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On the 5th Day of the Offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli Warplanes Attack Civilian Facilities, Including Charities, Parks, Disabilities Rehabilitation Centers, Sport Clubs and Mosque, and Increasingly Target Houses PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 July 2014 00:00

Ref: 81/2014

 

113 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 93 Are Civilians, Including 25 Children and 18 Women, and 799 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 250 Children and 165 Women;

149 Houses Targeted and Destroyed

 

- The number of Palestinian civilians killed under the debris of their targeted houses has increased to 28, including 6 women and 11 children.

- The number of Palestinian civilians killed under the debris of their houses adjacent to targeted houses has increased to 4 (2 women and 2 children).

- The number of Palestinian civilians killed near their houses has increased to 10, including 3 women and 2 children

 


 Mohye al-Din al-Najjar’s house in Khan Yunis 


Israeli occupation forces have continued their offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 5th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war. Israeli forces have escalated their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian property. Overnight, Israeli warplanes targeted charities, NGOs, public parks and some mosques.  Israeli warplanes have continued to target houses with an allegedly legal cover, as an Israeli drone firs fire at a targeted house a “warning” missile, and a few minutes later, Israeli warplanes target and destroy such house.  Israel would not be able to commit such crimes unless it has support from the United States, which considers Israel's acts as self defense, while the international community remains silent.

 

From 10:00 on Friday, 11 July 2014 to 10:00 on Saturday, 12 July 2014, 25 Palestinians, including 21 civilians, were killed.  The civilian victims include 1 children and 2 women.  Additionally, 186 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were wounded – this number includes 50 children and 38 women.  Israeli warplanes also targeted and destroyed 50 houses.

 

The latest developments since the press release issued by PCHR yesterday noon have been as follows:

 

The Northern Gaza Strip:

 

Israeli warplanes launched 57 airstrikes and Israeli tanks and gunboats fired dozens of shells targeting houses, civilians, agricultural plots, open areas, a disability rehabilitation center and a store of wood.  As a result of these attacks, 9 Palestinian civilians were killed, including 2 women with disabilities who were killed when Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a rehabilitation center for persons with disabilities.  Additionally, 77 Palestinians, including 28 children and 21 women, were wounded. Ten houses and offices of a number of institutions were also destroyed. 

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:

 

- At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 11 July 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Muqlad Humaid in Jabalya, destroying it completely.

 

- At approximately 10:30, medical sources declared that Sofian Ahmed al-Bal’awi, 39, died of wounds he had sustained when Israeli warplanes bombarded an agricultural plot near his house.

 

- At approximately 12:20, Israeli warplanes targeted a flat belonging to Shadi al-‘Arini in Building 32 in Sheikh Zayed Buildings in Beit Lahia.  The flat was heavily damaged and 5 Palestinian civilians were wounded.

 

- At approximately 14:00, Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a house belonging to Ramzi Nabhan in Jabalya.  Before the attack, Israeli forces phoned Nabhan to evacuate the house. 

 

- At approximately 14:05, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians who were near Hammouda gas station at the entrance of Beit Hanoun.  As a result, Mohammed Rabee’ Abu Hmaidan, 64, was killed and 3 others were wounded.

 

- At approximately 14:10, an Israeli drone bombarded a house belonging to Tahseen Saleem in Beit Lahia without a prior warning.  The house was heavily damaged.

 

- At approximately 15:40, an Israeli drone targeted and destroyed a house belonging to Riad al-‘Absi.  Residents of the house had been warned before the attack. 

 

- At approximately 17:00, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians who were near their homes in Jabalya.  As a result, Saher Salman Abu Namous, 3, was killed.

 

- At approximately 17:05, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Anwar al-Sissi.  The house was extensively damaged.

 

- At approximately 00:35 on Saturday, 12 July 2014, an Israeli drone attacked a number of Palestinian civilians in the yard of Anwar ‘Aziz Mosque in Jabalya refugee camp.  As a result, 4 civilians were killed: Hissab Deeb Razaina, 39; ‘Abdul Rahman Saleh al-Khatib, 38; Yousef Mohammed Mandil, 39; and Mohammed Edris Abu Swailem.  Five civilians were also wounded.

 

- At approximately 01:45 on Saturday, Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a 2-storey house belonging to Mohammed and Shawqi ‘Afana.  A number of neighboring house were damaged and 7 Palestinian civilians were wounded.

 

- At approximately 02:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to Saber Suleiman in Jabalya.  The house was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 02:55, an Israeli warplane launched a missile the office of an Islamic charity in Beit Lahia, destroying it completely.

