Latest Developments (after the reporting period)
[This section is based on initial information from different sources. Further confirmed details will be provided in the next report.]
Highlights From the Reporting Period
- On 22 August, Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian child in Zababdeh (Jenin), during a search-and-arrest operation where Israeli forces shot live ammunition and Palestinians threw explosive devices.
- On 25 August, a Palestinian man from Jaba’ (Jenin) succumbed to his wounds sustained when he was shot by Israeli forces during an operation in Jenin Refugee Camp on 3-4 July 2023. The total Palestinian death toll from that operation reached 13, marking the highest number of Palestinians killed in a single operation in the West Bank since 2005.
- On 1 September, Israeli forces raided Aqqaba (Tubas) and surrounded a Palestinian house. An exchange of fire with Palestinians ensued, and Israeli forces shot live ammunition, killing a Palestinian male bystander, and injuring another. Thirty-three additional Palestinians were injured in the same incident. According to the local community, Israeli forces used shoulder-fired explosive projectiles and arrested two people. Paramedics were prevented from tending to the wounded for over an hour and an ambulance sustained damage from rubber-coated bullets. Ten people, including six children, were displaced due to the damage caused to their homes.
So far in 2023, Israeli forces have killed 17 Palestinians in the West Bank or Israel. This already exceeds the death toll by Israeli forces in the West Bank of any whole year since 2005.
- On 30 August, Palestinian forces in the Tulkarem Refugee Camp started to remove the road obstacles set up on the road by Palestinians to block Israeli military vehicles from entering the camp. During the operation, an exchange of fire took place between the Palestinian forces and other Palestinians. A bystander was injured and later pronounced dead. Another eight people were injured during the same incident.
- On 31 August, a Palestinian man ran over people at the Maccabim Checkpoint on Raad 443 near Ramallah, killing one Israeli soldier and injuring four Israelis and a Palestinian boy, before fleeing the scene. Shortly after, Israeli forces shot and arrested him at the Ni’lin Checkpoint. Hours later, he was pronounced dead in an Israeli hospital.
- On 30 August, a Palestinian man rammed his car into Israeli soldiers staffing a checkpoint near Beit Haggai settlement (Hebron), injuring one, before being shot, injured, and arrested. Subsequently, Israeli forces closed the two main southern entrances of Hebron from Road 60, causing severe traffic congestion and delays for travelers, undermining access to livelihoods and services.
- The same day, an off-duty member of Israeli forces shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian child at a light rail station in the Al Musrara area, between East and West Jerusalem. According to Israeli sources, the child had stabbed and injured an Israeli. Subsequently, an off-duty member of the Israeli forces in civilian clothing, shot the child while he appeared to be immobilized and posing no risk, as shown in video footage. Following the incident, Israeli forces raided the child’s family home in Beit Hanina area in East Jerusalem, arresting his parents, brother and sister. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets and teargas canisters at Palestinians who had gathered near the house, resulting in 18 injuries, including four children and two women.
- In the incidents in Burqa village, Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian homes and vehicles causing damage to three vehicles. Palestinian residents threw stones and Israeli forces fired teargas canisters.
- In the incident of Qusra settlers physically assaulted and threw stones at Palestinian farmers while working on their lands, subsequently Palestinian famers threw stones and Israeli forces fired teargas canisters and rubber bullets.
- During the incident in Nablus city, Israeli forces fired live ammunition and rubber bullets, stun grenades, and teargas at Palestinians who threw stones and explosive devices. The Israeli military reported that four members of Israeli forces were injured by an explosive device.
- Another 44 Palestinian injuries were reported in two demonstrations against settlement expansion in Beit Dajan (Nablus) and settlement-related access restrictions in Kufur Qaddoum (Qalqilia).
- An additional 86 injuries occurred during 11 search-and-arrest and other operations carried out by Israeli forces across the West Bank. Two other Palestinians were injured at Israeli military checkpoints in Qalqilia city and Al-Seefer (Hebron).
- In Qalqilia, hundreds of Palestinian workers staged a demonstration, blocking Road 55 in protest against Israeli forces withdrawing buses that transported them to their workplaces inside Israel. Israeli forces fired stun grenades, teargas canisters and sound grenades injuring one of the workers.
- In Al-Seefer (Hebron), at the Beit Yatir checkpoint, Israeli forces injured a member of the Palestinian forces. Overall, 211 Palestinians were treated for teargas inhalation, 17 were shot with live ammunition, 34 were injured with rubber bullets, seven by shrapnel, one by sound grenade, and 12 were physically assaulted.
