The Month in Pictures: April 2013

Tareq and Layla Issawi at their home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya two days after their son Samer signed an agreement with Israeli authorities to end his months-long hunger strike in Israeli prison, 24 April 2013.

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Two Palestinian youths were killed and hundreds of protesters in the occupied West Bank were injured in clashes with Israeli forces following the death of Maysara Abuhamdia in Israeli prison on 2 April, and in demonstrations in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

On 30 April a Palestinian man stabbed and killed an armed Israeli settler near Nablus and was subsequently shot and injured by Israeli border police, triggering reprisal attacks by settlers against Palestinians and their property.

Hundreds of trees owned by Palestinians were uprooted or damaged throughout the bank by Israeli settlers and Israeli authorities on the grounds that the trees were in an area designated as a military “firing zone.” Hundreds of Palestinians were forcibly displaced by military training exercises.

In Gaza, Israel launched air strikes and closed the commercial crossing after projectiles were fired from the territory into Israel, resulting in no injuries. The commercial crossing was also closed during Israeli holidays, resulting in a sharp decline of goods entering Gaza, including cooking gas, dairy products and fresh fruit.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Military Advocate General announced that criminal investigations would not be opened regarding several incidents that resulted in the deaths of Palestinian civilians and the destruction of civilian property during the eight-day military campaign in Gaza last November. An internal investigation by the Israeli army found that the civilian casualties were unintended collateral damage or the result of operational errors.

Above facts and figures compiled from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ weekly reports through 29 April.


Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of cousins Amer Nassar and Naji Balbisi during their funeral in Anabta village near the West Bank city of Tulkarem, 4 April. The youths were shot dead by Israeli forces during protests following the death of prisoner Maysara Abuhamdia.

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Palestinians carry a portrait of prisoner Maysara Abuhamdia during a protest in Gaza City following his death in Israeli custody, 2 April. The Palestinian leadership accused Israel of medical neglect regarding the death of Abuhamdia, who suffered from cancer.

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Palestinian police in Ramallah line up to block protesters trying to reach Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ residence during a demonstration over the death of Maysara Abuhamdia, 2 April.

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A Palestinian child displays ammunition casings collected after a day of clashes with the Israeli army in Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem, 10 April.

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Freed Palestinian prisoner Muhammad al-Taj speaks to the press at Palestine Medical Center upon his arrival to the West Bank city of Ramallah, 18 April. Al-Taj was released on humanitarian grounds as he suffers from terminal illness.

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Ibrahim Baroud celebrates his release after 27 years in Israeli prison, Jabalia refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, 8 April.

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Palestinian women carry portraits of their relatives in Israeli prisons during a rally in the village of Sair near the West Bank city of Hebron on the eve of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, 16 April.

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A Palestinian woman writes a letter to her son in Israeli prison during a protest demanding that Israel release Palestinians held without charge or trial in front of the Red Cross offices in Gaza City, 29 April.

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Photographer Mohammad al-Azza rests in the hospital the morning after being shot in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet by Israeli forces in Aida refguee camp in the West Bank town of Beit Jala, 9 April. Al-Azza underwent two surgeries to remove the bullet, which lodged in his cheek below his right eye and fractured his skull. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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A member of the Jaradat family stands in the remains of his home demolished by Israeli authorities in the al-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem, 24 April. Israeli forces demolished two other houses in the neighborhood that same day.

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Activists tear down parts of the barbed wire barrier surrounding the West Bank village of Rafat near Ofer military prison on 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day and the anniversary of the death of grassroots activist Bassem Abu Rahmah. Abu Rahmah was hit by a gas canister fired at him from close range by Israeli forces during a demonstration in Bilin village in 2009.


Palestinian demonstrators from the West Bank villages of Deir Jarir and Silwad run as Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas during a protest against settlement construction on their land, 26 April.

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Bedouins evacuate the West Bank village of Wadi al-Maleh, near the border with Jordan, 29 April. Israeli soldiers evicted several hundred Bedouins from the West Bank village after the army declared the area a live-fire training zone.

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Activists and relatives of women who were murdered by male family members protest against domestic violence in the city of Kufr Qara, 26 April. Convoys of cars drove from the cities of Lakia, al-Lydd, Ramle and Taybeh for the demonstration in the Palestinian town inside present-day Israel.

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Thousands of Palestinians citizens participate in the annual March of Return near the town of Umm al-Fahm in present-day Israel, 16 April.

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Activists pasted street photo exhibitions in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in various locations in West Jerusalem on 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.


Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas visits Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in a Ramallah, West Bank hospital, 2 April. Fayyad, who submitted a letter of resignation later in the month, was admitted to hospital the previous day with stomach pains from an abdominal infection. 

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Palestinians queue with empty gas canisters at a gas station at Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, 22 April. The Gaza Strip has been facing a gas crisis for the past two months partially due to the frequent closure of border crossings by Israel.

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A United Nations employee collects ration cards as Palestinians wait to receive food supplies inside a food distribution center in Gaza City, 10 April. The UN agency for Palestine refugees suspended operations the previous week in response to violent protests over aid cutbacks.

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Palestinian schoolchildren at a United Nations-run school in Deir Balah, central Gaza Strip, 2 April. The Gaza Education Ministry announced new policies barring men from teaching at girls’ schools and separate classes for boys and girls from the age of nine. 

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Palestinian Christians in the West Bank city of Ramallah worship on Orthodox Palm Sunday, 28 April.

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Samaritan women mourn during the funeral of 84-year-old Haroun Abu Hassan, the high priest of the ancient community, in Nablus, West Bank, 19 April.

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Runners race along the Israeli wall as hundreds of Palestinian and international athletes take part in the the inaugural Palestine Marathon in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 21 April. Runners had to complete two laps along the same route, as organizers were unable to find a single course of 42 uninterrupted kilometers under Palestinian Authority control.

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Palestinian workers herd sheep through a smuggling tunnel between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, 4 April. The Egyptian army started to destroy smuggling tunnels the previous month after a court order.

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A Physicians for Human Rights mobile clinic in Jenin refugee camp, West Bank, 6 April. PHR runs regular mobile clinics in isolated villages in the West Bank, mostly providing preliminary care and triage services by volunteer doctors, nurses and helpers.

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A Palestinian boy in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, is treated with the use of a bee sting at the clinic of Alaa Abu Ghali, a Palestinian specialized in physiotherapy turned traditional healer, 24 April.

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Rami Naffar displays fresh vegetables in his shop in Gaza City on 17 April. Naffar sells organic produce free of chemical fertilizers in his shop supervised by the Palestinian Company for Organic Agriculture.

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A Palestinian man cuts wood at a fishing boats manufacturing line in Gaza City, 18 April. Unemployed Palestinians have taken up fishing as Israel has closed the commercial crossings and prevented the import of the raw materials for many industries.

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A Palestinian woman works on a loom during the spring festival in Ramadeen village, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, 13 April.

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Palestinians celebrate during a traditional wedding party in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip, 23 April. 

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