Uprooting Palestinian Trees

And Leveling Agricultural Land

The Eight Report on Israeli Land Sweeping and Demolition of Palestinian Buildings and Facilities in the Gaza Strip

1st April – 30th June, 2002

  

  

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations

Affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists – Geneva

Member of the International Federation for Human Rights – Paris

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network

 E-mail: pchr@pchrgaza.org

web-Page: www.pchrgaza.org

 

 

 

Introduction

 For the 21st consecutive month, Israeli forces have continued to destroy civilian property, agricultural land and houses.  According to PCHR’s documentation, in the period 1st April – 30th June 2002, Israeli forces razed 1052 donums of Palestinian agricultural land and demolished 68 houses in the Gaza Strip, rendering 675 people homeless.  They also destroyed dozens of irrigation networks and water pumps that cultivated agricultural lands, as well as hundreds of beehives and farms.

From the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada until 30th June 2002, Israeli forces demolished 668 Palestinian houses, 585 completely and 102 partially in the Gaza Strip, rendering 5,725 people homeless. They have also razed 15,052 donums of land, about 12,834 of which were agricultural lands, and about 2,218 were wooded land. The areas of agricultural land razed by Israeli forces constitute 9.1% of the total area of agricultural land in the Gaza Strip (165,720 donums). 

 The destruction of hundreds of Palestinian civilian facilities, including houses, factories, workshops, agricultural land and farms, has inflicted large financial losses, which have affected, and will continue to affect, the economic, social, civil and political rights of Palestinians.

 Land leveling and property destruction carried out by the Israeli forces categorically violate the Fourth Geneva Convention.  Land leveling and property destruction carried out largely by Israeli forces are classified as collective penalties and measures of intimidation and terrorism against civilians, which are prohibited by Article 33 of the Convention that states: “No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.”[1] Land leveling and house demolitions have created wide open areas along the border with Israel, on both sides of bypass roads and near Israeli settlements and military locations, dozens  or even as much as hundreds of meters wide. This Israeli practice of creating ‘buffer zones’ is aimed at expelling the Palestinian people from these areas with the purpose of annexing the area and eventually building new illegal Jewish settlements or extending the existing illegal settlements.

 

Violations of International Humanitarian Law

 Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention provides that “any destruction of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or other public authorities, or social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.” Article 147 of the Connection considers “extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly” as a grave breach of the Convention and thus constitute a war crime.

 These unjustifiable actions also contradict the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Article 1 of the Covenant states that “in no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence,” and Article 5 does not give any state, group or person any right “to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights or freedoms recognized herein…”

 The UN Committee against Torture considered that the policies of closure and house demolition carried out by Israeli forces violate article 16 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and can never be justified.[2]   

 Israel always justifies land leveling and house demolition as military necessities, which in fact are never substantiated. According to PCHR’s investigations, land leveling and house demolition are not military necessities, rather they are penal measures against Palestinian civilians, that seek to seize more Palestinian land and create buffer zones along border area and near settlements and bypass roads.

 

Methods of Land Leveling and House and Civilian Facility Demolition

Land leveling and house demolition carried out by Israeli forces violates international humanitarian law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention. Israeli forces often raze agricultural land and demolish houses without warning and without granting Palestinian owners enough time to appeal against these actions. In the few cases where owners of houses were given short periods of time, PCHR and other human rights organization appealed against such actions. However, these appeals were rarely taken into consideration by the Israeli army, and failed to provide full protection for house owners against house demolition carried out by Israel.

 In the majority of cases, Israeli forces impose an atmosphere of terror during land leveling and house and civilian facility demolition. Israeli forces, reinforced with tanks and bulldozers, regularly encroach into targeted areas at night. They fire flash bombs and live ammunition, in an apparent attempt to call on civilians to evacuate the area. They then raze land or demolish houses, leaving civilians with no choice but to leave the area and abandon their property.

 

Cases of Land Leveling and House Demolition (1st April – 30th June 2002):

 

Saturday, 6thApril 2002

At approximately 06:00, three Israeli heavy military vehicles moved approximately 150m into al-Ja’farawi area, east of Deir al-Balah.  A tract of agricultural land was razed and two houses were demolished. Below is the list of damage inflicted by Israeli forces:

 

They a five-donum area of agricultural land planted with palms, olives and guavas, and destroyed a greenhouse, an agricultural pool, a well, two stores and a water pump, owned by Salama Nasrallah Abu ‘Amra.

-They demolished a 130 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which three families comprised of 15 people used to live, owned by Fathi Salama AbuAmra.

-They demolished a 130 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which three families comprised of 13 people used to live, owned by Salama Nasrallah AbuAmra.

 

Sunday, 7th April 2002

At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces in the vicinity of the “Dogit” settlement, north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire on Palestinian houses and farms in al-Sayafa area, which has been under strict military siege for the past few months.  Several hours later, Israeli forces ordered through loudspeakers for the 69 residents in the vicinity to gather in a specified yard near the entrance to the area, and they proceeded to detained them in cold weather until 09:00 the next day.  PCHR’s field worker in the northern Gaza Strip reported that Israeli forces searched and damaged houses.  They also razed around 70 donums of Palestinian agricultural land:

     -    They razed a 35 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and fruits and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Fares Jaber al-Ghoul.

     -    They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and guavas and destroyed an irrigation network and agricultural equipment owned by Mousa Mahmoud Jaber al-Ghoul.

     -    They razed a 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with fruits and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Jaber Mahmoud Jaber al-Ghoul.

     -    They razed a 7 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and guavas and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Muyassar Mahmoud Jaber al-Ghoul.

     -    They severely damaged a 14 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and corns and destroyed an irrigation network owned by MohammedAbdelhai Ma’ruf.

        -      They destroyed a well owned by Ya’qub Mahdi.

        -      They destroyed a well owned by Yousef al-Shanti.

 

Tuesday, 9th April 2002

At approximately 01:00, seven Israeli heavy military vehicles moved approximately 100m into al-Salam neighborhood adjacent to the Egyptian border in the south of Rafah, under the cover of intense shelling.  The incursion continued until 03:00, during which a Palestinian civilian, Helmi Mansour al-Sha’er, 44, was wounded by piece shrapnel in the face.  Israeli forces demolished a 120 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 8 persons used to live, owned by Mohammed Hassan Abu Shawish.  They destroyed electricity and water networks in the neighborhood.  They also raided a number of houses.

 At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces in a tank in the “Netzarim” settlement, south of Gaza City, fired, for no apparent reason, an artillery shell at Palestinian houses in al-Mughraqa area, approximately 400m away.  A water pump, owned by Nasser Hassan ‘Azzam and his brothers, was destroyed, cutting the water supply to their houses. 

 At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces moved more than 1,500m into the northeast of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza StripFour bulldozers escorted by tanks razed large areas of Palestinian agricultural land and established sand barriersThe operation continued until 03:00 the following dayThe following are details of the destruction by Israeli forces of Palestinian agricultural lands:

     -       They razed a 15 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ahmed Yousef Shurrab.

     -       They razed a 15 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Fadel Yousef Shurrab.

     -       They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Mohammed Yousef Shurrab.

     -       They razed a 15 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Walid Yousef Shurrab.

        -          They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Hassan Yousef Shurrab.

     -       They razed a 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Eihab Khaled Shurrab.

     -       They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by the heirs of Ahmed Helmi al-Basha.

     -       They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Yousef Mohammed al-Safadi.

     -       They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Abu Khaled al-Nakhala.

     -       They razed a 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Mohammed Ahmed Jarada.

        -          They destroyed 250 beehives owned by TawfiqAbdulrahman Wahdan.

        -          They destroyed 50 beehives owned by EyadAbdullah Wahdan

 

At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces, accompanied by an armored military bulldozer moved approximately 500m into Palestinian areas to the south of "Kfar Darom" settlement, east of Deir al-Balah.  The bulldozer demolished a 250 square-meter uninhabited house owned by 'Abed Mohammed Ja'farawi. 

 

Saturday, 13th April 2002

At approximately 09:00, two bulldozers and five tanks belonging to Israel started razing large plots of Palestinian agricultural land in the northwest of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip:

-          They razed a 13 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ghaleb Mohammed Zimmu, the heirs ofAliAbdul Rahman Zimmu and Salim Ragheb Zimmu.

-          They razed a 15 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Sa’id and Salah Jamil al-Shawa.

-               They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned Ibrahim, Jaber and ‘Abdul Wahab Hassan al-Basiuni.

-               They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Khader Basiuni al-Basiuni.

-               They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by ‘Abed Basiuni Mohammed al-Basiuni.

-               They razed a 12 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Khalil Mohammed al-Basiuni.

-               They razed a 1.5 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ahmed Mohammed al-Za’anin.

-               They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ibrahim Mohammed al-Za’anin.

-          They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned byEid Mohammed al-Za’anin.

-          They razed a 1.5 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Jamil Hassan al-Za’anin.

-          They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Bassam, Wissam and Ussama al-Za’anin.

-          They razed a 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with figs, grapes and fruits owned by Ibrahim Isma’il Abu Jarad.

-          They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with figs, grapes and fruits owned by Shawqi Mahmoud AbuOukal.

-          They razed a 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with figs, grapes and fruits owned by Suhaila MohammedObeid.

 

At the same time, Israeli forces moved approximately 300m into the north of Beit Hanoun.  They remained in the area until 05:00, during which time they razed 20 donums of agricultural land part, of a 150 donum area of land owned by Yousef ‘Abdul Nabi Abu ‘Eida, 30 donums of which had already been razed. 

 

Sunday, 14th April 2002

At approximately 15:30, Israeli forces, reinforced with two bulldozers, moved approximately 100m into al-Salam neighborhood adjacent to the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, under the cover of intense shelling.  ‘Emad Subhi Abu Ne’ma, 23, was wounded by a bullet to the right hand.  A PCHR field worker reported that the Israeli bulldozers leveled a house that was demolished in the previous week, owned by Mohammed Abu Shawish, damaging an adjacent house owned by Mahdi Siam.  They also demolished a fence of on a tract of land owned by Hani Abu Hani.

 

Thursday, 18th April 2002

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces moved approximately 300m into Palestinian controlled areas west of the “Morag” settlement in the south of Khan Yunis in the Gaza strip.  During a two hour incursion, they raided the house of Ahmed Juhaini al-Sawarka.  After leaving the house, they razed a 2 donum area of arable land, owned by Darwish al-Masri, and uprooted 20 trees in the area.  They also destroyed an irrigation network owned by al-Sawarka.  Israeli forces moved into the area again at approximately 10:00 the following day.  They once again raided al-Swarka’s house, terrifying his children. 

 

Friday, 19th April 2002

At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces in the vicinity of the “Netzarim” settlement, south of Gaza, shelled Palestinian houses in al-Mughraqa area.  Three houses were damaged:

 Two artillery shells hit a 250 square-meter, two story house, in which five families totaling 42 people live, owned by Mahmoud Mustafa al-Qassas, burning a room, cracking walls and destroying a water tank.

An artillery shell hit a 15 square-meter, partially built house, owned by Salim Hindi Abu Shalluf, leaving holes in the roof and walls.

 An artillery shell hit a 120 square-meter, one story house, in which 13 people live, owned by Selmi ‘Oudeh Abu Shalluf, damaging its façades and its furniture and wounding the owner’s four children.

 At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces raided the house of Mahmoud Khalil Abu Samra, only 20m north of the “Kfar Darom” settlement in the east of Deir al-Balah. They promptly detained Abu Samra, his wife and his two year-old child in one of the rooms.  Some Israeli soldiers took positions on the roof of the house, while others remained inside it.  They remained there for two days, keeping all the families actions under strict observation.  Much of the furniture in the house was damaged by the incursion.  Before raiding the house, Israeli forces demolished a 2 donum chicken farm, owned by Fawzi Khalil Abu Samra, only 10m away from the house. 