 

- At approximately 04:55, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the building Palestine Care Association in Beit Lahia.  As a result, 2 disabled women were killed: Suha Musbah Abu Sa’da, 39; and ‘Ola Hussein Enshassi, 31.  Another 3 disable women and a supervisor were wounded.

 

- At approximately 05:05 an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Tawfiq ‘Awadh.  The house was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 06:50, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the administrative building on Bissan Entertainment and Production City in Beit Lahia.  The building was heavily damaged.

 

- At approximately 07:20, Israeli warplanes bombarded a warehouse of wood belonging to the al-Haddad family in Jabalya.  The warehouse was completely destroyed.

 

Gaza City:

 

Israeli warplanes launched 43 airstrikes and ground and sea shelling targeting houses, security sites, agricultural lands and open areas. As a result of these attacks, 11 Palestinians, including 8 civilian, were killed, and 30 others, including 4 children and 3 women, were wounded.  Moreover, 11 houses were destroyed. 

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:


- At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 11 July 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 2-tsorey house belonging to Mahmoud Ghabyen in al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  The house was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 16:00, Israeli warplanes bombarded a 300-square-meter, 3-storey house belonging to Fadel Mohammed Shaldan.  The house, in which 5 families live, was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 16:45, Israeli warplanes bombarded a site of Palestinian armed groups near Dar al-Salam Mosque in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City, while worshippers were exiting the mosque.  As a result, 8 Palestinian civilians were wounded, one of whom, Nasser Mohammed Esmamiya, 49, died of his wound 4 hours later.

 

- At approximately 18:00, Israeli warplanes bombarded a 5-storey house belonging To Sa’ad Ahmed al-Simri in al-Sha’af neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. The house was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 19:45, Israeli warplanes bombarded a 4-storey house belonging to Ismail Ahmed al-Shami.  The house, in which 4 families live, was completely destroyed.

 

- Also at approximately 19:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians who were on their way to a mosque in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  As a result, Mohammed Saber Mustafa Sukkar, 72, and Hussein Mohammed al-Mamlouk, 49, were killed, and Fadi Ya’qoub Sukkar, 25, was seriously wounded, and he died of his wound an hour later.

 

- At approximately 21:40, Israeli warplanes bombarded a 4-strey house belonging to Mohammed ‘Abdul Hadi Siam in al-Shati refugee camp.  The house, in which 5 families live, was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 22:00, Israeli warplanes bombarded a 2-storey house belonging to Yousef Mohammed al-Baik in al-Nafaq Street.  The house was completely destroyed.  In the meantime, 5 artillery shells landed on a neighboring house belonging to Sa’id Salem ‘Abdul ‘Aal, destroying it.  Two Palestinian civilians were wounded.

 

- At approximately 00:30 on Saturday, 12 July 2014, Israeli warplanes bombarded a 3-storey house belonging to Mohammed Sa’id al-Shawa in al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  The house, in which 3 families live, was destroyed.

 

- At approximately 01:30, Israeli warplanes attacked a number of young men in al-Nasser Street.  As a result, Anas Yousef Qandil, 19, was killed.

 

- At approximately 03:30, Israeli warplanes bombarded a 5-storey house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali ‘Abdul ‘Aal in al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  The house, in which 5 families live, was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 04:00, Israeli warplanes bombarded a 4-storey house belonging to Subhi Mushtaha, in which 12 families live, in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  The house was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 05:00, Israeli warplanes bombarded a 3-storey house belonging to sons of al-‘Aabed Mohammed Ensaiwi, in which 6 families live, in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  The house was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 06:45, Israeli warplanes attacked a number of members of Palestinian armed group near al-Katiba Mosque in Ansar area in the west of Gaza City.  As a result, 3 members were killed: Nabil As’ad Bassal, 29; Mohammed Rif’at al-Syouti, 20; and Mohammed Bassem al-Halabi, 25. 

 

- At approximately 07:10, Israeli warplanes attacked 3 police officers in al-Tuffah neighborhood, killing them instantly: Ibrahim Nabil Hamada, 22; Hassan Ahmed Abu Ghoush, 28; and Ahmed Mahmoud al-Bal’awi, 23.

 

On Friday evening and Saturday morning, Israeli gunboats and tanks fired dozens of shells at various areas in Gaza City, especially at the fishing harbor.  A number of fishing boats were extensively damaged, one of which was totally burnt.

