One Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire during the month of April after attacking occupation forces at a checkpoint near East Jerusalem. Video of the 22 April incident shows a van hitting a Border Police soldier. The video does not show the Border Police opening fire at the man.
In another incident that same day, a driver operating a car with Palestinian plates hit an Israeli Border Police soldier and a civilian at an ad hoc checkpoint near the Ateret settlement. The driver fled the area.
A 19-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank allegedly stabbed and wounded an Israeli woman in the town of Kfar Saba in central Israel before he was shot by a security guard on 28 April.
On 1 April, a 22-year-old Palestinian man died from wounds sustained after he was shot by Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in Beita village, south of Nablus, the previous month. Since late February, Palestinians in the village have been protesting attempts by Israeli settlers to take over a nearby hill. Two Palestinians, including a child, have been killed during those protests.
Seventeen Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces so far this year, or died from injuries sustained in previous years.
Nour Jaber al-Barghouti, a 23-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank village of Aboud, died after losing consciousness in Israel’s Naqab prison on 22 April. Israel was holding more Palestinian children in its prison during the pandemic than it was before, with 194 Palestinian children in Israeli prison at the end of March.
As of 28 April, there were 495 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip resulting in four deaths.
Israel demolished Palestinian-owned structures throughout the month on the pretext that they were built without a permit, despite the coronavirus pandemic. “Of particular concern is the ongoing demolition of water and hygiene-related structures, which could undermine efforts to contain the spread of the virus,” OCHA added.
After Israeli forces demolished a donor-funded home on 23 April, displacing a family of eight, a United Nations humanitarian official called on Israel to halt its demolitions.
Also during April, occupation forces uprooted 1,200 trees in the West Bank on grounds that they were on “state land.”
Nearly 700 trees were vandalized by suspected Israeli settlers during the month as attacks on Palestinians and their property sharply increased during the pandemic.
Israeli forces also attacked Gaza fishers during the month, causing injuries as well as property damage. Israel sprayed herbicide on agricultural land east of Gaza City on 6 April, damaging Palestinian crops, in the third such incident so far this year.