 

Saturday, 20th April 2002

At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces positioned near Salah al-Din Gate at the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, shelled nearby Palestinian houses.  In the meantime, Israeli bulldozers leveled a number of houses and shops that they had already demolished.  The shelling continued until 20:00, during which time 14 Palestinians, the majority of whom were children, were wounded.  A number of Palestinian houses in Block O area, Qeshta neighborhood and ‘Omar Ben al-Khattab Street were also severely damaged.  Residents of Rafah thought that a wide scale Israeli incursion must have started owing to the continued period of shelling.   Many people fled their houses during the bombardment.  Israeli forces also demolished a 350 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which two families totaling six people lived, owned by Fatema Mohammed Hassan al-Kronb.

 

Sunday, 21st April 2002

At approximately 10:15, Israeli forces, reinforced by heavy military vehicles and two bulldozers, moved into the Um al-Silk area in the south of Khan Yunis.  They razed 20 donums of Palestinian land:

     -    They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land growing potatoes and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ahmed Suleiman al-Sha’er.

     -    They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land growing peppers and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Hamdi Hussein al-Sha’er.

 

Israeli forces also uprooted 20 olive trees and demolished a 10 meter-long fence on a tract of agricultural land owned by Mohammed Mohmoud Zo’rob.  In addition they detained and proceeded to interrogate four laborers for four hours.

 

Monday, 22nd April 2002

At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land in the south of Khan Yunis, west of the “Morag” settlement:

 

     -    They razed a 3 donum area of agricultural land growing potatoes and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Hamdan Madhi.

     -    They razed a 5 donum area of agricultural land growing potatoes and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Suleiman Mohammed Madhi.

     -    They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land growing potatoes and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Samir Isma’il al-Sha’er.

 

Tuesday, 23rd April 2002

At approximately 01:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles moved approximately 1km into the east of Wadi al-Salqa village, east of Deir al-Balah, under the cover of heavy artillery shelling.  They razed large areas of farm land and some civilian buildings:

 

-               They razed a 5 donum area of Palestinian arable land and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Hammad ‘Awad Abu Meghasib.

-               They razed a 5 donum area of Palestinian arable land and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Khaled ‘Awad Abu Meghasib.

-               They razed a 3 donum area of Palestinian arable land planted with okras and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Mousa ‘Abdel Karim Abu Meghasib.  They seized his house and positionioned themselves on his roof until 16:00.  They also killed livestock in a farm adjacent to the house.

-               They razed a 3 donum area of Palestinian agricultural land growing corn and vegetable and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ziad ‘Awad Abu Meghasib.

-          They razed a 1 donum area of Palestinian agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by HammadAwad Abu Meghasib.

-          They razed a 5 donum area of Palestinian agricultural land growing corn and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ibrahim Salama Abu Jureiban. They razed a 3 donum area of Palestinian agricultural land growing corn and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Yahia Mousa Abu Jureiban.

-          They razed a 3 donum area of Palestinian agricultural land planted with citrus and palms and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Fa’eq Hussein Abu Meghasib.  They also destroyed two 30 litre water tanks.

-          They razed a 13 donum area of Palestinian agricultural land planted with almonds, olives and wheat and destroyed an irrigation network owned byAbdul Hadi and Salim Abu MeghasibThey also damaged his tractor

-          They razed a 2.5 donum area of Palestinian agricultural land and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Na’ima Hussein Abu Meghasib.

-          They razed a 4 donum area of Palestinian agricultural land growing olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Mohammed ‘Abdul Majid Abu Meghasib.  They also demolished a 60 meter-square house that served as a summer resort.

-               They destroyed a road, 2km long and 2m wide.

-               They destroyed a 30 meter long water line. 

 

Thursday, 25th April 2002

At approximately 01:00, an Israeli infantry unit, reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved approximately 1000m into Palestinian areas in the east of Deir al-Balah.  Three members of the Palestinian National Security Force were sleeping under a parasol in a nearby farm, owned by Maher al-‘Akluk.  The three security men were:

 

Ibrahim Mustafa 'Aabdin, 53;

Omar Suleiman Shehada, 22; and

Shadi Ibrahim Meziad, 20.

 

Almost immediately Israeli forces demolished the eastern fence of the farm, under the cover of shelling.  The three security men and the owner of the farm and his son tried to leave the area, but Israeli forces fired at them.  ‘Aabdin was wounded by a live bullet to the shoulder, Abu Shehada was wounded by a live bullet in the jaw, and Meziad was wounded by a live bullet to the right knee.  The owner of the farm, his son, Shehada and Meziad were able to escape, while ‘Aabdin remained in the place.  An Israeli tank moved towards him and ran over him, killing him.  PCHR’s field worker in the central Gaza Strip reported that medical sources asserted that a tank ran over ‘Aabdin and that he only received a live bullet in the shoulder.  Equipment of the farm was destroyed and all the livestock were killed by Israeli shelling.  Israeli forces withdrew from the area at 03:00.  They claimed that four Palestinians attempted to enter “Kfar Darom” settlement, east of Deir al-Balah, through greenhouses, and that Israeli forces killed them and were in possession of the bodies.  Contrary to normal procedure, however, the Palestinian Authority was not informed that any Palestinian bodies were in possession of the Israeli army.  According to eyewitnesses, the area did not witness any shooting during or before the Israeli incursion.

 At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces in a military location near Salah al-Din Gate on the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, shelled Palestinian houses near the gateThe shelling continued sporadically until 05:00Electricity was cut from the area, as an electricity transmitter was damaged by Israeli shellingA number of houses, whose residents had already left due to repeated Israeli shelling, were damaged further.

 Also that morning, Israeli forces razed a 10 donum area of Palestinian agricultural land planted with olives, palms and peppers, owned by Mohammed Saleh al-Seiqali and brothers.  The land is located near the road between “Morag” settlement and the “Gush Qatif” settlement bloc, south of Khan Yunis.  On the following day, Israeli forces surrounded the land with barbed wire, apparently to annex it to “Morag” settlement.

 

Tuesday, 30th April 2002 

At approximately 21:00, Israeli tanks positioned at the Egyptian border fired at houses in the Block O region of Rafah refugee camp.  One of the shells hit the house of Hani Abdel Jawad Hamza Abu Libda, setting it on fire.  The house, which is 280 square meters and covered by an asbestos roof, was damaged; the room of Abu Libda's sister, Fayza, 36, caught fire.  Fayza suffered burns in the arm and was taken to Yusuf Najjar hospital in Rafah for treatment before being transferred to Nasser Hopistal in Khan Yunis, where she is still being treated.  Abu Libda was injured when trying to put out the fire.

 At 23:00, after an explosion in an Israeli tank near the Rafah border crossing, Israeli forces moved approximately 300m into the al-Shouka neighborhood, approximately 500m away from the border, in the east of Rafah, under the cover of intense shelling.  Four artillery shells hit two houses of the Shalluf family, killing 2 year-old Huda Mohammed Mus’ad Shalluf, and causing severe damage.  In addition, seven members of the family were wounded and another member of the family, Samir Hamdan Shalluf, 30, was arrested.  After Israeli forces withdrew the body of 23-year-old ‘Abdullah Hamdan Shalluf was discovered on the street, deaf and dumb.  The body was distorted as Israeli tanks had run over him.  Two houses were damaged:

 Two artillery shells hit a 200 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 13 persons live, owned by Khalil Salem Zeidan Shalluf, destroying two rooms and cracking the kitchen walls.

Two artillery shells hit a 300 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which four persons live, owned by Mohammed Mus’ad Shalluf, killing his daughter, destroying two rooms and cracking walls.

 

 

Wednesday, 1st May 2002

 In the morning, Israeli forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved approximately 300m into Block “J” in Rafah refugee camp, adjacent to the Egyptian border.  Israeli forces raided two houses and arrested three Palestinians.  They also mounted the roofs of both the two houses and opened fire indiscriminately, killing two Palestinian civilians and wounding three. 

 According to PCHR’s investigation, at approximately 01:00, Israeli soldiers raided a 200 square-meter, two-story house owned by Faluji ‘Oudeh Faluji al-Agha and took position on its roof.  An Israeli bulldozer destroyed one of the house’s pillars.  At the same time, other Israeli soldiers raided a 140 square-meter, three-story house, owned by Sa’id Mohammed Hammad Barhum, and detained its 22 residents in its rooms.  They also arrested three members of the family.  Israeli snipers mounted the roofs of the two houses and opened fire, killing two Palestinian civilians.

 

Friday, 3rd May 2002

At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces, accompanied by a bulldozer, moved approximately 100m into Palestinian agricultural land, north of “Kfar Darom” settlement in the east of Deir al-Balah.  They razed a total of 25 donums of Palestinian agricultural land:

        -      A 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with palms, olives and citrus owned by Mahmoud Khalil Abu Samra was razed.

        -      A 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with palms and olives owned by Hussam Mohammed Abu Samra was razed.

     -    A 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with palms and olives owned by Kamel Radwan Abu Sha’ban was razed.

     -    A 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with palms, olives and citrus owned by Mohammed Radwan Abu Sha’ban was razed.

        -      A 6 donum area of agricultural land planted with palms and olives owned by Mohammed Ahmed Abu Samra was razed.

        -      A 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with palms and olives owned by Salwa Khalil Abu Samra was razed.

     -    A 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with palms and olives was razed and its fence owned by Zhafer al-Shawa was demolished.

 

Saturday, 4th May 2002

At approximately 24:00, Israeli forces in the vicinity of “Kfar Darom” settlement, east of Deir al-Balah, fired fletechete shells (shells that contain thousands of dart-like objects) at Palestinian houses, 100m northeast of the settlement.  Three shells fell near a 200 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 18 persons live, owned by Kamel Mahmoud Hussein al-Louh.  The house was severely damaged.  Israeli soldiers proceeded to raid and search the house.  According to PCHR’s documentation, more than 10 Palestinians were killed by these shells. 

 

Sunday, 5th May 2002

At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land north of the road leading to the “Gush Qatif” settlement block, south of Dir al-Balah:

        -      They razed a 20 donum area of agricultural land planted with guavas owned by Mohammed ‘Abdul Rahman al-Bashiti.

        -      They razed a 20 donum area of agricultural land planted with guavas owned by ‘Abdul Qader Nazhir Abu Houli.

 

Tuesday, 7th May 2002

At approximately 01:00, nine heavy Israeli military vehicles moved approximately 100m into al-Sha’er neighborhood, adjacent to the Egyptian border, south of Rafah.  They immediately opened fire on Palestinian houses.  Residents of these houses rushed out searching for more secure hiding places.  A Palestinian civilian, Jamal Sami Salem al-Sha’er, 17, was wounded by a live bullet in the neck while trying to mount the roof of his neighbor’s house.  Soon, his brother Salem, 15, moved towards him to offer him help, but Israeli forces also fired at him wounding him with a live bullet in the back.  The two brothers bled for more than an hour as ambulances were prevented from reaching them due to intense Israeli gunfire.  The two brothers were then evacuated to hospital, but one, Jamal, was already dead and the other one was in a critical condition.  During the incursion that continued until 07:30, Israeli forces partially demolished three houses and a factory: 

           -       They demolished a bedroom, a bathroom and a pillar of a 200 square-meter house, in which 12 persons live, owned by Sami Salem Mallahi al-Sha’er, father of the aforementioned victims.

