The International Committee of the Red Cross has taken this series of pictures to highlight the difficulties faced by many Palestinans in the West Bank who live near Israelis settlements. This shot was taken near Hebron.
These Palestinians live in an area under full Israeli control, near Jenin. They have no mains electricity or running water, while a nearby settlement has both. Israeli settlements are seen as illegal by the international community, but not by Israel.
Israeli settlers living in the centre of Hebron - protected by military guard - throw objects down on Palestinian shoppers from their apartments above the market street. Many shoppers now stay away.
Izzat Othman Nassar owns fields and olive groves in Awarta Valley outside Nablus. Violence from settlers has made most of his land out of bounds. The ICRC has helped him and other farmers regain access to their land.
This Palestinian boy's family are shepherds in the Yanoun area of Nablus. Harassment from settlers is a regular feature of life. The family has already sold part of its flock and is considering moving away.
The routing of the West Bank barrier has created many problems for Palestinians on the other side. This section abuts a house in Nezlet Issa, near Tulkarem. Israel says the barrier prevents Palestinian suicide bombers entering Israel from the West Bank.
The West Bank barrier cuts off the village of Azzun Atme from the rest of the West Bank. This checkpoint is closed at night, which causes problems for people needing urgent medical treatment.
As some checkpoints in larger urban areas are removed, conditions have improved for Palestinians in the West Bank. But everyday life for many other Palestinians remains very difficult. All photos: ICRC.
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