PCHR Weekly Report: “4 Killed, 32 Wounded By Israeli Fire”
By Saed Bannoura, IMEMC. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), based in the Gaza Strip, published its weekly report on Israeli violations against the Palestinians in the occupied territories, for the period between June 21 – June 27, stating that four Palestinians were killed, and 32, including one child and two women, were wounded by Israeli military fire.
The PCHR stated that the Israeli army continued its military escalation and the systematic attacks targeting the civilian population and property in the occupied territory.
It added that Israeli soldiers carried out 51 invasions into Palestinian cities, towns and refugee camps in the West Bank, and kidnapped 19 Palestinians, including six children.
Three Palestinian civilians were kidnapped by Israeli soldiers stationed at roadblocks in different parts of the West Bank.
In Jerusalem, the army ordered the demolition of five Palestinian homes in Al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan.
During the reported period, Israeli soldiers carried out numerous air strikes targeting several areas in the Gaza Strip, leading to the death of four Palestinians, including one civilian.
The air strikes caused 32 injuries among the civilians, including one child and two women. The bombardment also led to the destruction of several houses and shops.
Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank continued their systematic attacks against the Palestinians and their property and lands in the West Bank, and one resident was injured by Israeli settler fire at the entrance of a settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.
The resident, 30, was shot and seriously wounded on June 27, after a guard of the Maaleh Adumim settlement shot him in the abdomen.
The Israeli Police claimed that the resident tried to run down an Israeli police officer, and that he tried to take the gun of a guard of the settlement, “but the guard shot him before he managed to snatch the gun”.
The army also continued its attacks against the nonviolent protests against the illegal Annexation Wall and Settlements in the West Bank, and used excessive force against the protesters.
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli Navy continued its attacks and violations against Palestinian fishermen, preventing them from fishing in Palestinian territorial waters.
During the reporting period, Israeli gunboats attacked opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the northern and central Gaza Strip on two occasions. No casualties were reported, the PCHR said.
The five-year old illegal Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip continued to isolate more than 1.6 million Palestinians from the rest of the world.
Summary of Israeli Attacks In Gaza
June 22, a Palestinian resistance fighter was killed when an Israeli drove fired a missile at a number of members of the Palestinian resistance in the Al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.
On the same day, another member of the Palestinian resistance was killed and two others were wounded when an Israeli drone fired a missile at them in the northern Gaza Strip.
On 23 June 2012, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a training site of the Al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, 8 Palestinian civilians living nearby houses, including a woman and a child, sustained bruises. Additionally, 5 houses were damaged.
On the same day, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the maintenance center in Al-Saraya security compound in the center of Gaza City. As a result, 10 Palestinians, including 4 civilians, were wounded, and a number of buildings and shops were damaged.
On the same day, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a training site of the Palestinian resistance in Deir al-Balah town in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a woman, were injured and 6 houses and two cars were damaged.
Also on the same day, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a car in which a number of members of the Palestinian resistance were traveling. The missile went astray and damaged a number of nearby houses.
Another attack, also carried out on June 23, led to the death of Palestinian resistance fighter in the northern Gaza Strip when an Israeli drone fired a missile at him.
Also on June 23, a Palestinian civilian was killed and 7 civilians and two members of the Palestinian resistance were wounded, when an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a motorbike in Al-Nasser neighborhood in Gaza City.
Summary of Settlement and Settler violations
Israel continued its illegal settlement activities in the West Bank, while its settlers continued their attacks against the Palestinians, their lands and property.
The Jerusalem City Council approved the construction of 180 housing units for settlers in the illegal Armona Hanatsiv illegal settlement, south of occupied Jerusalem.
In Bethlehem, extremist settlers attacked Palestinian property leading to excessive damage.
Summary of attacks carried out against nonviolent protests
Israeli soldiers continued the use of excessive force against nonviolent protests against the Annexation Wall and settlements in the West Bank; one civilian was wounded by military fire while dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
The attacks were carried out against nonviolent protesters in in Bil’in, Ni’lin and Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, Soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian civilian and two international human rights defenders.
Soldiers further attacked the weekly nonviolent protests in Sousia, near Bethlehem, and fired tear gas bombs at the protesters leading to several injuries.