       -     They demolished three rooms of a 200 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which two families comprised of 12 persons live, owned by Fatema Isma’il Ibrahim ‘Aabdin. 

           -       They demolished external walls of a 160-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 15 persons live, owned by Fu’ad Mansour Mohammed al-Sha’er. 

           -       They demolished the walls and roof of a 400-square meter mosaic factory owned by Salah al-Din Mahmoud Jom’a.

           -       In addition, five other houses were damaged

At approximately 22:30, Israeli forces in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, shelled Palestinian houses in Khan Yunis refugee camp.  An artillery shell hit the house of Mahmoud Hamattu Huneidiq and wounded his mentally handicapped son Akram, 16, with shrapnel in the ears and hands.  In addition, water tanks on the neighbouring houses were damaged. 

 

Thursday, 9th May 2002

At approximately 01:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles, under cover of intense shelling, moved approximately 200m into al-Brazil neighborhood adjacent to the Egyptian border, south of Rafah.  The incursion continued until 07:30, during which Israeli forces partially demolished three Palestinian houses and completed the demolition of two other houses that had been partially demolished on 2nd May:

        -      They demolished four rooms and a fence, uprooted eight olive tress and damaged electrical sets in a 200 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house in which 13 people live, owned by Fatema Khalil Ibrahim al-Natur.

        -      They demolished a room, the kitchen and the fence of a 200 square-meter, two-story house in which 12 people live, owned by Nazhmi Mahmoud Salama al-Houli.

     -    They demolished a room and the kitchen of a 200 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house in which eight people live, owned by Khalil Yousef al-‘Ennabi.

        -      They completed the demolition of a 250 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house in which 18 people used to live, owned by Mohammed and Ziad Hussein Ahmed ‘Arafat.

        -      They completed the demolition of a 250 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house in which four people used to live, owned by Yousef Mohammed Dhib Abu Jarad.

 

A PCHR field worker in Rafah reported that fire broke out due to Israeli shelling near a house, terrifying residents.  No casualties were reported.

 

Sunday, 12th May 2002

In the afternoon, Israeli forces moved approximately 400m into al-Qutbania area in the east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza stripThey razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land:

 

-          They razed a 6 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Mohammed Mohammed Mahoud al-Masri and sons.

-          They razed a 6 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned byAbdul Rahman MohammedAbdul Rahman Hweihi.

-          They razed a 6 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Isma’il Mohammed ‘Abdul Rahman Hweihi.

-          They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ahmed MohammedAbdul Rahman Hweihi.

-          They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and olives owned byAbdul Rahman TawfiqAbdul Hadi Hamad.

-               They razed a 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Mousa Tawfiq ‘Abdul Hadi Hamad.

-               They razed a 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Mohammed Mahmoud Mohammed Shabat.

-          They razed a 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned byOudeh Mohammed Mahmoud Shabat.

-          They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Shehda MustafaAbdul Rahman Shabat.

-          They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Isma’il Mustafa ‘Abdul Rahman Hamad.

 

A PCHR field worker reported that Israeli occupying forces damaged a 12 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives owned by the family of Hamad.

 

Monday, 13th May 2002

At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved approximately 200m into ‘Abasan village near the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, east of Khan Yunis.  They demolished a 1200 square-meter bird farm, owned by al-Wafa Company and managed by Majed Mahmoud Mansour Abu Samra.  Losses were estimated at US$70,000. 

 

Tuesday, 14th May 2002

At approximately 04:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles under cover of intense shelling moved approximately 300m into al-Salam neighborhood adjacent to the Egyptian border, south of Rafah.  During this incursion, which continued until 07:00, Israeli forces demolished one house and partially destroyed two others:

     -    They totally demolished a 150 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which seven people used to live, and uprooted 30 trees around the house, owned by Mahmoud Ahmed Hussein al-Sha’er.

     -    They partially demolished a 180 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which six people live, owned by Saleh Hussein Hassan al-Sha’er.

     -    They partially demolished a 140 square-meter, one-story house, in which 11 people live, owned by MohammedAli Hamdan Qeshta.

     -    Israeli forces detained residents of the third house in one room and stole a mobile phoneThey also uprooted 14 trees surrounding the houseIn addition, two Palestinian civilians were wounded by the Israeli shelling.  Electricity was cut from most of Rafah after an electricity transmitter was hit by Israeli shelling.

        -      At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces razed a 60 donum area of Palestinian agricultural land owned by the heirs of Ibrahim Mohammed Ibrahim Zo’rob in al-Mawasi area in Rafah.  They uprooted 300 olive trees and demolished a 50 square meter resort and two water pumps.

 

Wednesday, 15th May 2002

 At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved approximately 500m into Gizan al-Najjar area in the south of Khan YunisThey raided four houses of the Abu Nemer family and forced their residents out.  They searched these houses and arrested 45-year-old Kamel Salem ‘Atteya Abu Nemer, a policeman. 

At approximately 04:00, Israeli occupation forces moved approximately 200m into al-Salam neighborhood adjacent to the Egyptian border, south of RafahThey demolished three Palestinian houses with their contents inside:

       -    A 160 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which seven people used to live, owned by Mahdi Mohammed Hassan Teilakh;

       -    A 170 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which four people used to live, owned by Majed Eshteiwi Abu Sanjar; and

           -      A 120 square-meter, one-story house, in which two people used to live, owned by Nazhem Eshteiwi Abu Sanjar.

 

Israeli forces demolished two fences of two tracts of land owned by the family of Abu Jazar and damaged three other housesThey also attacked a pregnant woman, Salwa Nafe’ Abu Teilakh, 32, bringing about the death of her unborn child. 

At approximately 22:00, two Israeli helicopter gunships opened fire at al-Nimsawi neighborhood in the west of Khan YunisIsraeli military locations in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement shelled the neighborhood.  A Palestinian civilian, ‘Abdul Ra’ouf ‘Atta ‘Ayoush, 30, was wounded by a live bullet to the left foot while he was near his house.  Some houses were also damaged and civilians, including children, were terrified.

 

Thursday, 16th May 2002

In the morning Israeli heavy military vehicles pushed approximately 400m into a Palestinian agricultural area east of Gaza City.  They razed approximately 20 donums of agricultural land:

-They razed a 7 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives owned byAamer Suleiman Helles.

-They razed an 8 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives owned byAbdul Raziq Habib.

-They razed a 5.5 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives owned by Sha’ban Ibrahim Khalil Quta

 

At approximately 20:30, Israeli forces in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip, shelled al-Nimsawi neighborhood in the southwest of the town.  Four flats in an apartment building of al-Farra Company were damaged:

        -      An artillery shell hit the kitchen of a 150 square-meter flat, in which 4 people live, owned by ‘Abdul Hadi Mohammed Shahin.

     -    Windows and walls of a 120 square-meter flat, in which 10 people live, owned byEssam Mahmoud Fayadh, were damaged.

        -      Windows and walls of a 120 square-meter flat, in which 4 people live, owned by Jamal Hashem Shublaq, were damaged.

     -    Windows and furniture of a 120 square-meter flat, in which 6 people live, owned by Maher Rajab al-Ghamri, were damaged.

 

Friday, 17th May 2002

At approximately 22:30, Israeli forces in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, shelled al-Nimsawi neighborhood in the southwest of the town.  Two flats in an apartment building of al-Farra Company were damaged:

       -     Windows and walls of a 120 square-meter flat, in which 6 people live, owned by Mohammed Ibrahim al-SheikhEid, were damaged.

       -     Windows and walls of a 120 square-meter flat, in which 2 people live, owned by Mousa Mahmoud Abu Nemer, were damaged.

 

Sunday, 19th May 2002

At approximately 12:30, Israeli forces moved approximately 300m west of a settler road linking between al-Mentar crossing and al-Shuhada’ junction, south of Gaza, bulldozing seven greenhouses planted with vegetables, owned by Ghazi Hajji.

 

Monday, 20th May 2002

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, shelled al-Nimsawi neighborhood in the southwest of the town.  Fifteen artillery shells fell on the yard of apartment buildings of al-Farra Company.  A number of nearby houses were damaged, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces coming from “Kfar Darom” settlement moved approximately 200m into Palestinian agricultural land in the east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza strip.  They razed several areas of agricultural land:

     -    They razed a 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and palms and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Mohammed Ahmed Baraka and sons.

     -    They razed a 1.5 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and palms and destroyed an agricultural pool and a water pump, owned by Mohammed Jaber Suleiman Baraka.

        -      They demolished two rooms that served as agricultural stores and destroyed an agricultural pool and a water pump owned by Jamil Jaber Baraka.

        -      They demolished the fence of a house owned by Fadhel Yousef al-Qaedra.

     -    They destroyed a 200 meter-long water pipeline, a sprinkler and agricultural tools owned by ‘Othman Salama Baraka.

 

Tuesday, 21st May 2002

At approximately 04:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles moved approximately 1km into Gaza Valley village in the southeast of Gaza.  They demolished a 200 square-meter site used by the Palestinian Military Intelligence Service, and razed a 500 square-meter area of agricultural land planted with olives owned by Moussa Arafat, head of the Military Intelligence Service.  Israeli forces also destroyed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with tomatoes, owned by Jihad Ghazi Hajji.

At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces moved approximately 50m into al-Mughraqa village in the south of Gaza.  They demolished a 120 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 10 people used to live, owned by Fayez Salim al-Khurati.  An adjacent house owned by Nazhmi ‘Ali Abu Khubeiza was damaged  At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved approximately 700m into al-Mughraqa village, south of Gaza CityThey raided and searched Palestinian housesThey razed 200m of the road leading to the villageThey also demolished two houses:

        -          A 180 square-meter, two-story house, owned by Suhail Qudus al-Weheidi; and

        -          A 200 square-meter, two-story house owned by Musallam Mohammed Mutawe’. 

        -          Owners of the two houses received notices by Israeli forces that their houses would be demolished one month ago, but PCHR was able to stop the demolition after obtaining a decision from the Israeli High Court. 

 

Wednesday, 22nd May 2002

Around 09:30-10:30, Israeli forces positioned at the eastern border of the Gaza Strip shelled the east of Jabalya.  A Palestinian farmer, ‘Alla’ Isma’il Habib, 32, from al-Shojaeya neighborhood, was wounded by shrapnel in the right arm.  A cattle farm of al-Sakhra Association was severely damaged and some cows were killed.

 

Thursday, 23rd May 2002

 At approximately 01:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles, covered by intense shelling, moved approximately 300m into Qaeshta neighborhood and Block O area adjacent to the Egyptian border, south of Rafah in the Gaza strip.  During this incursion, which continued until 03:00, Israeli forces destroyed 22 stores owned by the Qeshta family. They also severely damaged five houses:

        -          Furniture and electrical sets of a 150 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 8 people live, owned by ‘Abdullah Musbah Mowafi, were severely damaged

        -          Israeli forces destroyed the fence of a 200 square-meter, one-story house, in which 15 people live, owned by Ashraf ‘Abdul Karim Suleiman Qaeshta.  Three pillars of the house were cracked.

        -          Israeli forces destroyed the fence of a 180-square-meter, one-story house, in which 8 people live, owned by Sa’id Mahmoud Hamad Qeshta.  Three pillars of the house cracked.

     -       Pillars of a 300 square-meter, three-story, in which 15 people live, owned by Yousef Mohammed Mahmoud Qeshta.

        -          Israeli forces destroyed the fence and a room of a 180 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which one person live, owned by Suhaila Suleiman ‘Abdul Hadi Qeshta. 

