UN: 78 Palestinians wounded and 106 arrested by Israel over one-week period

United Nations: In a weekly report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said “Israeli army wounded at least 78 Palestinians, including 32 children, in clashes during 10-16 May.”

The report, which was released on Friday stated that the Israeli army carried out at least 78 search raids in Palestinian homes across the OPT and arrested 106 Palestinians.

It also said that a fire broke out next to Beit ‘Awa village in Hebron following the firing of light flares by Israeli forces, resulting in the damage of around 250 dunams of land planted with olive trees.

Apart from domestic destruction, 30 trees were partially burnt when the Israeli forces fired teargas canisters at protesters in Kafr Qaddoum, north of the West Bank city of Qalqilia.

The report noted that in Gaza’s access restricted area on the sea, 12 fishermen, including four minors, were forced to take off their clothes and swim towards Israeli naval boats where they were taken into custody.

The report added that in East Jerusalem, the Israeli authorities banned two Palestinians from accessing Al-Aqsa Mosque for two and three months. The report stated that Israel also demolished or confiscated 16 Palestinian owned structures in Area C of the West Bank on grounds of lack of building permits.

On 16 May, seven donor-funded residential containers were also demolished and materials for another three were confiscated in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Jabal al-Baba in the city of Jerusalem.