10 April 2002 (A/ES-10/166-S/2002/370)

Letter sent by Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the Security Council, and the President of the General Assembly: (Israeli Onslaught Against the Palestinian People and the Palestinian Authority)

The crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, continues to perilously escalate. The vicious and bloody Israeli onslaught against the Palestinian people and Palestinian leadership has indeed widened in scope and intensity since my last letter to you on 5 April 2002. The death toll of Palestinians continues to mount and the path of destruction being wrought continues to expand as a result of this ongoing military campaign by Israel, the occupying Power.

Of profound concern is the critical situation in the occupied cities of Jenin and Nablus and the adjacent refugee camps that have come under brutal attacks by Israeli occupying forces in recent days. The refugee camp in Jenin has endured the deadliest Israeli assaults with reports of more than 100 Palestinians killed, including innocent children, women and men. Many of those killed by the Israeli occupying forces bled to death as they lay in the streets while Israeli soldiers continued to prevent emergency medical assistance from reaching them. Moreover, the bodies of so many of the Palestinians killed remain in the streets as the occupying forces continue to deny Palestinians the ability to retrieve the dead for burial. In addition to the tragic human carnage, Israeli tanks, bulldozers and missiles have completely ravaged the refugee camp, causing severe destruction to homes, properties, roads and the entire infrastructure of the refugee camp.

In nearby Nablus and in Al-Ain refugee camp, Israeli occupying forces also continue to wage attacks by tanks and helicopter gunships against the Palestinian people, killing at least 14 Palestinians. Israeli occupying forces have also continued to round-up Palestinian males in the two Palestinian cities and the refugee camps. The number of Palestinian males being arbitrarily detained by the occupying forces has now surpassed 2,000 people.

In Bethlehem, the Israeli siege of the Church of the Nativity also continues and the city, like the other cities reoccupied by the Israeli occupying forces, remains a closed military zone. Moreover, the Israeli occupying forces continue their siege of the headquarters of President Yasser Arafat in the besieged city of Ramallah.

The humanitarian situation on the ground in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has become both tragic and appalling due to the depraved polices and practices of the occupying Power, which are in total violation of even the most basic human rights. The curfews imposed on Palestinian towns and cities continue to intensify the suffering of the Palestinian people, preventing them from attending to essential needs, such as procuring food and water and electricity is still cut off in many of the besieged towns, cities and refugee camps.

United Nations agencies, including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and other humanitarian aid organizations, including the International Committee for the Red Cross, continue to be prevented from providing emergency food and medical assistance to Palestinian people. At the same time, Israeli occupying forces continue to prevent journalists from reporting on the situation, targeting them and harassing them, confiscating tapes and blocking access to Palestinian cities and refugee camps to enable the occupying forces to carry out their military campaign of war crimes and State terrorism out of the view of the international community.

All of this continues despite repeated calls by the international community, in particular the Security Council, for the immediate implementation of Security Council resolution 1402 (2002) and most recently resolution 1403 (2002), which calls for the withdrawal, without delay, of Israeli occupying forces form Palestinian cities, including Ramallah. We once again call upon the international community to take action to ensure the implementation of these Security Council resolutions and to bring an immediate halt to the Israeli onslaught against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

