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Wednesday, 02 July 2003 00:00

 

 

     Israeli Forces escalate war crimes in the OPT

 

 

5 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces

 

Israeli forces conducted a series of incursions into Palestinian areas

· 15 houses were destroyed in al-Mughraqa village and Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip

· Areas of agricultural land were razed in the northern Gaza Strip

· Indiscriminate shelling of Palestinian residential areas continued

· A number of Palestinian civilians were arrested

· Israeli forces continue to use Palestinian civilians as human shields in military operations 

 

Continued siege on Palestinian communities in the West Bank; the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip was temporarily partially lifted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

After the Palestinian and Israeli sides had concluded a security deal at the beginning of the week, Israeli occupying forces redeployed in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, ending a 2-month military siege. They also redeployed on the main roads linking the north and south of the Gaza Strip, and eased the closure of border crossings. Although local and international media reported these moves as if they were tangible achievements towards peace, the situation on the ground remains largely unchanged; Israeli occupying forces have continued to perpetrate widespread human rights violations against Palestinian civilians, including collective punishment, shelling of and incursions into Palestinian areas, house demolitions and agricultural land leveling and campaigns of arrest.  This week, 26 June – 2 July 2003, 5 Palestinians were killed and 10 were wounded by Israeli occupying forces.

 

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli occupying forces conducted 5 incursions into Palestinian areas. On 27 June 2003, Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with military vehicles and helicopters, invaded al-Mughraqa village, south of Gaza city. They destroyed 3 houses belonging to families of wanted Palestinians. Four Palestinians were killed in armed clashes with Israeli forces. On 26 June 2003, Israeli occupying forces moved into the northern Gaza Strip towns of Beit Hanoun and Jabalya; during the operations they destroyed 4 industrial establishments and 2 houses, and razed about 47 donums[1] of agricultural land. 

 

In an apparent willful killing, on 1 July 2003, Israeli occupying forces shot dead a Palestinian civilian near a military checkpoint, south of Tulkram. An Israeli military spokesman claimed that the victim had fired at Israeli soldiers, but eyewitnesses denied this claim.

 

Israeli occupying forces have maintained a total siege on the West Bank.  They have continued to isolate Palestinian communities from one another. This week, Israeli occupying forces slightly eased the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the current Intifada. However, they continued to restrict travel through Rafah Terminal and the prohibition on the travel of Palestinians between the ages of 16 and 35 remained in effect. They maintained the siege imposed on al-Mawasi area since the beginning of the current Intifada. At the time of writing, Israeli occupying forces have closed al-Matahen and Abu Houli military checkpoints on Salah al-Din Street (the main road between the north and south of the Gaza Strip), partitioning the strip into 3 isolated zones. The road had been opened on 30 June 2003 after the Palestinian-Israeli security agreement.

 

 

Shelling of, and Encroachment into, Palestinian Areas

 

Thursday, 26 June 2003

 

At midnight, an infantry unit of the Israeli occupying forces moved approximately 300m into al-Qarara village, northwest of Khan Yunis. Israeli soldiers raided the house of Yousef Hamdi ‘Abdul Qader al-Astal. They held the six residents of the house in one room and used the owner as a human shield while they were searching the house. Then, they set up a military post on the roof where they remained until 04:00 when they withdrew from the area. 

 

At the same time, another infantry unit of Israeli occupying forces moved approximately 500m into Boba’ area in the east of Deir al-Balah. Israeli soldiers raided the house of Mohammed Ahmed al-Louhl. They held the six residents of the house in one room and used the owner as a human shield while searching the house. Then, they mounted the roof and used it as a military post until 04:00 when they withdrew from the area. As they left the house, they arrested Yousef Ahmed al-Louh, 25, the owner’s brother. Israeli soldiers raided the house of ‘Aabed ‘Ouda al-Zore’ei and arrested his son, Anwar, 25.  They also raided the house of Suleiman Abu ‘Amra and arrested his son, Mohammed, 18. 

