471 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Attacks on Rafah in Past Week: OIC Report

Tue May 21 2024
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JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Media Observatory’s Weekly Report on Israel’s crimes against Palestinians reported that 471 Palestinians were murdered in the Gaza Strip within one week in Israeli military attacks on the city of Rafah.
This brings the total death toll from Israeli attacks reached to 480, with 857 others wounded during the last week from May 14 – 20, 2024.
The OIC Media Observatory report said that 35,960 Palestinians were martyred and 84,426 others wounded in the war between Israel and Hamas since October 7, 2023. The report further stated that two million Palestinians were displaced as a result of the Israeli offensive.
The report also highlighted Israeli attacks on the United Nations facilities and aid convoys as significant incidents during the week. Six Palestinians were killed in an Israeli bombing that targeted a school belonging to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Nuseirat camp in central Gaza.
Furthermore, a Palestinian driver working for the UN World Health Organization (WHO) was killed, and a Jordanian employee was injured in an Israeli attack on their vehicle near Rafah city.
The report stated that settler violence also escalated, with repeated attacks on the UNRWA headquarters in Sheikh Jarrah in al-Quds and attempts to intercept aid convoys near the Tarqumiya crossing. Other settlers, near one of the crossings in the town of Beit Awa, set fire to a truck loaded with humanitarian food supplies that was on its way to Gaza, after the Israeli troops forced about seven trucks to head to the town area following a settler attack on them near the Tarqumiya crossing.
In the West Bank, settlers near the town of Aqraba blocked a Jordanian aid truck loaded with barley grains for the Nablus Agriculture Directorate, and emptied about 50 bags from the truck.
On the ground, nine people were murdered in Tulkarm, Bethlehem, Jenin, Nablus, Jerusalem, and Ramallah. The occupation forces arrested 129 people from various Palestinian cities and villages, while the number of settler attacks on Palestinian towns and villages reached 58, as they assaulted and burned agricultural crops.
The occupation forces demolished four houses in Hebron and Bethlehem, confiscated eight heavy equipment, including trucks, agricultural tractors, and others, and raided money exchange shops, in addition to storming the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city of Hebron.
In occupied al-Quds, 2,251 Jewish extremists stormed the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque five times over the past week, one of the days coinciding with the celebrations of the so-called “Independence Day”; and “Palestinian Nakba Commemoration”, where the occupation forces prevented Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to secure the Jewish extremists present in the Holy Mosque.
The total number of Israeli violations against Palestinians over the past week amounted to about 2,216, ranging from murdering, wounding, arrests, demolition of homes, confiscations, assaults on properties, closure of crossings, settler attacks, desecration of mosques, and more.

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