 

Friday, 24th May 2002

At approximately 01:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles, covered by intense shelling, moved approximately 1,200m into al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza, coming from a settler road linking al-Shuhada’ junction and al-Mentar crossing, east of the city.  At approximately 03:15, Israeli forces planted bombs in a lathe workshop owned by Ahmed Ibrahim Mahmoud ‘Aashour and destroyed it.  Two houses, approximately 500m away from ‘Aashour’s workshop, were damaged:

        -      A number of windows and doors of a 400 square-meter, two-story house, in which 6 people live, owned by ‘Abed ‘Ali Mohammed Dallul, were broken.

        -      A number of windows and doors of a 400 square-meter, two-story house, in which 7 people live, owned by Mustafa ‘Ali Mohammed Dallul, were broken.

 

Sunday, 26th May 2002

At approximately 23:20, Israeli forces, accompanied by a bulldozer, coming from the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, moved approximately 400m into the east of Gaza CityImmediately, an Israeli bulldozer demolished a site used by the Palestinian National Security Force, and razed large areas of Palestinian agricultural land:

     -    It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned by Mahzhia Hassan Mohammed Muheisen.

     -    It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned by Mohammed Mohammed ‘Abdullah Muheisen.

     -    It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned by Sha’ban Mohammed ‘Abdullah Muheisen.

        -      It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned by Rebhi Hassan ‘Ali Jindia.

     -    It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned byAbdul Hadi MohammedAliAyad.

     -    It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned by Mahdi MohammedAliAyad.

     -    It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned byAli MohammedAliAyad.

     -    It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned by Hussein MansourAli Hamattu.

     -    It razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned by Rezeq MansourAli Hamattu.

     -    It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned by Mohammed Yousef Muhsen.

     -    It razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned by Farah Daoud and brothers.

     -    It razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and olives owned byAli Sa’di Hamdi Hamdi Hamattu.

        -      It razed a 1donum area of agricultural land planted with olives owned by Sa’id Yousef Ahmed al-Mughanni.

        -      It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives owned by Mahmoud Kamel Ibrahim al-Mughanni.

        -      It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives owned byAbdul Karim Ibrahim al-Mughanni.

        -      It razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives owned by Bashir Salem Daoud.

        -      It razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives owned by Mudallala Salem Muheisen.

        -      It razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables owned by Diab Yousef Ahmed al-Mughanni.

        -      It razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables owned by Salama Sa’id ‘Abdullah Jindia.

 

Sunday, 2nd June 2002

In the morning, Israeli forces, accompanied by two bulldozers, coming from the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, moved approximately 400m into the east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza StripThey razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Mahmoud Abu Nafe’.  They also leveled agricultural areas which had been already razed. 

At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces in military locations in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, shelled al-Nimsawi neighborhood in the southwest of the town.  A number of flats in al-Farra apartment buildings were severely damaged, but no casualties were reported. 

 

Monday, 3rd June 2002

At approximately 06:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles, coming from the eastern border of the Gaza Strip and covered by intense shelling, moved approximately 1,200m into al-Sumeiri area in the east of al-Qarara village, north of Khan Yunis.  They withdrew from the area around an hour later.  However, they moved back to the area at approximately 11:00 and started razing more than 50 donums of Palestinian agricultural land:

     -    They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and okras and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Mousa Mohammed Abu Fusseifes.

     -    They razed a 20 donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and destroyed an irrigation network owned by MohammedAbdul Raziq al-Astal.

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and okras and destroyed an irrigation network owned byAbdul Rahim Mousa al-Astal.

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with pastures and uprooted 10 palm trees and an olive tree owned by AhmedAli al-'Imawi.

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with okras and destroyed an irrigation network owned by SalamaAatwa al-'Imawi.

     -    They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with dates and olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned byAbdul Hamid Thabet al-Qedra

At approximately 23:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles covered by intense shelling moved approximately 100m into Zo’rob neighborhood in the southwest of Rafah, adjacent to the Egyptian border.  This incursion continued until 07:00 the next day, during which Israeli forces demolished one Palestinian house completely and six houses partially.  They also raided a number of houses and arrested four Palestinian civilians.  Upon their withdrawal from the area, Israeli forces opened fire indiscriminately.  A Palestinian civilian, Yasser Hussein ‘Abdul ‘Azziz Zo’rob, 21, were seriously wounded by two live bullets in the abdomen and the left thigh.   

Following are details of the houses that were demolished by Israeli forces:

     -    They totally demolished a 200 square-meter, asbestos-roofed uninhibited house owned by Mohammed Mahmoud Mohammed Zo’rob.

        -      They demolished the fence and walls of three rooms and destroyed the furniture of a 200 square-meter, three-story house, in which four families comprised of 16 persons live, owned by Sami Mahmoud Mohammed Zo’rob.  They also destroyed bodies of two cars and arrested the owner’s brother Mu’taz, 25.

        -      They demolished the fence, the kitchen and walls of four rooms of a 250 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which five families comprised of 20 persons live, owned by Ashraf Hussein ‘Abdul ‘Azziz Zo’rob.

        -      They demolished the fence and a room of a 150 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which six persons live, owned by Yasser HusseinAbdulAzziz Zo’rob.

     -    They demolished the fence, a room and parts of a kitchen of a 150 square-meter, two-story house, in which three families comprised of 20 persons live, owned by Khaled Mansour Dhuheir.

     -    They demolished a room and the kitchen of a 150 square-meter, one-story house, in which six persons live, owned by Ahmed MohammedAashur Dhuheir.

        -      They demolished the fence and dug into the ground of a 200 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which nine persons live, owned by MeziadAashurAbdul Hadi Dhuheir. 

A PCHR field worker in Rafah reported that Israeli forces raided and searched the house ofAbdul HadiAashurAbdul Hadi DhuheirThey held residents of the house on the first floor. Before they left the house, they arrested the owner and his two sons, Yahia, 20, and ‘Ali, 16.  The father was released alone at approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 4 June.

 

Tuesday, 4th June 2002

At approximately, 01:00 Israeli forces started digging a trench in al-Matahen area, south of Deir al-Balah, extending from al-Matahen Company, northwest of Khan Yunis, to “Aloni” military roadblock, around 100m away from the sea in the west. During digging the trench in Palestinian land already razed, Israeli forces razed three donums of Palestinian agricultural land:

        -      They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with dates and olives owned by Hassan Ahmed Al-Malliti.

     -    They razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with dates and olives owned by Yousef Mahmoud al-Salqawi

 

Thursday, 6th June 2002

At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces in military locations in the vicinity of “Gani Tal” settlement, northwest of Khan Yunis, opened fire at Palestinian houses and farms in al-Rabwat area.  No casualties were reported, but Palestinian civilians were terrified.

 

Tuesday, 11th June 2002

At approximately 01:00, 30 Israeli soldiers, moved from “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, on foot approximately 50m into Block I in Khan Yunis refugee camp.  At the same time, Israeli military locations in the vicinity of the settlement, intensely shelled the area.  When the presence of Israeli soldiers in the area was noticed, a number of Palestinian resistance men came and besieged them in alleys.  Israeli soldiers attempted to have shelter in two houses, but residents of the houses did not open doors for them.  To cover their withdrawal from the area, Israeli forces in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement intensely shelled the area until 05:00.  Three Palestinian civilians were wounded.  In addition, a number of houses were damaged:

-A 180 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 20 persons live, owned by Yousef Ahmed al-Ghamri.

-A 150 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 20 persons live, owned by Kamal Kamel Abu Rezeq.

-A 230 square-meter, two-story house, in which 10 persons live, owned by Jam’aan Mahmoud Huneideq.

-A 170 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 9 persons live, owned by Mustafa Mahmoud Huneideq.

-A 170 square-meter, three-story house, in which 7 persons live, owned by Na’im Sha’ban al-Batash. 

Two flats owned by the family of Abu Shuqeir.

 

Thursday, 13th June 2002

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved approximately 150m into Tabba 86 area in al-Qarara village, north of Khan YunisThey raided the house of Salah Suleiman Abu Zhaher, destroying its doors and detaining a 14 member family in one room.  Many Israeli soldiers ascended atop of the house.  The asbestos roof of the house collapsed and some Israeli soldiers fell inside the house.  In a violent reaction, Israeli soldiers severely beat two members of the family: Eyad, 23, and ‘Arafat, 17.  The former sustained serious bruises throughout the body and was moved to hospital.  Israeli forces searched and damaged the house before they left it at approximately 04:00.  A number of houses were also damaged. 

At the same time, Israeli forces moved approximately 900m into Abasan village, east of Khan YunisIsraeli bulldozers leveled areas of agricultural land that were razed month and razed new areas:

        -      They razed an 8 donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Hafezh ‘Abdullah Qudeih. 

        -      They razed a 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with figs and watermelons and destroyed an irrigation network owned Ramzi Mohammed al-Bureim.

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Mahmoud Shehda Qudeih

At approximately 02:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles, accompanied by police dogs, moved approximately 300m into Uraiba area in the northwest of RafahThey raided a 4-story house, in which 20 persons live, owned by Khader Mohammed Mahmoud Dahliz, 52They searched the houses and damaged furnitureSome Israeli soldiers fired at walls of the house from the outside, terrifying its residentsIsraeli forces then arrested the house’s owner and his five sons: Nizar, 26; Bashir, 30; Mohammed, 24; Nadi, 21; and Naji, 18.  According to the housewife, after Israeli forces had withdrawn from the area, she discovered that they had stolen two mobile phones, 1500 JD, and a golden necklace from the house. 

At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces, accompanied by a military armored bulldozer moved approximately 500m into Tallat Hamada area, north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza StripThey bulldozed three greenhouses planted with vegetables owned byOmar Ibrahim HamadaIsraeli forces also raided and searched a house owned by Sa’id al-Da’our.

At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces in military locations in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, shelled Khan Yunis refugee camp.  The shelling continued sporadically for 3 hours, during which 7 Palestinian civilians were wounded.  In addition, a number of houses were severely damaged.

 

Sunday, 16th June 2002

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces in military locations in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, opened fire on Palestinian houses in Block I in Khan Yunis refugee camp.  A number of houses were damaged, but no casualties were reported. 

At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces, covered by intense shelling, moved into al-Sanati area in the east of Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis.  Until 17:00, two Israeli armored bulldozers were razing areas of agricultural land:

     -    They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and vegetables and destroyed an irrigation network owned by SuleimanAabedAbdullah Qudeih.

     -    They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and vegetables and destroyed an irrigation network owned by SalemAabedAbdullah Qudeih.

     -    They razed a 7 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by NahidhAbdullah Qudeih.

 

Monday, 17th June 2002

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces in military locations in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, shelled Palestinian houses in Khan Yunis refugee camp and al-Nimsawi neighborhood.  A building that belongs to Khan Yunis Municipality, a school, and some houses were damaged.

 

Tuesday, 18th June 2002

At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved approximately 200m into al-Mazra’a area in the east of Deir al-Balah.  They razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land:

-They razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and dates owned by Ahmed al-Tawashi.

-They razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and dates owned by Nizham al-Agha.

-They bulldozed an animal farm owned by Ahmed Abu Nusseir

 

Wednesday, 19th June 2002

At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces moved into Palestinian agricultural land, approximately 600m south of “Elli Sinai” settlement in the northern Gaza Strip.  Israeli armored military bulldozers blocked all roads leading to the area.  Israeli forces fired at Palestinian farmers to drive them away from their land.  Israeli tanks damaged parts of agricultural land owned by the families of al-‘Aalul and al-Shambari.  Israeli forces then came to the area again at approximately 17:00 and razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land:

     -    They razed an 8 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and corns owned byAbdul Razzaq al-Mashharawi and farmed byAbdullah Ramadan Ghaben.