 

The Central Gaza Strip:

 

Israeli warplanes launched 35 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural lands, open areas, sites of armed groups, educational institutions, charities and mosques. As a result of these attacks, 6 Palestinians were killed, including 4 civilians, one of whom is a child. Additionally, 41 Palestinians, including 13 children and 4 women, were wounded.  Nine houses were also destroyed. 

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:

 - At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 11 July 2014, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a vehicle of al-Boreij Municipality. Two workers who were traveling in the vehicle were killed: Mazen Mustafa Aslan, 51; and Sharayan Ismail Abu al-Kas, 41.  Three civilians living in the area were wounded, including two children whose wounds were described as critical.

 

- At approximately 15:45, Civil Defense crews declared that they found the body of ‘Abdul Halim al-‘Eshra, 55, in his farm in Deir al-Balah, which was bombarded on Tuesday, 08 July. 

 

- At approximately 20:30, Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a house belonging to Mo’taz ‘Aqel in al-Nussairat refugee camp.

 

- At approximately 21:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the playground of Palestine Technical College in Deir al-Balah.  The campus was heavy damaged.

 

- At approximately 21:25, Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a house belonging to Mohammed Thabet in al-Nussairat refugee camp.

 

- At approximately 21:45, Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a house belonging to Ussama Abu Sitta in Deir al-Balah.

 

- At approximately 22:00, Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a house belonging to the Faraj family in al-Nussairat refugee camp.

 

- At approximately 22:20, an Israeli drone launched a missile at 2 members of a Palestinian armed group who were on an agricultural field in Deir al-Balah.  The two members were instantly killed: Rami Saleh Mohammed Abu Musa’ed, 26; and Mohammed Ahmed al-Suamairi, 24.

 

- At approximately 00:20 on Saturday, 12 July 2014, Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a house belonging to Salem Abu Mandil in the east of al-Maghazi refugee camp.

 

- At approximately 02:15, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at al-Farouq Mosque in al-Nussairat refugee camp.  The mosque was completely destroyed, a number of nearby houses were damaged and a number of civilians were wounded.

 

- At approximately 02:55, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at al-Zahraa’ police station completely destroying it.

 

- At approximately 03:20, Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a house belonging to Essam al-Da’alis in al-Nussairat refugee camp.

 

- At approximately 03:50, Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a house belonging to Sameh al-Khaldi in al-Nussairat refugee camp. 

 

- At approximately 03:55, Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a house belonging to Hisham ‘Aqel in al-Nussairat refugee camp.

 

- At approximately 05:05, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the office of Wassef Charity in al-Maghazi refugee camp, destroying it completely. 

 

- From 06:00 to 08:30, Israeli tanks positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired shells at Juhor al-Dik and al-Mughraqa villages.  As a result, a Palestinian civilian was seriously wounded.

 

- At approximately 08:45, Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a house belonging to the al-Hawajri family in al-Nussairat refugee camp.

 

- At approximately 09:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a playground in the north of al-Maghazi refugee camp, destroying it completely.

 

Khan Yunis:

 

Israeli warplanes launched 39 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots, open areas, a charity and a bank in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis.  Israeli tanks and gunboats also fired dozens of shells at agricultural and open areas.   As a result, 9 Palestinian civilians, including 2 women, were killed.  Additionally, 12 houses were destroyed.  A number of civilian vehicles and electricity networks were also damaged.

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:

- At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 11 July 2014, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to Hassan Abu Ghali in al-Amal neighborhood in the west of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.

 

- At approximately 11:20, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Yasser Nazmi Hamdan in al-Amal neighborhood in the west of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.

 

- At approximately 13:25, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians following the Friday Prayer.  As a result, 5 Palestinian civilians, including 2 women, were wounded.

 

- At approximately 19:25, an Israeli drone launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Mohammed Mohammed Abu Sbaih in Khan Yunis refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.

 

- At approximately 20:45, Israeli drones launched 3 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Ahmed ‘Abdul Hai Killab in Khan Yunis refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.

 

- At approximately 20:05, an Israeli drone launched 2 missiles at a 2-storey house belonging to Mohye al-Din ‘Abdul Majid al-Najjar in Ma’an area in Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.

 

- At approximately 00:40, Israeli gunboats fired a number of shells at Khan Yunis beach and fishing harbor.  The fishing harbor was damaged and a boat was burnt.

 

- At approximately 01:30, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to ‘Abed Hamad al-‘Abadla al-Qarara village, north of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.

 

- At approximately 02:10, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Yahia ‘Othamn Musameh in Banil Suhaila village, east of Khan Yunis.  The house damaged, but no casualties were reported.