Since the beginning of the year, 722 Palestinians have been injured with live ammunition by Israeli forces in the West Bank, almost double the number in the equivalent period in 2022 (432).
- On 22 August, three members of the same family, including a woman, were injured, after a group of Israeli settlers, reportedly from Nof Nesher settlement, sprayed pepper gas, physically assaulted and tampered with their belongings in their home, in Tuba herding community of Masafer Yatta, southern Hebron.
- On 26 and 31 August, a total of five Palestinians were injured, and their vehicles sustained damage when Israeli settlers threw stones near Beit El DCO checkpoint at the entrance of Ramallah.
- On 30 August, a group of Israelis, reportedly from Maskiyot settlement and its adjacent outposts, attacked a Palestinian herder while he was grazing his livestock in Ein al Hilwa community, in the northern Jordan Valley, Tubas. Settlers used sticks to physically assault and injure the man.
- On 3 September, one Palestinian man was injured, and his vehicle sustained damage when Israeli settlers threw stones near the entrance of Majdal Bani Fadil village, southeast of Nablus.
- On 4 September, a group of Israeli settlers attacked and injured a Palestinian man and stole his donkey, in Halawh community of Masafer Yatta (Hebron).
- In addition, according to community sources, more than 350 trees and saplings were vandalized during the reporting period on Palestinian land near Israeli settlements, in five incidents, in Madama (Nablus), Tuqu’ (Bethlehem), Al Mughayyir (Ramallah), Azzun (Qalqiliya) and Ni’lin (Ramallah). Three incidents in Fer’a (Hebron), Al Baqa’a (Jerusalem), and Wadi as Seeq (Ramallah), involved settlers entering communities and causing damage to an animal shelter, parts of a water network, in addition to injuring livestock.
- Also, in two separate incidents on 29 August, and 2 September, six settlers were injured while trespassing into the Palestinian communities of Wadi As Seeq (Ramallah), and Qusra (Nablus), where stone throwing was reported between Palestinian residents and the settlers.
- In another incident on 31 August, one Israeli settler was injured and damage to property was caused by people known or believed to be Palestinians, who threw stones at Israeli vehicles travelling on West Bank roads. At least three Israeli-plated vehicles were damaged, according to Israeli sources.
- On 1 September, the remaining Palestinian household, comprising eight people, including five children, left the community following a series of settler attacks, including one on 26 August, when 13 animal troughs and other belongings were stolen by Israeli settlers.
- Earlier in July, eight households, comprising 43 people, including 25 children from the same community dismantled their homes and livelihood structures and moved to safer places. The settlement outpost was removed by Israeli authorities on 18 July but was re-established immediately afterwards and continued to be a source of violence affecting the now completely emptied herding community.
Between 2022 and 2023, about 500 people, including 267 children, left from the communities of Ras al Tin, Wadi as Seeq, Ein Samiya (all in Ramallah), Al Baqa’a (Jerusalem), Lifjim (Nablus) and Wedadie and Khirbet Bir al ‘Idd (both southern Hebron), citing settler violence and loss of access to grazing land as the primary reasons. As a result, four out of these seven communities have been entirely emptied, while only a few families remain in the others.
- Eight of the affected structures were demolished in Area C, including five agricultural related structures demolished in At Taybeh (Hebron). During the same incident a water tank was destroyed, and nine trees were uprooted.
- The remaining six structures were demolished in East Jerusalem, resulting in the displacement of two households, comprising nine people, including five children. Five out of the six demolished structures in East Jerusalem were destroyed by their owners to avoid the payment of fines to the Israeli authorities.
- Following the killing of three Israeli settlers on 19 and 21 August, in Nablus and Hebron, Israeli forces intensified movement restrictions around Nablus and Hebron City, impeding the movement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in and out of Nablus and Hebron cities.
- On 25 August, Israeli forces closed the metal gate installed at the western entrance of Husan (Bethlehem), restricting the movement of more than 7,000 Palestinians.
- On 29 August, Israeli forces closed the barrier gate of Al ‘Isawiya located on the West Bank side of the barrier. This gate is the main access point for around 100 Palestinians, forcing them to make longer detours, and hampering their access to their livelihoods and access to services.
- In the Gaza Strip, in at least 25 incidents, Israeli forces opened “warning fire” near Israel’s perimeter fence or off the coast. During these incidents, two fishermen were injured, five others were arrested, and two fishing boats were confiscated.
- On three occasions, Israeli forces conducted land levelling near the perimeter fence east of Gaza city, Khan Younis and the Middle Area. Separately, four Palestinian men were arrested by Israeli forces while attempting to cross the fence into Israel.