Thursday, April 2, 2020

In the West Bank, 3 Palestinians from Halhul were sentenced to 1 year in prison by the PA for violating COVID-19 emergency measures. Israeli forces delivered stop-work orders for 2 houses under construction near Bethlehem. Israeli forces also clashed with Palestinians during raids in Hebron and Tulkarm; tear-gas related injuries were reported. Elsewhere, Israeli forces demolished 1 agricultural structure east of Tarqumiyya. Israeli forces arrested 4 Palestinians during late-night raids in Ya‘bad, including 3 minors. In East Jerusalem, 4 Palestinians were arrested, including 2 during late-night raids in Silwan, 1 was arrested during a raid in Issawiyya, and 1 was beaten and arrested on a street in Silwan. Off the coast of Gaza, Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen 4 nautical miles west of Gaza City, causing damage to 1 boat. Israeli forces opened fire on agricultural lands east of Dayr al-Balah; no injuries were reported. (WAFA, WAFA 4/2; PCHR 4/9)

10 Palestinian prisoners in Ofer prison started an open-ended hunger strike protesting Israel’s failure to prevent Palestinian prisoners from contracting the COVID-19 virus. (WAFA 4/2)