On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released a new report documenting the Israeli human rights violations over the past two weeks (7 – 20 December 2021).
According to the report, two Palestinians were killed, and 348 others injured, including 109 children, by Israeli gunfire within two weeks.
15 Palestinian-owned homes were also demolished in the occupied West Bank during the same period.
Israeli forces also carried out 112 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 197 Palestinians across the West Bank. The largest number of operations was recorded in the Hebron governorate (27), followed by Ramallah (22) and Jerusalem (17).
The Israeli authorities demolished, seised, or forced owners to demolish, a total of 15 Palestinian-owned structures, due to a lack of Israeli-issued building permits. As a result, 64 people were displaced, including 30 children, and the livelihoods of about 52 others were affected.
Israeli settlers injured three Palestinians in two instances, and damaged Palestinian property in 20 instances across the West Bank.
On at least 36 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near Israel’s perimeter fence and off the coast of Gaza, ostensibly to enforce access restrictions. No injuries were reported.
Two Palestinian fishermen were also arrested, and one boat was confiscated by Israeli forces. Israeli military bulldozers conducted two land levelling operations inside Gaza, near the perimeter fence.
On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, the Israeli occupation authority demolished a Palestinian-owned house in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber at the pretext of unlicensed construction.
An Israeli bulldozer escorted by a large number of police forces stormed the neighbourhood since morning hours and embarked on knocking down the house, which was built about five years ago.
The house belonged to a local resident called Mohamed Bashir, who prepared and furnished it ahead of his son’s wedding.
Last month, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the number of Palestinian homes and structures demolished or seized, and people displaced in 2021 represents an increase of 21 and 28 percent respectively, compared with the equivalent figures in 2020.