     -    They razed a 6 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and corns owned by JamilAbdul Khaliq Kilani and farmed byOmar Ramadan Ghaben.

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and corns owned byAtteya Rajab Kilani and farmed by Ibrahim Matar Ghaben.

        -      They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with onions owned byAbdullah Mohammed Kilani.

        -      They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with grass owned by Hassan Mohammed Kilani.

        -      They razed a 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables owned by ZanaAbdul Khaliq Kilani.

        -      They razed a 15 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables owned by Sa’id Khamis Hamduna.

        -      They razed a 6 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables owned byOleyan Mousa Abu Khousa.

        -      They razed a 6 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables owned by Hassan Mousa Abu Khousa.

At approximately 21:35, two Israeli combat helicopters fired four missiles at a car maintenance workshop and a lathe, located on the ground floor of a 450 square-meter apartment building, in which 7 persons live, owned by Khaled Yousef Hamdan al-Agha, in the centre of Khan Yunis.  The 36 square-meter lathe, owned by ‘Ali Hussein Ramadan, and the 36 square-meter car maintenance workshop, owned by ‘Abdul Samad Yahia Abu Shammala, were totally destroyed.  A civilian car, owned by Fayez Mohammed Laqqan, which was parked near the two facilities was totally destroyed, and a number of adjacent houses and shops were damaged.  In addition, a passing civilian, Ahmed ‘Abdul Karim Sadiq, 21, was wounded by shrapnel in the right foot.

At approximately 21:40, two Israeli combat helicopters fired two missiles at a shop of car parts in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City, owned by Sa’id Mohammed Yassin, totally destroying it and damaging a number of adjacent houses and a school.  The shop was located on the ground floor of a 170 square-meter, three-story apartment building, in which 24 persons live. 

At approximately 21:50, two Israeli combat helicopters fired three missiles at a 30 square-meter smithery in the highly-populated Jabalya refugee camp, owned by Wa’el al-Najjar and rented by Ahmed Salim Zaqul.  The smithery was totally destroyed, and a number of adjacent shops and houses were damaged.  In addition, 11 Palestinian civilians sustained bruises while escaping from the area. 

 

Thursday, 20th June 2002

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles and a bulldozer, moved approximately 300m into Wadi al-Salqa village, east of Deir al-BalahThey imposed a strict siege on the villageIsraeli soldiers, totalling 250 in all, raided houses and arrested more than 20 Palestinian young men.  The young men were taken to an Israeli military location at the eastern border of the Gaza Strip.  They were interrogated and later they were released.  During this incursion, Israeli forces razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land and damaged a number of houses:

       -  They razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with dates and olives owned by ‘Othman ‘Eteiwi Abu Sha’ar.

           -   They razed a 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and okras owned by RabahAwad al-Sumeiri.

       -  They demolished a wall of a 160 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house owned by Hammad ‘Abdul Raziq Abu Sha’ar.

           -   They demolished a 25 meter-long fence of a house owned by Modallala Harb al-Kurd.

           -   Israeli forces also seized areas of agricultural land:

           -   A 10 donum area of agricultural land owned by Jom’a Rezeq Abu Sha’ar.

           -   A 6 donum area of agricultural land owned by Riadh al-Agha.

           -   A 7 donum area of agricultural land owned by Jomei’an Salama al-Sumeiri.

 

Friday, 21st June 2002

At approximately 06:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles coming from “Netzarim” settlement, moved approximately 500m into Sheikh ‘Ejlin area in the south of Gaza City.  Israeli bulldozers razed approximately 60 donums of Palestinian agricultural land and demolished a site of the Palestinian National Security Force.  They also leveled all sand barriers making the area clear for Israeli military observation towers surrounding the aforementioned settlement.  At approximately 09:00, Palestinian farmers hurried toward their lands to check what happened.  An Israeli tank that was passing on the coastal road opened fire at them.  ‘Abdul Samad Hashem Mohammed Shamallakh, 10, was critically wounded by a heavy caliber bullet in the head while he was with his cousins on their razed land.  The child was evacuated in an ambulance but he died of his wound on the way to hospital.  Israeli forces also beat and insulted a number of Palestinian farmers.

 

Following are details of the destruction in the area caused by Israeli forces:

        -      They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with figs and cucumbers, destroyed an irrigation network and demolished a 120 square-meter building that contained a well and store of agricultural tools, owned by Musbah Ibrahim Shamallakh.

        -      They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs owned byEid Ahmed Shamallakh.

     -    They razed a 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs owned by HamdanOmran Ahmed Shamallakh.

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs and destroyed a well owned byAbdul Qader Ahmed al-‘Awawda.

     -    They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes, figs and vegetables owned byAbdulAzziz Ahmed al-‘Awawda.

     -    They razed a 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes, figs and vegetables owned byOuda Ahmed al-‘Awawda.

     -    They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with guavas and figs owned byAbdul Malek Ahmed al-‘Awawda.

     -    They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives, figs and vegetables owned by Shehada Ahmed al-‘Awawda.

        -      They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables owned by Jawad Ahmed al-‘Awawda.

     -    They razed a 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes, figs and vegetables owned by Rushdi Yousef al-‘Awawda.

     -    They razed an 8 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes, figs and vegetables owned by Shehda Suleiman Shamallakh.

        -      They razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs owned by Sa’di Ibrahim Shamallakh.

        -      They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs owned by Farhana Shamallakh.

     -    They razed a 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs owned by MousaAbdul Hadi Shamallakh.

     -    They razed a 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs owned byAbdul WahabAbdullah Shamallakh and brothers.

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with cucumbers and peppers owned by Hashem Mohammed Shamallakh.

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with cucumbers and peppers owned by Nabih Mohammed Shamallakh.

        -      They razed a 600 square-meter area of agricultural land planted with grapes owned by Samih Ja’rur.

        -      They severely damaged a 620 square-meter bird farm owned by Ishaq ‘Ali Shamallakh. 

 

Sunday, 23rd June 2002

At approximately 07:45, Israeli forces in military locations in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, shelled Palestinian houses in Khan Yunis refugee camp located behind Nasser Hospital.  An artillery shell hit a 250 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, approximately 900m north of the settlement, in which 27 persons live, owned by N’eman Sha’ban ‘Olwan.  The roof was destroyed and the owner’s son Mohammed, 10, was wounded by shrapnel in the head and the limbs Throughout the day, Israeli forces razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land in the north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza StripSuch Israeli actions continued sporadically until Tuesday, 25th June and were as follows:

        -      Israeli forces razed a 4 donum area on which greenhouses planted with vegetables stood owned by Nuzha Mohammed Khudeir.

        -      They razed 2 donum area on which greenhouses planted with vegetables stood owned by Subhi al-Shurafa and farmed by Hassuna Mousa Abu Khusa.

     -    They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables owned by Isma’il al-Halul and farmed by Hussein ‘Ali Tamim.

        -      They razed a 7 donum area of agricultural land planted with corns owned byOmar Rashwan

     -    They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables owned by MedhatAbdullah Abu Halubs and the heirs of his botherAwni.

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables, on which a greenhouse stood, and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Hassan Hussein al-Shaf’ei.

        -      They razed a 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Mhmoud Hussein al-Shaf’ei.

     -    They razed a 12 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables, corns and strawberries and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Mohammed DhibAbdul Dayem.

     -    They razed a 14 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and dates and destroyed an irrigation network owned by SaraAbdul Fattah al-Ramli

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and destroyed an irrigation network owned byAtteyaAbdul Qader Kilani.

     -    They razed a 6 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and destroyed an irrigation network owned by MohammedAbdul Qader Kilani.

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and destroyed an irrigation network owned byAtayaAbdul Khaliq Kilani.

     -    They razed a 10 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and destroyed an irrigation network owned byAbdul Khaliq al-Masharawi.

        -      They razed a 14 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Sha’ban Mohammed ‘Abdul Dayem.

 

Monday, 24th June 2002

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces in military locations in the vicinity of “Gani Tal” settlement, northwest of Khan Yunis, shelled al-Rabwat area and al-‘Araishia neighborhood.  Four artillery shells hit a 150 square-meter, tin-roofed house, in which 12 persons, including 5 children, reside, owned by Khalil Mustafa al-Astal.  Residents of the house survived as they left the house when the shelling began.  The house was severely damaged.  In addition, a number of houses, approximately 300m away from the aforementioned settlement, were slightly damaged.  At the same time, two Israeli armored bulldozers moved approximately 600m into the cemeteries area in the southwest of Khan Yunis.  They demolished parts of the fence of the cemeteries of al-Astal and ‘Abdul Ghafour families.  They also dug a hole into a branch road.  Israeli soldiers were deployed in the cemeteries.  They searched a number of grave rooms defiling their status.  The area is often shelled by Israeli forces, and its residents fear that Israeli forces may have planted bombs to target people who visit the area. 

 

Wednesday, 26th June 2002

At approximately 04:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles moved approximately 200m into al-Salam neighborhood adjacent to the Egyptian border in the south of Rafah.  Two houses were completely destroyed, three partially

        -They totally demolished a house owned by Mzen Hamad Abu Baker.

        -They totally demolished a house owned by Mohammed al-‘Abbadi.

        -They partially demolished 150 square-meter, one-story house, in which 9 persons live, owned by Nihad Mohammed Mustafa Abu al-So’ud.

       -They partially demolished a 150 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 5 persons live, owned by Isma’il Husni Mousa Abu al-So’ud.

       -They partially demolished a 150 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 10 persons live, owned by Saber MohammedAbdulAal.

 

Thursday, 27th June 2002

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces in military locations in the vicinity of “Gani Tal” settlement, northwest of Khan Yunis, shelled Palestinian houses and farms located approximately 300m east of the settlement.  Two artillery shells hit an animal farm owned by Khalil Mustafa al-Astal.  A number of animals were killed and the farm was severely damaged.  Approximately 5 hours later, Israeli heavy military vehicles leveled areas of Palestinian agricultural land already razed, and damaged a 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with dates, and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Khadra al-Astal.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli heavy military vehicles, covered by intense shelling, moved approximately 200m into Block O in Rafah refugee camp, adjacent to the Egyptian borderThey demolished 9 Palestinian houses completely and another one partially:

     -    A 120 square-meter, 1-story house, in which 10 people used to live, owned by Naji Shehada Mohammed Abu Lebda.

     -    A 300 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 5 families comprising 30 persons used to live, owned byAbdul Qader Mohammed HusseinAwaja.

        -      A 240 square-meter, 1-story house, in which 2 families comprising 20 persons used to live, owned by Siham ‘Abdul Hai Abu Lebda.

     -    A 200 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 2 families comprising 8 persons used to live, owned by Medhat Mahmoud Mohammed Abu Lebda.

     -    A 140 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 2 families comprising 16 persons, owned by Khalil Mohammed Mohammed Radwan.

     -    A 200 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 3 families comprising 11 persons used to live, owned by Hania Hasan Mahmoud al-Ghoul.

     -    A 130 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 2 families comprising 14 persons used to live, owned by IbrahimAli Hussein.

     -    A 170 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 5 people used to live, owned by Ibrahim Hassan Abu ‘Anza.

     -    A 120 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 10 people used to live, owned by Samir Shehada Mohammed Abu Lebda.

     -    A 170 square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 2 families comprising 13 persons used to live, owned by YousefAbdul HadiOweida.

        -      Residents of these houses had already left them, because they were repeatedly shelled by Israeli occupying forces, especially on 27th September 2001.

