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Monthly Field Report on Israeli Violations of Human Rights in the Gaza Strip, Reporting Period 1-30 April 2011

23-05-2011 00:00

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit violations of international human rights law (IHRL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) against the population of the Gaza Strip in April 2011.
This report, which is laid out chronologically, details Israeli violations carried out in April 2011.
The report starts with statistical notes on the number of victims of IOF violations carried out in April 2011.
As a result, of these violations, 23 persons were killed, including two children.
Another 55 persons were injured, 12 of whom were children and four women.
The report demonstrates the lethal and excessive use of force against Palestinians.
The IOF continuous attacks and deliberate killing of Palestinians come in the context of imposing restrictions on the movement of the population in the Gaza Strip, particularly farmers who work in their fields near the borders.
The report also demonstrates that the IOF continued to carry out systematic attacks on civilians and their properties in areas near the border-lines as part of its attempt to enforce the so-called 'security buffer zone' that extends one-and-a-half kilometers along the eastern and northern separation fences between the Gaza Strip and Israel.
This zone has grave consequences for the Palestinians who live near the borders and the farmers who work in their fields near the borders.
It also deprives dozens of Palestinian families from their source of living as these lands account for a high proportion of all agricultural lands in the Gaza Strip.
During this reporting period, the IOF carried out three limited incursions into the Gaza Strip.
During these incursions, Israeli bulldozers leveled dozens of dunams of land and attacked Palestinian civilians and their properties near the borders.
These incursions come in the context of ongoing Israeli efforts to enforce the so-called ‘security buffer zone’ and prevent hundreds of Palestinian farmers from farming their lands which are located near the border-line with Israel.
The IOF escalated its artillery shelling and missile attacks in different areas throughout the Gaza Strip.
In this reporting period, the IOF continued to disregard the rules of international humanitarian law in this regard.
As a result of these attacks, several persons were injured, physical damage was sustained, and civilians, including women and children were terrified.
According to Al Mezan's documentation, the IOF carried out 37 artillery shelling and missile attacks.
As a result, 14 persons were injured, including two children and two women.
  During the reporting period, the IOF continued its policy of arbitrary and political detentions against the population of the Gaza Strip.
In this reporting period, the IOF arrested three persons who approached the separation fence between Gaza Strip and Israel.
The report also presents statistical information on the consequences of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip in April 2011.
The report concludes that the IOF continue to commit grave violations of international law.
At the end of the report, Al Mezan condemns the IOF violations and calls on the international community to intervene to protect Palestinian civilians.

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