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Jerusalem in February: 5 Killed, 18 Injured, and 104 Detained in Israeli Attacks

The European for al-Quds organization has confirmed that Israeli violations in the occupied city of Jerusalem have seen a significant increase, with 747 violations documented during last February.

The organization said in its monthly report that the violations were distributed across 18 categories of human rights violations. The highest categories were raids at 51.9%, followed by arrests at 13.9%.

The report documented 40 incidents of direct shooting and assault by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in the neighborhoods of occupied Jerusalem, which resulted in the killing of 5 citizens, including 2 children, and 18 others were injured and dozens suffered from suffocation, in addition to at least 24 citizens being beaten and abused.

The report also documented the violations and attacks committed by IOF against Palestinians during February. The report states that the IOF carried out 388 raids on Palestinian towns and neighborhoods in Jerusalem, arresting 104 Palestinians, including 7 children and 10 women. In addition, 14 were placed under house arrest.

The report also documented 17 demolitions during which the occupying forces destroyed 1 housing units. Among them were 5 demolitions that forced owners to self-demolish. During the month, 24 demolition notices were distributed.

The report monitored three land seizures throughout Jerusalem, covering more than 2,604 dunams.

During this month, the Israeli authorities issued seven decisions and measures within the framework of consolidating the Judaization of settlements and Judaization in occupied Jerusalem. Most notably, they are ready to approve 5,059 settlement units in seven different locations in the Jerusalem settlements, the establishment of a new settlement city in Jerusalem next to the town of Umm Tuba, and the erection of a huge structure in Jabal Mukaber.

3,274 settlers and hundreds of people, under the guise of tourists, participated in the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was repeated over a period of 20 days. The occupation forces also continued to besiege Al-Aqsa Mosque and reduce the number of worshipers there to several thousand on Fridays.

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to implement the policy of deportation from Al-Aqsa Mosque or the city of Jerusalem, and during this month they issued seven deportation decisions. The report documented eight attacks carried out by settlers, which included assaults, acts of incitement, and the destruction of a group of Islamic graves in the Okasha Mosque, northwest of Jerusalem. They restored a grave, claiming that it was the grave of Benjamin, the brother of the Prophet Joseph, peace be upon him.

The report monitored 51 permanent and surprise flying checkpoints, two violations related to freedom of journalistic work and public freedoms, and two violations related to collective punishment.

The organization warned of the seriousness of the violations taking place in Jerusalem, and the free hand of the settlers to carry out attacks against citizens, and the attempt to impose new realities in Al-Aqsa Mosque, while increasing the suffering of Jerusalemites, in parallel with the continuation of Judaization policies, the repeated incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the attempt to impose the division of the mosque temporally and spatially, and the repeated attacks at the Bab al-Rahma chapel and the attempt to close it.

Europeans for al-Quds also cautioned against the policies, procedures, and decisions of the Israeli government, particularly noting that some ministers have openly advocated for the Judaization of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem. If these policies are implemented, they could potentially ignite a new wave of violence and escalation throughout the entire region.

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