 

- At approximately 02:40, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a house belonging to Yahia Ibrahim al-Sinwar al-Satar al-Gharbi area in Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.

 

- At approximately 03:05, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to Hatema ‘Abdul Qader al-Faq’awi in Khan Yunis refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.

 

- At approximately 04:25, an Israeli drone launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Eslayeh in al-Manara neighborhood in the south of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.

 

- At approximately 05:55, an Israeli drone launched a missile at the Islamic National Bank on the first floor of al-Agha bulding in the center of Khan Yunis.  Fire broke out in an electricity generator in front of the bank and extended to the bank, flats in the building and a nearby house, which were all damaged.

 

- At approximately 06:00, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at the office of al-Salah Islamic Association in Khan Yunis refugee camp.  The office was destroyed and a number of nearby houses were damaged.

 

- At approximately 09:30, Israeli drones launched 3 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Ahmed Waleed Mukhaimer in al-Amal neighborhood in the west of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and completely destroyed it.

 

Rafah

 

Israeli warplanes launched 34 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural lands, open areas, tunnels at the Egyptian border and governmental offices.  Israeli forces also fired dozens of shells from the ground and the sea at various areas in Rafah.  As a result, 28 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children and 8 women, were wounded.  Eight houses were also destroyed.

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:

 

- At approximately 01:30 on Friday, 11 July 2014, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles without a prior warning at a house belonging to Jamal Mahmoud Abu Hashem in al-Sho’ut area in the south of Rafah.  The house, whose residents had already evacuated it, was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 17:05, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles without a prior warning at a house belonging to Mahmoud ‘Eid al-Hashash in al-Hashash neighborhood in the north of Rafah.  The house, whose residents had already evacuated it, was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 18:20, an Israeli drone launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Mohammed Suleiman Zannoun, a member of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas), in Kherbat al-‘Adas neighborhood in the north of Rafah.  Five minute later, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the house, destroying it.  Before the attack, Israeli forces phoned Zannoun’s brother to evacuate the house.

 

- At approximately 23:55, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles without a prior warning at a house belonging to Jihad Shaker al-Ghannam, a leader of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad), in al-Junaina neighborhood in the ast of Rafah. The house was completely destroyed and 9 Palestinian civilians, including 3 women, were wounded.

 

- At approximately 00:40 on Saturday, 12 July 2014, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles without a prior warning at a house belonging to Yasser Nabil Nattat in al-Sho’ut area in the south of Rafah.  The house was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 01:20, Israeli drones launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Ghaleb Kamel Mansour, a member of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas), in al-Junaina neighborhood in the east of Rafah.  An hour later, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the house completely destroying it. Before the attack, Israeli forces phoned Mansour’s wife to evacuate the house.

 

- At approximately 05:30, an Israeli drone launched 3 missiles without a prior warning at a 180-square-meter, 2-storey house belonging to Ahmed ‘Ezzat Abu Ahmed in al-Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah.  The house was partially destroyed and Mohammed Mohammed al-Houbi, 12, was wounded. Resident of the house had already evacuated it.

 

- At approximately 05:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the office of the Ministry of Labor in the center of Rafah. The office was completely destroyed.

 

- At approximately 07:30, Israeli drones launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Mohammed Jamal Timraz, a member of the Islamic Jihad, in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of Rafah.  Five minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  Before the attack, Israeli forces phoned a neighbor of Timraz to evacuate the house.

It should be noted that due to repeated Israeli attacks over the past few days, 2 clinics and 7 schools of UNRWA were extensively damaged.

PCHR reiterates condemnation, expresses utmost concern for these crimes, and:

 

1. Warns of deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in light of this continuous Israeli military escalation, threats to expand military operations, and the continued tightened closure of the Gaza Strip;

2. Calls upon the international community to act immediately to stop these crimes, and renews the call to the High Contracting Parties of the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligation under Article 1 of the Convention to ensure that it is respected at all times, and their responsibilities under Article 146 to pursue perpetrators of serious violations of the Convention, which are determined in Article 147, which lists violations of the Convention amounting to war crimes; and

3. Calls for establishing a UN fact-finding mission to investigate suspected war crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and take necessary steps to prosecute responsible for them. 

 

 



Offices of al-Salah Islamic Association in Khan Yunis refugee camp


‘Abdul Rahman al-‘Abadla’s house in Khan Yunis


Ahmed Killab’s house in Khan Yunis


Ismail al-Shami’s house in Gaza City


Sa’ad al-Semri’s house in Gaza City



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