JERUSALEM, September 6, 2014 – (WAFA) – This week witnessed a sharp decline in the number of injuries following the open-ended ceasefire agreement, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
OCHA stated in the Protection of Civilians weekly report issued Thursday that this week witnessed a sharp decline in demonstrations and clashes with Israeli forces across the West Bank, largely due to the open-ended cease fire agreement reached between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza, which came into effect on 26 August.
The report, which tackles protection issues in the occupied Palestinian Territories, covered the period from 26 August to September 1. Main highlights included that 38 Palestinians were injured, marking the lowest number in eleven weeks, that 16 homes were demolished in area C and East Jerusalem, displacing 76 Palestinians, and that 3,799 dunums in the vicinity of Gush Etzion settlement block were declared ‘state land’.
Regarding settler violence incidents, the report showed that there was a drop in their number, noting that three incidents of settlers’ violence resulting in damage to property were recorded this week compared to a weekly average of seven incidents resulting in both casualties and damage to property in 2014.
The report also tackled Israel’s declaration of the expropriation of approximately 4,000 dunams as ‘state land’ for settlement expansion in Bethlehem area. It reiterated the remarks of the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General in this regard.
On 1 September, the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General stated that “the seizure of such a large swathe of land risks paving the way for further settlement activity, which- as the United Nations has reiterated on many occasions- is illegal under international law and runs totally counter to the pursuit of a two-state solution.”
The report also tackled the displacement of 76 Palestinians following demolitions and the advancement of plans for the ‘relocation’ of Bedouin communities. It reported that during the week, a total of 15 structures, including eight residential structures were demolished by the Israeli ]occupation[ authorities in the Jerusalem and Hebron governorates in addition to a residential structure that was self-demolished. In total, 76 people, including 48 children, were displaced, and seven others affected.
It reiterated the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon’s remarks in this regard. Ki-moon reportedly stated that the implementation of the proposed “relocation” would amount to individual and mass forcible transfers and forced evictions, prohibited under international humanitarian law and human rights law.