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Palestine Monitor: Latest Jenin Update

The United Nations refugee camp of Jenin, a one-kilometer square patch of land home to 15,000 people, has for the past five days been under a sustained Israeli military attack. Israeli forces have used apache helicopters, tanks, and ground-to-ground missiles to shell and bombard the civilians in the camp.

Jenin Update
8th April 2002

The United Nations refugee camp of Jenin, a one-kilometer square patch of land home to 15,000 people, has for the past five days been under a sustained Israeli military attack. Israeli forces have used Apache helicopters, tanks, and ground-to-ground missiles to shell and bombard the
civilians in the camp. The Israelis themselves estimate that more than one hundred people have already been killed in the onslaught; Palestinians believe the number will be much higher as many of the 100s of injured will die because, since the beginning of this atrocity, they have been prevented from receiving medical care.

Yesterday in the camp soldiers rounded up males between the ages of 15-45 and interned them in a yard. One elderly man was shot dead by soldiers as he obeyed their orders and left his house.

Bulldozers have been used to destroy homes in order to make the streets and alleyways wide enough for tanks to move down when the Israeli army eventually takes over the whole camp. The camp has not had electricity or water for five days now, and Dr. Barghouti reports that the Medical Relief
Committees have received calls from people who have no food or water and have been reduced to drinking dirty water running in the streets. People lie injured in the streets, and the bodies of those killed sit in the houses and
streets, decomposing.

At the same time the sick and wounded are still being denied medical care. A few hours ago the Red Cross coordinated the movement of three ambulances, from the city of Jenin to the camp. A mere 50 yards from the hospital the
ambulances were fired upon and forced to return to the hospital, yet more proof of the discrepancy between what the army and government says the are doing, and the reality of the situation.

A woman (she did not want her name used) whose son was killed on Friday, and she has yet to see or bury his body described the past days to us. She said “we were inside the camp, sitting inside our homes with shells falling all
around us, from everywhere. In the streets we could see a few bodies of the dead and many people injured from the shelling– they were close but we couldn’t get them because of the danger. Many houses were destroyed, and it was smoky because of the fires. We have stayed there five days – we had no electricity, no food, and no water.

At 5AM this morning the soldiers banged with their guns on our door. They said we had to leave – so the 60 men, women and children who were in our house left. They made us leave with their guns pointed on us – all the way to where they had gathered all the men, women and children together. Then they forced the men to strip to their underclothes. We had to wait and wait, sitting on the ground for hours, the soldiers even spat on us. Then they took the men away – we don’t know where. At 11 am they let us, the women and children, leave the camp – forced us into the city – where there is still a curfew. Where can we go? Some of the people have family in the city – and some of the city people have taken us – but now there is a bigger problem for them. Already there was not enough food, no water, and no electricity in the city. And now all of us have to also be with them - these people we do not know.”

This is the third time since 1948 that these people in Jenin refugee camp have been forced to leave their homes by the Israeli army.

For more information contact Juliana at the Palestine Monitor
+972 (0)2 5834021 or +972 (0)2 5833510
www.palestinemonitor.org
 
 

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