In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued the use of excessive and systematic force against peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international solidarity activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 4 protestors, including 2 children, were wounded during Bil’in and Ni’lin weekly protests, west of Ramallah.
In the same context, 5 Palestinians, including a child, were wounded during other protests in the vicinity of Ofer detention facility, southwest of Ramallah; at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the city; and the western entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah.
In occupied Jerusalem, on 16 April 2015, a Palestinian civilian sustained a bullet wound when clashes were taking place in al-Eisawiya village.
In the Gaza Strip, as part of targeting border areas, on 17 April 2015, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened sporadic fire at dozens of civilians, who were present near the said fence, east of Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip. On 20 April 2015 afternoon and evening, Israeli forces opened fire at al-Fokhari and Abasan villages, east of Khan Yunis, but no casualties were reported. A similar gunfire incident was reported in the east of Jabalia in the north of the Gaza Strip.
Israeli navy forces opened fire 3 times at Palestinian fishing boats sailing off the shores in the northern and southern Gaza Strip. As a result, fishing nets were torn and a fishing boat was damaged.
During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 62 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 5 ones in East Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 37 Palestinians, including 7 children and a woman. Ten of these Palestinians, including 2 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces conducted 2 limited incursions on 21 April 2015.
Restrictions on movement:
Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.
The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 8 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people. The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy. They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. In many occasions lately, Israeli forces arrested Palestinian patients and their companions and traders.