        -      In the morning, Israeli forces started razing large areas of Palestinian agricultural land between Salah al-Din Street west and SultanAbdul Hamid Street east, west of Beit HanounTwo Israeli armored bulldozers, reinforced with tank and covered by intense shelling, razed these areas of landThis operation continued sporadically until Sunday morning, 30th June, during which Israeli forces razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land:

     -    They razed a 21 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Salim Ragheb Zimmu, Ghaleb Mohammed Zimmu, heirs ofAliAbdul Rahman Zimmu and heirs of Rabah Ragheb Zimmu.

     -    They razed a 35 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Sa’ad and Salah Jamil al-Shawa.

     -    They razed a 20 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Beit al-Mal Company.

        -      They razed a 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Mousa Tawfiq Hamad.

     -    They razed an 11 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Ibrahim Hassan al-Basiuni and brothers.

     -    They razed a 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Khader Basiuni al-Basiuni.

     -    They razed a 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned byEid Basiuni al-Basiuni.

     -    They razed a 3.5 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Fadhel Basiuni al-Basiuni.

     -    They razed a 4.5 donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Na’im Basiuni al-absiuni.

In addition, 21 year-old Mohammed Mahdi Nusseir from Beit Hanoun was wounded by a live bullet to the abdomen, while he was near his house, approximately 1,000m southeast of Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, and a number of houses were damaged. 

At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces in military locations in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, opened fire at al-Nimsawi neighborhood.  A Palestinian civilian, Bekhit Isma’il Bekhit Safi, 22, was wounded by shrapnel in the forehead, while he was near his house, approximately 500m away from the aforementioned settlement.  In addition, a number of houses were damaged.  

 

Friday, 28th June 2002

At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces, covered by intense shelling, moved approximately 500m into al-Satar al-Gharbi area in the northwest of Khan YunisThen, an Israeli armored military bulldozer razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land:

1.                      It razed a 7 donum area of agricultural land planted with potatoes, and 2 greenhouses planted with vegetables, and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by the heirs of YassinAli al-Astal and farmed by MahmoudAbdul Karim al-Astal.

2.                                It razed a 7 donum area of agricultural land and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by the heirs of Ahmed ‘Ali al-Astal and farmed by ‘Ali Ahmed al-Astal.

 

At approximately 12:30, Israeli forces, reinforced with 3 armored military bulldozers and covered by intense shelling, moved approximately 1,200m into the east of Khoza’a village, east of Khan Yunis. For 5 hours they razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land, including:

     -    A 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Suleiman Ahmed al-Najjar.

     -    A 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network and two 32-square-meter stores, owned by Salman Hussein al-Najjar.

     -    A 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, a 20-square-meter room and a bird farm, owned by IbrahimAwad al-Najjar.

     -    A 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Salem Hussein al-Najjar.

     -    A 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network and a bird farm, owned by Jihad Ahmed al-Najjar.

     -    A 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network and a room, owned by Jouda Ahmed al-Najjar.

     -    A 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network and a room, owned by Mohammed Ahmed al-Najjar.

     -    A 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by the heirs of Ahmed Khalil al-Najjar.

     -    A 2 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Mohammed Khalil al-Najjar.

     -    A 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by the heirs of Ibrahim Ahmed al-Najjar.

     -    A 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with dates and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Yousef Mahmoud al-Najjar.

     -    A 3 donum area of agricultural land planted with dates and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Shehda Mahmoud al-Najjar

     -    A 5 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network, owned by Jamila Mohammed al-Najjar and sisters. 

     -    A 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network and a 16-square-meter room, owned by Yousef Ibrahim al-Najjar

     -    At approximately 16:45, Israeli forces more areas of Palestinian agricultural land were razed in SheikhEjlin neighborhood in the south of Gaza City:

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned by HammadOmran Ahmed Shamallakh.

        -      They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned by Ahmed ‘Omran Ahmed Shamallakh.

     -    They razed a 4 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned by SuleimanEzzat Ahmed Shamallakh.

     -    They razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned by ZahraOmran Ahmed Shamallakh.

     -    They razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned by Hudia Omran Ahmed Shamallakh.

     -    They razed a 1 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes and figs, owned byAbdul Qader Mohammed Hamed Shamallakh.

        -      They razed a 1.5 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables, owned by Salama Shamallakh.

        -      They razed an 8 donum area of agricultural land planted with grapes, owned by Sa’ad Shamallakh.

        -      They razed a 1.5 donum area of agricultural land planted with vegetables, owned by Hashem Shamallakh.


 

 

Saturday, 29th June 2002

At approximately 22:45, Israeli forces in military locations in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, opened fire at Khan Yunis refugee camp and al-Nimsawi neighborhood.  A 200 square-meter, 2-story house, in which 12 people live, owned by Hussein ‘Ali Mahmoud Abu Shuqeir, was damaged, but no casualties were reported. 

 

Sunday, 30th June 2002

In the morning, Israeli forces destroyed the internal parts of a 2 story house, located near Ramallah Hospital, owned by ‘Abdul Hamid Mahdi.  According to eyewitnesses, the internal parts and furniture were destroyed and residents of the house became homeless.  

At approximately 07:00, Israeli heavy military vehicles moved approximately 1,000m into al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis.  They raided Palestinian houses and razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land.  According to PCHR’s investigation, Israeli forces raided four houses owned by the family of Abu Zhaher.  Residents of each house were held in one room.  Israeli forces then beat and arrested two Palestinian civilians living in these houses.  Israeli armored military bulldozers razed a 25 donum area of agricultural land planted with olives owned by Sweilem ‘Ali Salem Abu Sabet. 

 

Impacts of Land Leveling and House Demolition on Palestinian Civilians

 

The destruction of hundreds or even thousands of Palestinian civilian facilities, including houses, factories, workshops, arable land and farms, has caused large financial losses, which have affected the economic, social, civil and political rights of Palestinians. The large impact of such destruction refutes all Israeli claims regarding house demolition and land leveling. The impact of land leveling and house demolition can be summed up as follows:

1.          Approximately 10% of the total area of agricultural land in the Gaza Strip (approximately 165720 donums) has been leveled, which is considered a high percentage given the fact that the Palestinian economy is very weak.

2.          The policy of house demolition has rendered hundreds of Palestinian families homeless. Some relief agencies have provided these families with tents and the Palestinian National Authorities have provided temporary houses for some families.  Approximately 5,725 Palestinians have become homeless after their houses were demolished, despite all efforts made to provide houses for them.

3.          People whose houses have been demolished have lost their property and furniture, as Israeli forces have not given them enough time to leave their houses before demolishing them.

4.          Land leveling and demolition of houses and civilian facilities have created wide spaces along the border with Israel, on both sides of bypass roads and near Israeli settlements and military locations, dozens and even hundreds of meters wide. The Israeli practices indicates that Israeli forces aim the Palestinians from these areas in order to annex the areas and create new illegal Jewish settlements or extend the existing settlements, which remain just as illegal.

5.          The policy of land leveling and house demolition undermines economic and social development as it contributes to increasing poverty and unemployment and makes thousands of Palestinian civilians homeless.   


 

Conclusion

 Since the outbreak of al-Aqsa Intifada on 29th September 2000, Israeli forces have adopted a systematic policy of demolishing Palestinian houses and razing agricultural land in to create new facts on the ground imposed on Palestinian civilians population who are protected under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.  Israeli forces have razed areas of agricultural land and destroyed many houses and economic facilities.  The use of heavy military vehicles and the deployment of hundreds of soldiers by Israeli forces to carry out such destruction give the impression that Israeli forces are waging a compressive war on the Palestinian property.  

Since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada, Israeli forces razed approximately 15,000 donums of land, mostly agricultural land. On the whole these actions take place near Israeli military bases, settlements and bypass roads, despite the fact that settlements are illegal under Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

PCHR condemns these illegal actions carried out by Israeli forces. PCHR reiterates its call on the international community, especially the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, to take practical measures to enforce Israel’s respect for the Convention. PCHR also calls on the High Contracting Parties to activate Article 1 of the Convention, which obligates them to ensure Israel’s respect for the Convention, and to put an end to frequent attacks on civilian residents’ property.


 

 

Annexes

Annex (1)

Houses totally or partially demolished by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip

1 April – 30 June 2002

 

No.

Date

Owner

Number of residents

Locations

Area in square meters

1

06/04/02

Fathi Salma Abu ‘Amra

15

Al-Ja’farawi, Deir al-Balah

130, asbestos roofed

2

06/04/02

Salama Nasrallah Abu ‘Amra

13

Al-Ja’farawi, Deir al-Balah

130, asbestos roofed

3

09/04/02

Mohammed Hassan Abu Shawish

8

Al-Salam, Rafah

120, asbestos roofed

4

14/04/02

Mahdi Siam

--

Al-Salam, Rafah

Partially demolished

5

19/04/02

Mahmoud Mustafa al-Qassas

42, five families

Al-Mughraqa, Gaza

250, two floors, severe damage

6

19/04/02

Salim Hindi Abu Shallouf

Under construction

Al-Mughraqa, Gaza

150, damaged

7

19/04/02

Salma ‘Ouda Abu Shallouf

13

Al-Mughraqa, Gaza

120, damaged

8

20/04/02

Fatema Mohammed Hassan al-Kronb

6, two families

Block O, Rafah

350, asbestos roofed

9

30/04/02

Hani ‘Abdul Jawad Abu Lebda

 

Block O, Rafah

80, severely damaged

10

30/04/02

Khalil Salem Shallouf

13, two families

Al-Shouka, Rafah

200, asbestos roofed, partially destroyed

11

30/04/02

Mohammed Mosa’ad Shallouf

4

Al-Shouka, Rafah

300, asbestos roofed, partially destroyed

12

04/05/02

Kamel Mahmoud al-Louh

18, four families

Deir al-Balah

200, severely damaged

13

07/05/02

Sami Salem al-Sha’er

12

Al-Sha’er, Rafah

200, damaged

14

07/05/02

Fatema Isma’il ‘Aabdin

12, two families

Al-Sha’er, Rafah

200, damaged

15

07/05/02

Fu’ad Mansour al-Sha’er

15

Al-Sha’er, Rafah

200, partially destroyed

16

07/05/02

Mahmoud Hamattu Huneideq

 

Khan Yunis

2 floors, damaged

17

09/05/02

Fatema Khalil al-Natour

13, two families

Al-Brazil, Rafah

200, damaged

18

09/05/02

Nazhmi Mahmoud al-Houli

12, three families

Al-Brazil, Rafah

200, damaged

19

09/05/02

Khalil Yousef al-‘Ennabi

8, two families

Al-Brazil, Rafah

200, damaged

20

09/05/02

Mohammed and Ziad Farahat

18, two families

Al-Brazil, Rafah

250, damaged

21

09/05/02

Yousef Mohammed Abu Jarad

4

Al-Brazil, Rafah

250, damaged

22

14/05/02

Mahmoud Ahmed al-Sha’er

7

Al-Salam, Rafah

150, asbestos roofed, totally demolished

23

14/05/02

Saleh Hussein al-Sha’er

6

Al-Salam, Rafah

180, asbestos roofed, partially demolished

24

14/05/02

Mohammed ‘Ali Qeshta

11, two families

Al-Salam, Rafah

140, partially demolished

25

15/05/02

Mahdi Mohammed Hassan Teilah

7

Gizan al-Najjar, Khan Yunis

160, asbestos roofed, totally demolished

26

15/05/02

Majed Eshteiwi Abu Sanjar

4

Gizan al-Najjar, Khan Yunis

170, asbestos roofed, totally demolished

27

15/05/02

Nazhem Salama Abu Sanjar

2

Gizan al-Najjar, Khan Yunis

120, totally demolished

28

16/05/02

‘Abdul Hadi Mohammed Shahin

4

Al-Nimsawi, Khan Yunis

150, damaged

29

16/05/02

‘Essam Mahmoud Fayadh

10

Al-Nimsawi, Khan Yunis

120, damaged

30

16/05/02

Jamal Hisham Shublaq

4

Al-Nimsawi, Khan Yunis

120, damaged

31

16/05/02

Maher Rajab al-Ghemari

6

Al-Nimsawi, Khan Yunis

120, damaged

32

17/05/02

Mohammed Ibrahim al-Sheikh ‘Eid

6

Al-Nimsawi, Khan Yunis

120, damaged

33

17/05/02

Mousa Mahmoud Abu Nemer

2

Al-Nimsawi, Khan Yunis

120, damaged

34

21/05/02

Fayez Salim al-Khurati

10

Al-Mughraqa, Gaza

120, asbestos-roofed, partially destroyed

35

21/05/02

Nazhmi ‘Ali Abu Khubaiza

7

Al-Mughraqa, Gaza

150, asbestos-roofed, partially destroyed

36

21/05/02

Suhail Quds al-Weheidi

Uninhabited

Al-Mughraqa, Gaza

180, two floors

37

21/05/02

Rafiq Musallam Motawe’

