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ZOF troops stop an ambulance, cut ID cards

ZOF troops stop an ambulance, cut ID cards
22-05-2009,14:00

 

At approximately 09:45 on Monday, 16 May 2009, an ambulance of Palestine Red Crescent Society that was transporting a patient from Jericho to al-Muttala' Hospital in Jerusalem was stopped by ZOF troops positioned at al-Za'im checkpoint, east of Jerusalem. ZOF troops asked for the patient's ID card and permit.

 

While they were verifying the documents, a ZOF soldier moved towards the ambulance and asked the driver and the ambulance officer to show their ID cards. He also kicked the driver for no apparent reason. The soldier ordered them then to move the patient to another ambulance and they did. When the ambulance officer went to the soldier to get back the ID cards, the soldier cut them and ordered the ambulance to leave the area.

 

When the ambulance moved a few meters away from the checkpoint, ZOF troops forced it to stop again. A ZOF soldier ordered the medical crew to get the medical equipments out of the ambulance and throw them on the ground. Some equipments were damaged.

 

This story is just a short preview of the Palestinian suffer at checkpoints.  

ZOF have continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including Occupied East Jerusalem.

Gaza Strip

ZOF have continued to close all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for more than two years. The ZOF siege of Gaza, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.

         1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.

         The main concern of 1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip is to obtain their basic needs of food, medicines, water and electricity supplies.

         ZOF have continued to prevent the entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip for more than two years.

         ZOF have not allowed fuel supplies into the Gaza Strip, excluding few amounts of cooking gas, since 10 December 2008.

         The Rafah International Crossing Point has been opened for a few days for a number of patients who received medical treatment abroad and needed to return home to the Gaza Strip.

         ZOF have continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the face of Palestinian civilians wishing to travel to the West Bank and Zionist for medical treatment, trade or social visits.

         Poverty had mounted to approximately 80% and unemployment has mounted to 60% in the Gaza Strip.

         ZOF have continued to prevent the entry of spare parts form water networks and sewage systems. Losses incurred to this sector are estimated at US$ 6 million.

         ZOF have imposed additional restrictions on access of international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers to the Gaza Strip. They have prevented representatives of several international humanitarian organizations from entering the Gaza Strip.

         Living conditions of the Palestinian civilian population have seriously deteriorated; levels of poverty and unemployment have sharply mounted.

         At least 900 Palestinian prisoners in Zionist jails have been deprived for family visitation for more than 17 months. 

         ZOF have continued to attack Palestinian fishermen along the Gaza Strip coast.

 

The West Bank

ZOF have imposed a tightened siege on the West Bank. During the reporting period, ZOF imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.

ZOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians to and from the city. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been denied access to the city. ZOF have established many checkpoints around and inside the city. Restrictions of the movement of Palestinian civilians often escalate on Fridays to prevent them from praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque. ZOF often violently beat Palestinian civilians who attempt to bypass checkpoints and enter the city. On Friday morning, 15 May 2009, ZOF imposed a closure on the OPT, which continued until Sunday morning, 17 May 2009. According, ZOF imposed more restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians to, from and inside the city.

 

ZOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. Although ZOF dismantled Beit Eiba checkpoint, west of Nablus, ZOF troops positioned at an iron gate established on Nablus-Tulkarm road, west of Nablus, often stop and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles especially at times of heavy traffic. In the same context, ZOF troops positioned at Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus, often conduct prolonged and complicated checking on Palestinian civilians. Additionally, ZOF have continued to erect checkpoints on roads leading to the city.

 

On Sunday morning, 17 May 2009, ZOF closed the main entrance of Bani Na'im village on bypass road #60 with cement blocks and sand barriers. On Monday, 18 May 2009, ZOF closed entrances of a number of streets and neighborhoods in the center and southeast of Hebron allegedly to ensure protection for Zionist settlers, as the Zionist Defense Minister allowed a delegation of rightist parties and settlers to visit the town.

 

On Tuesday morning, 27 May 2009, ZOF erected a number of checkpoints at the entrances of Za'tara village, southeast of Bethlehem. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. In the same context, ZOF erected a checkpoint on the main road between al-'Obaidiya village and Beit Sahour town.

 

On Friday afternoon, ZOF erected a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Tulkarm. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

 

On Saturday morning, 16 May 2009, ZOF troops positioned at a checkpoint near Eskaka Bridge at the eastern entrance of Salfit town arrested Shadi Qazaq Shaheen, 30, a taxi driver.

 

Other measures:

 

ZOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall inside West Bank territory. During the reporting period, ZOF used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Zionist human rights defenders in protest to the construction of the Wall.

ZOF has recently escalated arbitrary measures against Palestinian civilians in East Jerusalem to force them to leave the city. PCHR has devoted this section in the Weekly Report to highlight violations of human rights perpetrated by ZOF against Palestinian civilians in East Jerusalem.

ZOF have continued settlement activities in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law, and Zionist settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.