The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued its weekly report on Israeli violations in the occupied territories, for the period between January 16 – 22, 2014, and said that the army assassinated two Palestinians, conducted 73 invasions, and continued to target the civilian population.The PCHR said that, minutes after midnight on Wednesday, January 22, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a Palestinian car on the Sikka Street, in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, killing two fighters of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad.
The two have been identified as Ahmad Mohammad Za’aneen, 21, and his cousin Mohammad Yousef Za’aneen, 21. The bodies of the two fighters were severely mutilated due to the blast.
A child identified as Salah Farid Al-Ghaff, 11, was moderately injured, and resident Ahmad Sa’ad, 22, suffered serious injuries.
The PCHR added that on January 17, two Palestinian civilians were wounded near the eastern border area of the Gaza Strip.
The two were wounded when the soldiers, stationed across the border fence, opened fire at nonviolent protesters demanding their right to enter their lands, close to the border.
On the same day, soldiers stationed across the border east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza, fired rounds of live ammunition and gas bombs, into an area close to the Shuhada Graveyard after alleging some young Palestinians tried to throw stones at them.
Soldiers also fired rounds of live ammunition and several gas bombs into Bouret Abu Samra area, in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza, also after alleging that Palestinians approached the border fence.
Furthermore, the Israeli air force carried out more than four air strikes targeting different areas in the coastal region.
The strikes targeted training centers belonging to armed resistance groups, and a farmland. Excessive damage was reported, no injuries.
On January 16, soldiers fired artillery shells into areas near the eastern border between Gaza and Israel, and a shell into the Zeitoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City.
On January 19, soldiers stationed east of Beit Hanoun fired rounds of live ammunition targeting farmers, shepherds and bird hunters, east of the Al-Qotbaniyya area.
On January 22, the army fired rounds of live ammunition into the Wady Salqa area, east of Deir Al-Balah, and into Palestinian agricultural lands, along the Al-Qarara, Al-Faraheen and Abasan Al-Kabeera towns, east of Khan Younis.
The PCHR further stated that, on January 18, Israeli navy ships fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian fishing boats in Palestinian waters, less than two nautical miles off the Gaza shore.
On January 22, the navy also opened fire, targeting Palestinian fishing boats, also less than two nautical miles off the shore, kidnapping two fishermen from Jabalia, in northern Gaza.
The boats were taken to Ashdod Port, and the fishermen were interrogated in a military base at the Erez terminal, and were released before midnight on the same day.
Furthermore, one Palestinian was kidnapped at the Erez border terminal between Gaza and Israel.
Israel continued its illegitimate siege imposed on Gaza more than seven years ago, in direct violation of International Law.
The PCHR said that Israeli military vehicles, including tanks and military bulldozers, carried out on January 18, a limited invasion into an area east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza, bulldozed and uprooted farmlands, and opened fire at random, forcing the farmers to leave.
Israeli Attacks In West Bank:
In The West Bank, the soldiers carried out 73 invasions targeting different districts, kidnapping 44 Palestinians, including 10 minors and 3 women.
Among the kidnapped is Issa Ja’bary, 50, a political leader of Hamas from Hebron, and the former minister of local government.
The PCHR said the soldiers continued to use excessive force against the civilians after violently breaking into their homes and searching them, also causing excessive property damage.
The soldiers also installed dozens of roadblocks in different parts of the occupied West Bank, stopped and searched hundreds of cars, and kidnapped eleven civilians, including five children.
Furthermore, the army continued the use of excessive force against nonviolent protests against the Annexation Wall and settlements in the occupied West Bank, wounding eight Palestinians, including a cameraman in Bil’in village near Ramallah, in Silwad, north of Ramallah, and in Kufur Qaddoum village, near Qalqilia.
In Hebron, soldiers demolished a shed used for junk recycling, a workshop and a home, while in the Northern Plains of the West Bank the soldiers removed 15 residential tents, 10 sheds, 3 kitchens and 4 portable toilets.
On January 20, the soldiers demolished a 2,900 square/meter recycling workshop, including two brick rooms used as offices, and a bedroom in the Deir Samet village, southwest of Hebron.
On the same day, soldiers demolished a 2.750 meter furniture production store, and a 2,100 square/meter office building, in Beit Awwa village, southwest of Hebron.
On January 22, the soldiers invaded various Bedouin communities, and villages, in the West Bank’s Northern Plains, removing 15 residential tents, 10 sheds, 3 kitchens, 4 portable toilets and a room made of bricks and clay.
Extremist Israeli settlers, living in illegitimate settlements which violate International Law, continued their assaults against the Palestinians.
On January 16, dozens of settlers of the Keryat Arba’ settlement, built on Palestinian lands in Hebron, attacked Palestinian farmlands in Al-Kassara area, Jabal Jales, and Khallit Abda, chanting racist slogans.
On January 17, extremist settlers of the Karmael illegal settlement, built on Palestinian lands east of Yatta, south of Hebron, attacked Palestinian orchards in Um Al-Kheir village, held dozens of Palestinian shepherds, and planted saplings in 150 Dunams of Palestinian lands.
On January 19, settlers of the Naghot illegal settlement built on Palestinian lands south of Doura village, southwest of Hebron, invaded Palestinian lands and prevented local villagers from entering it.
Full Report By PCHR