Palestinian Child Killed, 24 Others Injured in Last Week of December, Says OCHA

JERUSALEM, January 3, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian boy was killed and 24 other children were injured in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the last week of December 2014, said OCHA in theProtection of Civilians Weekly Report covering the period between 23th and the 29th of December.

During the week, Israeli forces killed one Palestinian boy and injured around 40 others, including 24 children and two women, said the report. “This brings the number of Palestinian fatalities in the West Bank since the beginning of the year to 49, including 12 children.”

According to the report, “since the beginning of the year, Israeli forces have injured a total of 1,190 Palestinian children across the West Bank, accounting for 20 per cent of all Palestinian injuries, compared to 1,185 child injuries in 2013.”

It reported that Over 20% of the child injuries in 2014 were with live ammunition, and the remainder by rubber bullets, tear gas inhalation and physical assault.

As for settlers’ attacks during the reporting period, OCHA documented five incidents of Israeli attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank, resulting in injury and damage to Palestinian property, bringing the total number of such incidents in 2014 to 330, compared to 400 in the equivalent period in 2013.

OCHA reported on the Israeli authorities’ demolition of 14 Palestinian structures in Area C of the West Bank and three in East Jerusalem due to lack of Israeli issued building permits.

“Since the beginning of the year, around 250 Palestinian structures have been demolished in the Jordan Valley compared to 234 in 2013,” stated the report.

Regarding Incidents involving Israeli forces opening fire into the Access Restricted Areas (ARA) in Gaza by land and at sea have continued on a daily basis, with at least23 such incidents reported during the week.

The report read, “One armed Palestinian killed and four civilians injured in various incidents along Gaza’s perimeter fence; a child dies of injuries sustained during the summer’s hostilities,”

“At 6:00 on 28 December, the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) was forced to suspend operations after exhausting its fuel reserves, due to the lack of funds,” said the report.

“The shutdown of the GPP has rendered Gaza entirely dependent on the supply of electricity purchased from Israel (120 MW) and Egypt (30MW), which can meet less than a third of the estimated demand.”