31 injuries were recorded during the protests against access restrictions and settlement expansion on Palestinian land in Kafr Qaddum (Qalqilya), Ras Karkar and Al Mughayyir (both in Ramallah).
Of the total number of injuries, 10 were caused by live ammunition, 59 by rubber bullets and 57 as a result of tear gas inhalation or direct hits by tear gas canisters, which required medical treatment.

In Area C of the West Bank, 11 Palestinian-owned structures and homes were demolished or seized on grounds of lack of building permits.

Three Palestinians were injured and more than 1,000 trees and 11 vehicles were vandalized or damaged in attacks by Israeli settlers, according to the report.

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