2,000 Palestinians and Palestinian armed groups have killed more than
700 Israelis. Most of those killed were civilians and included some
350 Palestinian children and more than 90 Israeli children.
The Israeli army has also destroyed more than 3,000 Palestinian homes,
vast areas of cultivated land, and hundreds of commercial and public
properties. Prolonged and disproportionate closures and curfews
imposed by the Israeli army throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip
have impeded or prevented Palestinians' access to medical care,
education and work. Poverty, unemployment and health problems,
including malnutrition, have spiralled as a result.
The spread of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
continues and the measures taken by Israel purportedly to protect the
freedom of movement of Israeli settlers, whose presence in the
Occupied Territories violates international law, have resulted in
increasingly widespread abuses of the local Palestinian population's