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Human rights violations by the Israelis
Thursday, April 18, þ2002

Following, is a report of some of the human rights violations carried out today in the
Occupied Territories. The events included in this report are only those about which human
rights organizations have been able to obtain information. The incidents listed represent
only a minute portion of the human rights violations being committed throughout the West
Bank. This report paints only a partial picture and does not necessarily reflect the worst
of the human rights violations being perpetrated. Most of the information below was
received by telephone, since fieldworkers are unable to reach the victims and eyewitnesses
in order to collect testimonies in person. The information has been verified to the
greatest extent possible given the current circumstances.

1. On April 9, 2002, after five days of curfew in Nablus, medical crews and rescue teams
were allowed to take bodies from around the city to Rafidia hospital. Over the course of
the day, 37 bodies were brought to the hospital. The morgue had enough space for only
seven of the bodies. Medical crews had to lay the bodies down on the floor of a room. The
hospital decided to use a refrigerator donated by a cheese factory to store the bodies, as
the fact that many of them were in advanced stages of decay caused a real danger of
diseases spreading. One of the bodies was that of Muhamad Abu Hatab. Parts of it had
eaten by dogs during the days the IDF would not allow its removal from the field where
Hatab was killed. Since the hospital does not have the capacity to store the bodies
appropriately, most of them were buried in a mass grave today. 18 more bodies were buried
in the old city of Nablus in a temporary mass grave. (Source: B'Tselem)

2. Yesterday morning, G.R. from Jenin refugee camp heard cries for help from the rubble of
the Abu Zeineh home in Al-Hawashin neighborhood. Ten of the camp’s residents arrived
the place and began to clear the rubble in an attempt to reach those trapped. IDF soldiers
who were near the hospital, about 150 meters from the Abu Zeineh house, shot at the
rescuers and drove in their direction accompanied by a tank. The rescuers fled the area.
HaMoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual contacted the IDF and gave the exact
location of the survivors. However, despite the military’s pledge to rescue people about
whom it received exact information, no military representative arrived at the place. In
the evening, under the cover of darkness, residents of the camp returned to the Abu
home and rescued nine people alive. (Source: HaMoked - Center for the Defence of the

3. The residents of Nablus’ Damara neighborhood, north of Balata refugee camp have been
under curfew ever since the IDF entered the city. The neighborhood is home to over fifty
families. The residents have suffered a severe food shortage. Gas, electricity and water
supply have been cut off. Since the curfew was imposed, several of the neighborhood’s
residents have tried to leave their homes in order to get food. IDF soldiers shot at them.
Only today, following over two weeks of curfew, did the IDF lift the curfew for a few
hours. (Source: B'Tselem)

4. On April 15, at 4:00 AM, soldiers broke into the offices of a charity in the village of
Dar Salah in Bethlehem District. The charity’s manager, who arrived at the offices the
following day, discovered that the soldiers had broken the computer, photocopier and
facsimile machine. They took food supplies which were meant for delivery, computer discs
and photo albums in which the charity’s humanitarian activities had been documented.
(Source: B'Tselem)

5. On April 13, 2002, soldiers broke into the home of Hala Abu Hashash in Ramallah. They
searched the home and detained Abu Hashash’s husband. After the soldiers left, she
discovered that they took a gold watch that was in a box in the apartment. (Source:

6. The curfew imposed on different areas in the West Bank has paralyzed the work of the
regional health offices. As a result, many areas are suffering a severe shortage in
medicines. The Red Crescent in the village of Habla said that in Habla and the neighboring
villages which had been under curfew, there is a shortage in medicines, baby formula and
food. Al-Watani hospital in Nablus has reported a shortage in medicines which mostly
affects the chronically ill - heart patients, diabetes patients and others. The government
hospital in Tulkarm has also reported a severe shortage in medicine. A seriously wounded
person who is at the hospital is in need of certain injections which the hospital does not
have and cannot obtain. Similar reports have been received from other places. (Source:
Physicians for Human Rights Israel)

7. A report that came into B'Tselem reveals that holding conditions in Ketziot are
extremely difficult. Detainees are suffering from overcrowding, insufficient amounts of
food, and a lack of hot water. They sleep on mattresses 1 centimeter thick. Hundreds of
detainees have been transferred to Ketziot so far, and new groups are processed every day.
The IDF is continuing to prevent human rights organizations from entering the facility.
(Source: B'Tselem)

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