Wednesday, August 3, 2022

In the West Bank, Israeli forces demolished 1 residential structure and 1 agricultural structure, razed agricultural land, and seized 1 water tank and agricultural equipment in az-Za‘ayyem. Israeli forces also delivered 1 demolition notice and ordered the removal of electric wiring in al-Twana in the Masafer Yatta area. Elsewhere, Israeli forces issued 2 stop-work notices for houses in Shaab al-Battam in the Masafer Yatta area. Israeli forces also uprooted 20 olive trees and demolished a water well in Taqqua. 12 Palestinians were arrested during late-night raids in al-Arroub refugee camp, Hebron, Biddu, Ramallah, Nablus, and Jenin. In East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities demolished the home of 1 Palestinian family in Silwan, displacing 8; 2 were arrested while attempting to prevent the demolition. In Gaza, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian farmers east of Abasan and Khan Yunis; no injuries were reported. (WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 8/3; PCHR 8/4; UNOCHA 8/19)

All crossings between Israel and Gaza were closed for the 2d day in a row. Israel also sent more troops to the Gaza fence area. (MEE 8/3; ALM, AP, HA, MEMO, PCHR 8/4; MEMO 8/5)

PA finance minister Shukri Bishara said that the PA recorded a surplus of $72 million in its budget during the 1st half of 2022. (WAFA 8/3)

The EU donated $20 million in support of the PA’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign. (WAFA 8/3)