In follow-up to my previous 115 letters to you regarding the crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, dated from 29 September 2000 to 5 April 2002 (A/55/432-S/2000/921; A/55/437-S/2000/930; A/55/450-S/2000/957; A/55/466-S/2000/971; A/55/474-S/2000/984; A/55/490-S/2000/993; A/ES-10/39-S/2000/1015; A/ES-10/40-S/2000/1025; A/ES-10/42-S/2000/1068; A/ES-10/43-S/2000/1078; A/ES-10/44-S/2000/1093; A/ES-10/45-S/2000/1104; A/ES-10/46- S/2000/1107; A/ES-10/47-S/2000/1116; A/ES-10/48-S/2000/1129; A/ES-10/49-S/2000/1154; A/ES-10/50-S/2000/1173; A/ES-10/51- S/2000/1185; A/ES-10/52-S/2000/1206; A/ES-10/53-S/2000/1247; A/ES-10/54-S/2001/7; A/ES-10/55-S/2001/33; A/ES-10/56-S/2001/50; A/ES-10/57-S/2001/101; A/ES-10/58-S/2001/131; A/ES-10/59-S/2001/156; A/ES-10/60-S/2001/175; A/ES-10/61- S/2001/189; A/ES-10/64-S/2001/209; A/ES-10/65-S/2001/226; A/ES-10/66-S/2001/239; A/ES-10/67-S/2001/255; A/ES- 10/68-S/2001/284; A/ES-10/69-S/2001/295; A/ES-10/70-S/2001/304; A/ES-10/71-S/2001/314; A/ES-10/72-S/2001/332; A/ES-10/75-S/2001/352; A/ES-10/76-S/2001/372; A/ES-10/79-S/2001/418; A/ES-10/80-S/2001/432; A/ES-10/81-S/2001/447; A/ES-10/82-S/2001/463; A/ES-10/83-S/2001/471; A/ES-10/84-S/2001/479; A/ES-10/85-S/2001/486; A/ES-10/86-S/2001/496; A/ES-10/87-S/2001/504; A/ES-10/88-S/2001/508; A/ES-10/89-S/2001/544; A/ES-10/90-S/2001/586; A/ES-10/91-S/2001/605; A/ES-10/92-S/2001/629; A/ES-10/93-S/2001/657; A/ES-10/94-S/2001/669; A/ES-10/95-S/2001/686; A/ES-10/96-S/2001/697; A/ES-10/97-S/2001/708; A/ES-10/98-S/2001/717; A/ES-10/99S/2001/742; A/ES-10/100-S/2001/754; A/ES10/101-S/2001/783; A/ES-10/102-S/2001/785; A/ES-10/103-S/2001/798; A/ES10/104-S/2001/812; A/ES-10/105-S/2001/814; A/ES-10/107-S/2001/821; A/ES-10/108-S/2001/826; A/ES-10/111-S/2001/880; A/ES-10/112-S/2001/918; A/ES-10/114-S/2001/928; A/ES-10/115-S/2001/932; A/ES-10/116-S/2001/941; A/ES-10/117-S/2001/971 A/ES-10/118-S/2001/989; A/ES-10/119-S/2001/991; A/ES-10/121-S/2001/1007, A/ES-10/122-S/2001/1024; A/ES-10/123-S/2001/1036; A/ES-10/124-S/2001/1084; A/ES-10/125-S/2001/1092; A/ES-10/126-S/2001/1118; A/ES-10/128-S/2001/1149; A/ES-10/129-S/2001/1166; A/ES-10/133-S/2000/1239; A/ES-10/134-S/2001/126; A/ES-10/136-S/2002/18; A/ES-10/137-S/2002/39; A/ES-10/138-S/2002/48; A/ES-10/139-S/2002/58; A/ES-10/140-S/2002/89; A/ES-10/141-S/2002/95; A/ES-10/142-S/2002/102; A/ES-10/143-S/2002/121; A/ES-10/144-S/2002/142; A/ES-10/145-S/2002/146; A/ES-10/146-S/2002/165; A/ES-10/147-S/2002/175; A/ES-10/148-S/2002/182; A/ES-10/149-S/2002/186; A/ES-10/150-S/2002/214; A/ES-10/151-S/2002/223; A/ES-10/152-S/2002/232; A/ES-10/154-S/2002/242; A/ES-10/155-S/2002/248; A/ES-10/156-S/2002/245; A/ES-10/157-S/2002/253; A/ES-10/158-S/2002/258; A/ES-10/159-S/2002/281; A/ES-10/160-S/2002/307; A/ES-10/161-S/2002/319; A/ES-10/162-S/2002/330; A/ES-10/163-S/2002/340; A/ES-10/164-S/2002/353 and A/ES-10/165-S/2000/361), it is my profound regret to inform you that at least 104 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli occupying forces, raising the total number of Palestinian martyrs to 1,340 people. Once again, due to the extremely difficult circumstances in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, we have been unable to compile a complete and accurate list of all of the Palestinian martyrs that have been killed by the Israeli occupying forces, particularly those that have been killed in the attack on the Jenin refugee camp. The annex to the present letter contains the names of the martyrs that have thus far been identified, and the names of the other Palestinians that have been killed by the occupying forces will be conveyed once they are identified.

