29 April - 5 May 2004
This week, Israeli occupying forces have escalated violations of human rights against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). Human rights violations perpetrated by Israeli occupying forces included willful and extra-judicial killings, incursions into Palestinian areas, especially in the Gaza Strip, indiscriminate shelling and house demolitions. Israeli occupying forces have also continued to impose a tight siege on the OPTs. This week, 15 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 5 children, were killed by Israeli occupying forces. One of the children was killed by the explosion of a suspicious object of the remainders of Israeli occupying forces.
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli occupying forces conducted 12 military incursions into Palestinian areas, especially in Khan Yunis and Deir al-Balah. Eight of these incursions targeted Khan Yunis, during which 3 Palestinians, including 2 children, were killed and 79 houses were destroyed. As a result, 622 people (103) families have become homeless. On 2 May 2004, Israeli occupying forces destroyed 15 houses in al-Qarara village, north of Khan Yunis. As a result, 100 people have become homeless. Israeli occupying forces conducted 3 military incursions into Deir al-Balah and neighboring villages. During these incursions, Israeli troops killed one Palestinian, injured 15 others, including 2 journalists and a paramedic, destroyed at least 10 houses and razed large areas of Palestinian agricultural land.
In an excessive use of force, on 1 May 2004, Israeli occupying forces killed a Palestinian child and wounded another one in al-Nada housing project in the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli troops fired at a number of children who threw stones at them. Another Palestinian child died from an injury he sustained by Israeli troops two weeks ago in similar circumstances.
In the West Bank, Israeli occupying forces committed more belligerent acts against Palestinian civilians. They committed 2 extra-judicial assassinations in the Nablus district, which left 5 Palestinian alleged activists dead. Three Palestinian civilians, including an old woman, were killed during Israeli military incursions into Palestinian areas. In addition, a 10-year-old Palestinian child from Deir al-Ghosoun village, north of Tulkarm, was killed by the explosion of a suspicious object believed to be left behind by Israeli occupying forces.
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