Uninhabited

Al-Mughraqa, Gaza

200, two floors

38

23/05/02

‘Abdullah Musbah Mowafi

8

Qeshta, Rafah

150, asbestos roofed, partially demolished

39

23/05/02

Ashraf ‘Abdul Karim Qeshta and brothers

15, three families

Qeshta, Rafah

200, partially demolished

40

23/05/02

Sa’id Mahmoud Qeshta

6

Qeshta, Rafah

180, partially demolished

41

23/05/02

Yoyusef Mohammed Qeshta

15, two families

Qeshta, Rafah

300, partially demolished

42

23/05/02

Suhaila Suleiman Qeshta

1

Qeshta, Rafah

180, asbestos roofed, partially demolished

43

24/05/02

‘Abed ‘Ali Dalloul

6

Al-Zaytoun, Gaza

400, two floors, partially destroyed

44

 

Mustafa ‘Ali Dalloul

7

Al-Zaytoun, Gaza

400, two floors, partially destroyed

45

03/06/02

Mohammed Mahmoud Zo’rob

Uninhabited

Zo’rob, Rafah

200, asbestos roofed, totally destroyed

46

03/06/02

Sami Mahmoud Zo’rob

16, four families

Zo’rob, Rafah

200, three floors, partially demolished

47

03/06/02

Ashraf Hussein Zo’rob

20, five families

Zo’rob, Rafah

250, asbestos roofed, partially destroyed

48

03/06/02

Yasser Hussein Zo’rob

6

Zo’rob, Rafah

150, asbestos roofed, partially destroyed

49

03/06/02

Khaled Mansour Duheir

20, three families

Zo’rob, Rafah

200, two floors, partially demolished

50

03/06/02

Ahmed Mohammed Duheir

6

Zo’rob, Rafah

150, partially demolished

51

03/06/02

Meziad ‘Aashour Duheir

9

Zo’rob, Rafah

200, partially demolished

52

11/06/02

Yousef Ahmed al-Ghamri

20

Khan Yunis

180, asbestos roofed, damaged

53

11/06/02

Kamal Kamel Abu Rezeq

20

Khan Yunis

150, asbestos roofed, damaged

54

11/06/02

Jama’an Mahmoud Huneideq

10

Khan Yunis

230, three floors, damaged

55

11/06/02

Mustafa Mahmoud Huneideq

9

Khan Yunis

170, asbestos roofed, damaged

56

11/06/02

Na’im Sha’ban al-Tabash

7

Khan Yunis

Three floors, damaged

57

19/06/02

Ahmed Yahia Wadi

3

North Gaza

250, asbestos roofed, damaged

58

27/06/02

Naji Shehada Abu Lebda

10

Block O, Rafah

120, totally destroyed

59

27/06/02

‘Abdul Qader Mohammed ‘Awaja

30, five families

Block O, Rafah

300, asbestos roofed, totally demolished

60

27/06/02

Siham ‘Abdul Hai Abu Lebda

20, two families

Block O, Rafah

240, totally demolished

61

27/06/02

Midhat Mahmoud Abu Lebda

8, two families

Block O, Rafah

200, asbestos roofed, totally demolished

62

27/06/02

Khalil Mohammed Radwan

16, two families

Block O, Rafah

140, asbestos roofed, totally demolished

63

27/06/02

Hania Hassan al-Ghoul

11, three families

Block O, Rafah

200, asbestos roofed, totally demolished

64

27/06/02

Ibrahim ‘Ali Hussein

14, two families

Block O, Rafah

130, asbestos roofed, totally demolished

65

27/06/02

Ibrahim Hassan Abu ‘Anza

5

Block O, Rafah

170, asbestos roofed, totally demolished

66

27/06/02

Samir Shehada Abu Lebda

10

Block O, Rafah

120, asbestos roofed, totally demolished

67

27/06/02

Yousef Sa;’id ‘Oweida

13, two families

Block O, Rafah

170, asbestos roofed, totally demolished

68

29/06/02

Hussein ‘Ali Abu Shuqair

12

Al-Nimsawi, Khan Yunis

200, two floors, damaged

 


 

Annex (2)

Palestinian agricultural land razed by Israeli occupying forces in the Gaza Strip

1 April – 30 June 2002

 

Date

Owner

Area in donums

Plantation

Location

Other damage

06/04/02

Salama Nasrallah Abu ‘Amra

5

Palms, olives and guavas

Ja’farawi, Deir al-Balah

An agricultural pool, a 36-square-meter room, 2 water tanks, and a water pump were destroyed

07/04/02

Fares Jaber al-Ghoul

35

Citrus and fruits

Al-Sayafa, Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

07/04/02

Mousa Mahmoud Jaber al-Ghoul

10

Citrus and fruits

Al-Sayafa, Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

07/04/02

Moyassar Mahmoud al-Ghoul

7

Guavas

Al-Sayafa, Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

07/04/02

Mohammed ‘Abdul Hai Ma’rouf

14

Corns

Al-Sayafa, Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

07/04/02

Ya’qoub Mahdi

---

---

Al-Sayafa, Beit Lahia

A water pump was destroyed

07/04/02

Yousef al-Shanti

---

---

Al-Sayafa, Beit Lahia

A water pump was destroyed

09/04/02

Nasser Hassan ‘Azzam

---

---

Al-Mughraqa, Gaza

A water pump was destroyed

09/04/02

Ahmed Yousef Shurrab

15

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

09/04/02

Yousef Ahmed Shurrab

15

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

09/04/02

Mohammed Yousef Shurrab

10

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

09/04/02

Walid Yousef Shurrab

15

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

09/04/02

Hassan Yousef Shurrab

10

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

09/04/02

Eihab Khaled Yousef Shurrab

5

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

09/04/02

Heirs of Ahmed Helmi al-Basha

4

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

09/04/02

Abu Khaled al-Nakhala

4

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

09/04/02

Mohammed Ahmed Jarada

3

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

09/04/02

Yousef Mohammed al-Safadi

4

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

09/04/02

Tawfiq ‘Abdul Rahman Wahdan

---

---

Beit Hanoun

250 beehives were destroyed

09/04/02

Eyad ‘Abed Wahdan

---

---

Beit Hanoun

50 beehives were destroyed

13/04/02

Heirs of ‘Ali ‘Abdul Rahman Zimmu and Salim Ragheb Zimmu

13

Citrus

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/04/02

Sa’id and Salah Jamil al-Shawa

15

Citrus

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/04/02

Ibrahim Hassan Basiouni and brothers

4

Citrus

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/04/02

Khader Basiouni

10

Citrus

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/04/02

‘Abed Basiouni

10

Citrus

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/04/02

Khalil Mohammed Basiouni

12

Citrus

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/04/02

Ahmed Mohammed al-Za’anin

1.5

Citrus

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/04/02

Ibrahim Mohammed al-Za’anin

2

Citrus

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/04/02

‘Eid Mohammed al-Za’anin

4

Citrus

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/04/02

Jamil Hassan al-Za’anin

1.5

Citrus

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/04/02

Bassam Ahmed al-Za’anin and brothers

4

Citrus

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/04/02

Ibrahim Isma’il Abu Jarad

3

Grapes, figs, and fruits

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

---

13/04/02

Shawqi Mahmoud Abu ‘Oukal

4

Grapes, figs and fruits

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

---

13/04/02

Suhaila Mohammed ‘Obeid

3

Grapes, figs and fruits

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

---

13/04/02

Yousef ‘Abdul Nabi Abu ‘Eida

20

Grapes, figs and fruits

Northwest of Beit Hanoun

---

18/04/02

Darwish al-Masri

2

Vegetables

Khan Yunis

---

18/04/02

The family of al-Sawarka

---

---

Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

19/04/02

Fawzi Khalil Abu Samra

---

---

Deir al-Balah

A 2-donum bird farm was destroyed

21/04/02

Ahmed Suleiman al-Sha’er

10

Potatoes

Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

21/04/02

Hamdi Hussein al-Sha’er

10

Peppers

Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

21/04/02

Mohammed Mahmoud Zo’rob

---

---

Khan Yunis

20 olive trees were uprooted and a 10-long wall was demolished

22/04/02

Hamdan Madhi

3

Potatoes

Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

22/04/02

Suleiman Mohammed Madhi

5

Potatoes

Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

22/04/02

Samir Isma’il al-Sha’er

10

Potatoes

Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/04/02

Hammad ‘Awad Abu Meghassib

5

Corns

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/04/02

Khaled ‘Awad Abu Meghassib

5

Vegetables and corns

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/04/02

'Aabed ‘Awad Abu Meghassib

5

Vegetables and corns

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/04/02

Mousa 'Abdul Karim Abu Meghassib

3

Okras

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed and some birds and animals were killed

23/04/02

Ziad ‘Awad Abu Meghassib

3

Barley and vegetables

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/04/02

Jamal Mousa Abu Sabra

1

Olives

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/04/02

Ibrahim Salama Abu Jureiban

5

Corns

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/04/02

Yahia Mousa Abu Jureiban

3

Corns

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/04/02

Fa'eq Hussein Abu Meghassib

3

Palms and citrus

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/04/02

'Abdul Mahdi and Salim Hussein Abu Meghassib

13

Olives, almonds and wheat

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/04/02

Na'ima Hussein Abu Meghassib

2.5

Barely

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/04/02

Mohammed 'Abdul Majid Abu Meghassib

4

Olives

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network and a house were destroyed

23/04/02

Zaki Hussein al-Louh

---

---

Deir al-Balah

A water pipeline was destroyed

25/04/02

Maher al-'Aklouk

---

---

Deir al-Balah

A 12-meter-long fence was destroyed, birds were killed and all contents of the farms were damaged

