22 October 2001 (A/ES-10/119- S/2001/991)

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 Reoccupation of Six Cities)

At dawn on Saturday, 20 October 2001 (Palestine time), Israeli occupying forces using tanks and armored personnel carriers reoccupied areas in and around the Palestinian cities of Qalqilya and Tulkarem. Israeli occupying forces shelled and shot at Palestinians in those cities and other Palestinian cities, which were partly reoccupied previously. The Israeli action on that day resulted in the killing of eight Palestinians, including an 18-year old in the Manger Square in front of the Church of Nativity. On Sunday, 21 October 2001, Israeli occupying forces continued with their shelling and shooting against the inhabitants of the six Palestinian cities partially reoccupied, killing five more Palestinians.

It is clear that since Thursday, 18 October 2001, Israel, the occupying Power, has engaged in a wide military assault against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority. This wide spread military assault resulted in the killing of 25 Palestinians, and many injuries at least 20 of whom are in serious condition. The pattern of reoccupying areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, particularly in and around Palestinian cities, is another indication of the Israeli intention that will probably lead to a general explosion in the Occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem.

I am writing this letter in follow-up to our previous 74 letters addressed to you regarding this grave and ongoing situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, dated from 29 September 2000 to 19 October 2001 (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-10/99-S/2001/742; A/ES-10/100-S/2001/754; A/ES10/101S/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 and A/ES-10/118-S/2001/989.) Since our last letter to you on 19 October 2001, Israeli occupying forces have brutally killed 13 more Palestinians mentioned above, bringing the total number of Palestinian martyrs to 707. (The names of the martyrs are contained in the annex to the present letter.) In addition, the number of Palestinians injured by the fire and action of the Israeli occupying forces continue to rise.

We strongly believe that the Security Council as the United Nations organ responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security has an obligation to take immediate action to ensure the full and immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from areas it reoccupied recently. We call on the Council to convene an immediate meeting with the aim of considering such action.

Names of Martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces

in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem*

(Saturday, 20 October through Sunday, 21 October 2001)

Saturday, 20 October 2001

    1. Mustafa Abdel Raheem Nofal

    2. Samer Yussef Shawahna

    3. Mustafa Mahmoud Saleh Zidau

    4. Maher Abu Hasnah

    5. Ranya Nasri Kharoufah

    6. Yussef Ahmed Abayat (25 years old)

    7. Aisha Abu Own

    8. Johnny Thaljiah (18 years old)

Sunday, 21 October 2001

    1. Mohammed Suliman Barakaa

    2. Nahed Al-Joujou

    3. Eissa Abu Huliel

    4. Ahmed Yussef Abu Mandeel (16 years old)

    5. Ghada Mahmoud Eissah

*Total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces since 28 September 2000 = 707