Names of Martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem* (Saturday, 6 April 2002 to Tuesday, 9 April 2002)


Saturday, 6 April 2002

  1. Munir Issa Wahashi

  2. Mustafa Al-Shalabi

  3. Mohammed Mahmoud Hamed

  4. Tarik Darwasheh

  5. Samir Mohammed Jaradat

  6. Fadi Abu Odeh

  7. Ayman Zaki Attiyeh Al-Jazar

  8. Tarik Suliman Ahmed Abu Hassanein

  9. Nder Jameel Al-Hadar

  10. Jihad Hamad Quraeish

  11. Sherrif Khalil Al-Omri

  12. Majid Abu Al-Rab

  13. Robin Jamil Mahmoud Al-Khadoor (13 years old)

  14. Ali Mustafa Abu Riziq

  15. Shadi Fawzi Mohammed Abu Ghali

  16. Samiha Najeh Abdelhady Hassan

  17. Salwa Mohammed Khaled Al-Dahlees (12 years old)

  18. Imad Al-Haj Hamad

  19. Khaled Shaqo

  20. Issam Darmali

  21. Nidal Obeidat

  22. Ilham Ali Dusoqi

  23. Mouaied Jameel

  24. Abdelfattah Mohammed Abu Al-Rab


Sunday, 7 April 2002

  1. Kamal Al-Mallah

  2. Youssef Abu Zied

  3. Hani Al-Shalabi

  4. Iyad Abu Al-Rab

  5. Mahmoud Al-Qanne

  6. Majid Sawafteh

  7. Yasser Al-Shaweesh

  8. Amjad Al-Qatooni

  9. Saidi Mohammed Abu Hasneh

  10. Khaled Musa Jumaa Al-Tier

  11. Nidal Abu Odeh

  12. Basil Al-Zaloul

  13. Kamal Abu Shihab

  14. Nassser Al-Assali

  15. Abdallah Motee Akleek (18 years old)

  16. Nasser Abu Al-Soud

  17. Ihab Fahmawy

  18. Ribhi Loulou (14 years old)

  19. Izzedine Zaher Hasan Samhan

  20. Wadah Shalabi

  21. Abdelkarim Al-Saadi

  22. Rasha Fretakh

  23. Mohammed Al-Ghandoor

  24. Freiz Killay

  25. Nabil Al-Koni

  26. Ahmed Al-Tabooq

  27. Mohammed Al-Qinah

  28. Samir Abu Leil

  29. Yasser Abu Shadi

  30. Youssef Abu Sayf

  31. Ahmed Fazaa

  32. Nasser Abu Kharfa

  33. Majid Al-Qinah Abu Shrar

  34. Zahiah Freitkh

  35. Jamal Al-Tirawi

  36. Mahmod Teem

  37. Nasser Hamami

  38. Ahsraf Mohammed Abu Al-Hayjah


Monday, 8 April 2002

  1. Khaled Abu Siyam

  2. Mubtasim Youssef Irheemy

  3. Mahmoud Al-Hams

  4. Salam Jabour

  5. Hafiz Sabra

  6. Imad Salah Folfol

  7. Omran Fleifel

  8. Azhar Shawkat Amriyah

  9. Ahmed Mamdouh Ahmed Al-Masri

  10. Issam Sherrif Al-Dareemli

  11. Nasser Al-Ghareeb

  12. Shaehhen Mahmoud Suhweil

  13. Kamal Abdelhady Badran


Tuesday, 9 April 2002

  1. Mohammed Abu Sabra

  2. Amjed Ahmed Obadeh (11 years old)

  3. Nasser Abu Hatab

  4. Salem Al-Jaabeer

  5. Yehya Al-Zubaidi

  6. Yusri Abu Farkh

  7. Oum Marwan Washahi

  8. Jamal Al-Sabagh

  9. Aref Mahmoud Sayed Ahemd

  10. Nayef Salem Sayed Ahmed

  11. Taher Khalil Abdelqader Dodeen

  12. Ahmed Omar Mustafa Odeh

  13. Raed Durghameh

  14. Kamal Awad

  15. Mahmoud Alola

  16. Hamdi Ashteiah

  17. Maher Al-Khazaz

  18. Rawhi Owadeh

  19. Mohammed Owadeh

  20. Alaa Al-Atleet

  21. Yasser Abu Al-Soud

  22. Abu Mahmoud Sabra

  23. Daughter of Abu Mahmoud Sabra

  24. Rabaa Youssef Abu Zied (13 years old)

  25. Sanur Wajih Dewikat

  26. Taha Al-Zubaidi

  27. Alaa Al-Sabagh

  28. Mahmoud Abu Al-Sebaa

  29. Bilal Al-Teeni


*Total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces since 28 September 2000 = 1,340