TIPH increases patrolling in the Tareq Ibn Ziyad neighborhood

TIPH‘s main task is to observe and report on the efforts of the Parties to normalize life in Hebron based on international humanitarian law, international human rights standards and the Hebron Agreement. Daily patrols in Hebron seven days a week is important in order to be aware of what is happening and follow up on incidents. TIPH area of responsibility is H1 and H2

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TIPH‘s main task is to observe and report on the efforts of the Parties to normalize life in Hebron based on international humanitarian law, international human rights standards and the Hebron Agreement. Daily patrols in Hebron seven days a week is important in order to be aware of what is happening and follow up on incidents. TIPH area of responsibility is H1 and H2. H2, which includes the Ibrahimi Mosque, the old souq and the Israeli settlements in the centre of Hebron, has a priority for the patrols. Moreover, patrolling is also aimed at creating a feeling of security among the Palestinians in the city in accordance with our mandate.

All patrols consist of observers with police background and observers who speak Arabic. A few also speak Hebrew. Patrols are conducted mainly by foot to ensure a good communication with the local population. The observers will talk with the people they meet, and follow up on information shared. However, to be able to fulfil all operational needs car patrolling is necessary. When ID checks are performed by Israeli Security Forces, the observers will wait to see how they are conducted and how long. During clashes, the observers monitor the incidents between demonstrators and the Israeli Security Forces.

During the last months, more clashes have occurred in the Tareq ibn Ziyad area.

-Since the beginning of 2014, we have increased our patrols in the Tareq Ibn Ziyad area as it is one of the areas in H2 suffering from many security challenges. Our patrols’ continuous presence hopefully gives the population a feeling of security and less isolation from the outside world, says Francesco Borretti, the Head of Operations in TIPH.

Living in the area close to the settlements and closures in H2, the population of Tareq Bin Ziad is vulnerable in terms of socio-economic status and exposure to closures. The H2 area is under Israeli control and the Palestinian authority has little influence in the area. Many of the children have to pass through daily check points in order to reach their schools. TIPH observers are often in place in the morning and in the afternoon when the schoolchildren pass through checkpoints or close to settlements to create a feeling of security.