25/04/02

Mohammed Saleh al-Seiqali and brothers

10

Olives, palms and peppers

Khan Yunis

---

03/05/02

Mahmoud Khalil Abu Samra

3

Palms, olives and citrus

Deir al-Balah

---

03/05/02

Hussam Mohammed Abu Samra

4

Palms and olives

Deir al-Balah

---

03/05/02

Radwan Abu Sha'ban

2

Palms and olives

Deir al-Balah

---

03/05/02

Mohammed Radwan Abu Sha'ban

2

Palms and olives

Deir al-Balah

---

03/05/02

Mohammed Ahmed Abu Samra

6

Palms and olives

Deir al-Balah

---

03/05/02

Salwa Khalil Abu Samra

4

Palms and olives

Deir al-Balah

---

03/05/02

Zhafer al-Shawa

4

Citrus

Deir al-Balah

---

05/05/02

Mohammed 'Abdul Rahman al-Bashiti

20

Guavas

Deir al-Balah

---

05/05/02

'Abdul Qader Nazhir Abu Houli and brothers

20

Guavas

Deir al-Balah

---

12/05/02

Mohammed Mohammed al-Masri

6

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

---

12/05/02

'Abdul Rahman Mohammed Hweihi

6

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

12/05/02

Mohammed 'Abdul Rahman Hweihi

6

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

12/05/02

Ahmed 'Abdul Rahman Hweihi

4

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

12/05/02

'Abdul Rahman Tawfiq Hamad

2

Citrus and olives

Beit Hanoun

---

12/05/02

Mousa Tawfiq Hamad

3

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

---

12/05/02

Mohammed Mahmoud Shabat

3

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

---

12/05/02

'Ouda Mohammed Shabat

3

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

---

12/05/02

Shehda Mustafa Hamad

2

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

---

12/05/02

Isma'il Mustafa Hamad

2

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

---

12/05/02

The family of Hamad

12

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

---

13/05/02

Al-Wafa Company

---

---

'Abasan, Khan Yunis

A 1200-square-meter bird farm and its equipment were destroyed

14/05/02

Heirs of Ibrahim Mohammed Zo'rob

60

Vegetables and olives

Al-Mawasi, Rafah

A 50-square-meter resort and two water pumps were destroyed

16/05/02

'Aamer Suleiman Helles

7

Olives

East of Gaza

---

16/05/02

'Abdul Raziq Habib

8

Olives

East of Gaza

---

16/05/02

Sha'ban Ibrahim Qouta

5.5

Olives

East of Gaza

---

19/05/02

Ghazi Hijji

7

Vegetables

East of Gaza

7 greenhouses were destroyed

20/05/02

Mohammed Ahmed Baraka and cousins

5

Olives and palms

Deir al-Balah

An irrigation network was destroyed

20/05/02

Mohammed Jaber Baraka

0.5

Olives and palms

Deir al-Balah

An agricultural pool and a water pump

20/05/02

Jamil Jaber Baraka

---

---

Deir al-Balah

Two stores, an agricultural pool and a water pump were destroyed

20/05/02

Fadhel Yousef al-Qedra

---

---

Deir al-Balah

A 200-meter-long fence was destroyed

20/05/02

'Othman Salama Baraka

---

---

Deir al-Balah

A 200-meter-long water pipeline and a sprinkler were destroyed

20/05/02

Mousa 'Arafat

0.5

Olives

Juhor al-Dik, Gaza

---

20/05/02

Jihad Ghazi Hijji

2

Tomatoes

Juhor al-Dik, Gaza

---

24/05/02

'Alaa' Nazhmi Dallul

4

Vegetables and olives

Al-Zaytoun, Gaza

---

02/06/02

Mahmoud Abu Nafe'

4

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

---

03/06/02

Mousa Mohammed Abu Fusseifes

10

Okras and wheat

Al-Qarara, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

03/06/02

Mousa Mohammed Abu Fusseifes

10

Okras and wheat

Al-Qarara, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

03/06/02

Mohammed 'Abdul Raziq al-Astal

20

Wheat

Al-Qarara, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

03/06/02

'Abdul Rahim Mousa al-Astal

4

Okras and olives

Al-Qarara, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

03/06/02

Ahmed al-'Imawi

4

Olives and palms

Al-Qarara, Khan Yunis

---

03/06/02

Salama 'Atwa al-'Imawi

4

Okras

Al-Qarara, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

03/06/02

'Abdul Hamid Thabet al-Qedra

10

Olives and palms

Al-Qarara, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

04/06/02

Hassan Ahmed al-Malliti

2

Palms and olives

Deir al-Balah

---

04/06/02

Yousef Mahmoud al-Salqawi

1

Palms and olives

Deir al-Balah

---

13/06/02

Hafezh 'Abdullah Qudeih

8

Wheat and olives

'Abasan, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/06/02

Ramzi Mohammed al-Barrim

5

Figs and melons

'Abasan, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

13/06/02

Mahmoud Shehda Qudeih

4

Wheat

'Abasan, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

16/06/02

Suleiman 'Aabed Qudeih

10

Olives and vegetables

Khuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

16/06/02

Salem 'Aabed Qudeih

10

Olives and vegetables

Khuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

16/06/02

Nahidh 'Abdullah Qudeih

7

Olives

Khuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

18/06/02

Ahmed al-Tawashi

1

Olives and palms

Al-Mazra'a, Deir al-Balah

---

18/06/02

Nizham al-Agha

1

Olives and palms

Al-Mazra'a, Deir al-Balah

---

18/06/02

Ahmed Abu al-Nasser

---

An animal farm

Al-Mazra'a, Deir al-Balah

---

19/06/02

'Abdul Raziq al-Masharawi

8

Vegetables and corns

North of Beit Lahia

---

19/06/02

Jamil 'Abdul Khaliq al-Kilani

6

Vegetables and corns

North of Beit Lahia

---

19/06/02

'Ateya Rajab Kilani

4

Vegetables and corns

North of Beit Lahia

---

19/06/02

'Abdullah Mohammed Kilani

4

Onions

North of Beit Lahia

---

19/06/02

Hassan Mohammed Kilani

2

Parsley

North of Beit Lahia

---

19/06/02

Zana 'Abdul Khaliq Kilani

5

Vegetables

North of Beit Lahia

---

19/06/02

Sa'id Khamis Hamdouna

15

Vegetables

North of Beit Lahia

---

19/06/02

Sa'id Khamis Hamdouna

15

Vegetables

North of Beit Lahia

---

19/06/02

'Oleyan Mousa Abu Khousa

6

Vegetables

North of Beit Lahia

---

19/06/02

Hassan Mousa Abu Khousa

6

Vegetables

North of Beit Lahia

---

20/06/02

'Othman E'teiwi Abu Sha'ar

1

Palms and olives

Wadi al-Salqa, Deir al-Balah

---

20/06/02

Rabah 'Awad al-Semeiri

3

Olives and okras

Wadi al-Salqa, Deir al-Balah

---

20/06/02

Joma'a Rezeq Abu Sha'ar

10

---

Wadi al-Salqa, Deir al-Balah

Seizure

20/06/02

Raiadh al-Agha

6

---

Wadi al-Salqa, Deir al-Balah

Seizure

20/06/02

Jomeia'an Salama al-Semeiri

7

---

Wadi al-Salqa, Deir al-Balah

Seizure

23/06/02

Nuzha Mohammed Khudeir

4

Vegetables

Beit Lahia

---

23/06/02

Subhi al-Shurafa

2

Vegetables

Beit Lahia

---

23/06/02

Isma'il al-Haloul

2

Vegetables

Beit Lahia

---

23/06/02

'Omar Rashwan

7

Corns

Beit Lahia

---

23/06/02

Midhat 'Abdullah Abu Haloub

10

Vegetables

Beit Lahia

---

23/06/02

Hassan Hussein al-Shaf'ei

4

Vegetables

Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/06/02

Mahmoud Hussein al-Shaf'ei

5

Vegetables

Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/06/02

Mohammed Dhib 'Abdul Dayem

12

Vegetables, corns and strawberries

Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/06/02

Sara 'Abdul Fattah al-Ramli

14

Citrus and palms

Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/06/02

'Ateya 'Abdul Qader Kilani

4

Vegetables

Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/06/02

Mohammed 'Abdul Qader Kilani

6

Vegetables

Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/06/02

'Ataya 'Abdul Qader Kilani

4

Vegetables

Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/06/02

'Abdul Khaliq al-Masharawi

10

Vegetables

Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/06/02

Sha'ban Mohammed Dhib 'Abdul Dayem

2

Vegetables

Beit Lahia

An irrigation network was destroyed

23/06/02

Mansour Khaled al-Bora'ei

7

Vegetables and corns

Beit Lahia

---

23/06/02

Tawfiq Mohammed al-Bora'ei

7

Vegetables and corns

Beit Lahia

---

27/06/02

Salim Ragheb 'Abdul Rahman Zimmu and family

21

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

---

27/06/02

Sa'ad and Salah Jamil al-Shawa

35

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

---

27/06/02

Beit al-Mal Company

20

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

---

27/06/02

Mousa Tawfiq Hamad

2

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

27/06/02

Ibrahim Hassan Basiouni and brothers

11

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

27/06/02

Khader Basiouni Basiouni

5

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

27/06/02

'Eid Basiouni Basiouni

5

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

27/06/02

Fadhel Basiouni Basiouni

3.5

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

27/06/02

Na'im Basiouni Basiouni

4.5

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

27/06/02

Salim Ragheb 'Abdul Rahman Zimmu and family

21

Citrus

Beit Hanoun

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Heirs of Yassin 'Ali al-Astal

7

Potatoes

Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Heirs of Ahmed 'Ali al-Astal

7

---

Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Suleiman Ahmed al-Najjar

1

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Salman Hussein al-Najjar

1

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Ibrahim 'Awad al-Najjar

1

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network, a room and a bird farm were destroyed

28/06/02

Salem Hussein al-Najjar

1

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Jihad Ahmed al-Najjar

1

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network and a bird farm were destroyed

28/06/02

Jouda Ahmed al-Najjar

1

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network and a room were destroyed

28/06/02

Mohammed Ahmed al-Najjar

1

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network and a room were destroyed

28/06/02

Ahmed Khalil al-Najjar

3

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Mohammed Khalil al-Najjar

2

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Heirs of Ibrahim Ahmed al-Najjar

3

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Yousef Mahmoud al-Najjar

3

Palms

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Shehda Mahmoud al-Najjar

3

Palms

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Jamila Mohammed al-Najjar

5

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Yousef Ibrahim al-Najjar

1

Olives

Kuza'a, Khan Yunis

An irrigation network was destroyed

28/06/02

Hammad 'Omran Shamallakh

4

Grapes and figs

Sheikh 'Ejlin, Gaza

---

28/06/02

Ahmed 'Omran Shamallakh

4

Grapes and figs

Sheikh 'Ejlin, Gaza

A well and a store were destroyed

28/06/02

Suleiman 'Ezzat Shamallakh

4

Grapes and figs

Sheikh 'Ejlin, Gaza

---

28/06/02

Zahra 'Omran Shamallakh

1.5

Grapes and figs

Sheikh 'Ejlin, Gaza

---

28/06/02

Hudia 'Omran Shamallakh

1.5

Grapes and figs

Sheikh 'Ejlin, Gaza

---

28/06/02

'Abdul Qader Shamallakh

1

Grapes and figs

Sheikh 'Ejlin, Gaza

---

28/06/02

Salama Shamallakh

1.5

Vegetables

Sheikh 'Ejlin, Gaza

---

28/06/02

Sa'ad Shamallakh

8

Grapes and figs

Sheikh 'Ejlin, Gaza

---

28/06/02

Hashem Shamallakh

1.5

Vegetables

Sheikh 'Ejlin, Gaza

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[1] Since 1967, the international community has considered Israel as a belligerent occupying power and the Palestinian Territories as occupied, meaning that the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 1949 is applicable to these territories. However, Israeli occupying forces have systematically violated the Convention and international humanitarian law in dealing with Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The Fourth Geneva Convention and international humanitarian law provide protection for civilians in time of war, including civilians in occupied territories. They also provide that occupying powers are not free to use whatever force, measures or policies they wish in administering the occupied territories, rather they are obligated to protect the lives and property of civilians.

 

[2] The UN Committee against Torture was established in accordance with article 17 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  The Convention was adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 39/46 on 10th December 1984, and entered into force on 26th June 1987