This week, Israeli Occupation Forces killed four Palestinians, including two children, in the West Bank. A fifth Palestinian was pronounced clinically dead at the time this report was issued. Two Palestinian civilians, including a child, were also injured by IOF in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. On Thursday, 07 July 2005, IOF killed two Palestinians, including a child, during an incursion into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. On Friday, 08 July 2005, IOF positioned near the ‘Annexation’ Wall shot dead a Palestinian child in Beit Leqia village, southwest of Ramallah. On Wednesday, 13 July 2005, IOF killed a member of the Palestinian National Security Force and injured another during a largescale incursion into Tulkarm. The latter was later pronounced ‘clinically dead’ at the time this report was issued. On Saturday, 09 July 2005, a Palestinian child was injured by IOF in Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip.
Incursions: IOF conducted 27 military incursions into Palestinian areas in the West Bank, the widest of which was into Tulkarm on Wednesday, 13 July 2005. During these incursions, IOF raided houses and arrested 27 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children. IOF also seized six houses and transformed them into military sites. This week, IOF also arrested three Palestinian civilians while they were attempting to infiltrate into Israel to search for jobs.
Restrictions on Movement: IOF have continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT, including Jerusalem. On Wednesday, 13 July 2005, IOF imposed a comprehensive closure on the OPT, following a bombing inside Israel. In the West Bank, IOF closed all military checkpoints and erected some new ones. In the Gaza Strip, IOF closed Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing and imposed severe restrictions on the internal and external movement of Palestinian civilians.
Annexation Wall: 09 July 2005 marked the one year anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Advisory Opinion which found the Annexation Wall illegal under international law. Despite this, during the reporting period the IOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank territory. On Sunday, 10 July 2005, the Israeli government approved the route of the Wall around occupied Jerusalem. According to the Israeli plans, the Wall will isolate at least 55,000 Palestinian civilians in Jerusalem and its suburbs from the city and 3655 students from their schools. The Israeli Cabinet also ordered the accerated completion of this section of th Wall by 01 September 2005. In addition, IOF used force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli solidarity activists in protest to the construction of the Wall. Four Palestinian demonstrators were wounded by the Israeli gunfire and at least 65 other demonstrators, including an Israeli solidarity activist, sustained bruises or suffered from tear gas inhalation.
Illegal Settler Activities: Israeli settlers in breach of international humanitarian law continue to reside in the OPT and have launched a series of attacks against Palestinian civilians and property. IOF also demolished two houses in East Jerusalem for the purpose of settlement activities.