 

At approximately 09:00, Israeli occupying forces positioned in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun where they were enforcing the military siege on the area, demolished a number of industrial facilities and houses and razed areas of agricultural land near the industrial zone, south of the town:

 

1. They demolished a 18000-square-meter slab factory owned by Jamil 'Ali Hassan Abu Ghalyoun in which 42 workers used to work. 

2. They demolished a 600-square-meter, iron-roofed laundry and some machines owned by Sha'ban Isma'il 'Abdul Qader Lubbad.

3. They demolished a 1500-square-meter store for construction materials owned by Jihad Taha Saleh Abu Zour. 

4. They demolished a 350-square-meter house and razed a 7-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Maher 'Abdul Rahman Saleh al-'Amassi. 

5. They demolished an asbestos-roofed house owned by Salman Mo'attaq Abu 'Atiq, in which 12 people lived.

6. They demolished a 600-square-meter, iron-roofed bird farm owned by Akram Mustafa Mahmoud al-Tatari.

7. They razed a 6-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Mustafa Mahmoud al-Tatari. 

8. They razed a 2.5-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and a 16-square-meter store owned by Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Zayed. 

 

At approximately 11:00, Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles, including 2 bulldozers, moved approximately 2500m into Palestinian areas in the east of the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalya. They razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land and demolished a bird farm:

 

1. They razed a 12-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Sha'ban Mohammed Yousef Nabhan. 

2. They razed a 24-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by 'Abbas Jamil Kilani.

3. They razed a 2-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Safwat 'Abdul Majid Abu Ramadan. 

4. They demolished a 500-square-meter, iron-roofed bird farm owned by Khader Hassan Rabah Abu 'Ajwa.

 

At approximately 18:00, Israeli occupying forces positioned in Salah al-Din Street, west of Beit Hanoun, opened fire for no apparent reason at Palestinian houses in the town. Two Palestinian children were wounded as they stood near their homes:

 

1. Nirmin Subhi al-Masri, 13, wounded by a live bullet in the abdomen; and

2. Mohammed Subhi al-Masri, 14, wounded by a live bullet in the right leg. 

 

At approximately 20:30, Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into the Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. They opened fire, wounding two Palestinian children:

 

1. 'Abdul 'Aziz Yousef Barham, 16, wounded by a live bullet in the mouth; and

2. Khaled 'Abdul Salam Mohammed Salah, 10, wounded by a live bullet in the right hand. 

 

Friday, 27 June 2003

 

Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with about 25 military vehicles and 2 helicopters, invaded al-Mughraqa village, south of Gaza city. They destroyed 3 houses belonging to families of Palestinians allegedly wanted by Israel. Four residents of the houses exchanged fire with Israeli forces. Three were killed and a fourth was wounded and arrested. Another Palestinian was also killed by Israeli forces during the clashes. Israeli forces also shelled nearby homes and farm land. Israeli helicopter gunships fired missiles at an uninhabited house that belonged to a leader of the Hamas movement, partially destroying it. 

 

According to PCHR’s investigation, at approximately 04:00, Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with 25 tanks and military vehicles, 2 bulldozers and 2 helicopters, moved approximately 1500m into al-Mughraqa village near “Netzarim” settlement, south of Gaza city. They indiscriminately shelled the village. Israeli soldiers surrounded the houses of Zaki Mohammed al-Sa’idi and his son Mohammed. The son of the former, Zakaria Zaki al-Sa’idi, 22, who was apparently wanted by Israeli forces, was able to get out of the house and hide nearby. Israeli soldiers raided the two houses and used two of their residents as human shields while they searched the properties. An exchange of fire erupted between Israeli forces and the wanted son. He was shot dead. Then, Israeli soldiers forced the 16 residents of the two houses out. They planted explosives in the two houses and then destroyed them. 7 neighboring houses were also partially destroyed in the explosions. Israeli soldiers arrested Zaki Mohammed al-Sa’idi, 55, and his two sons, Akram, 21, and Suhaib, 18. The father was released later. 

 

Approximately 500m from that area, Israeli soldiers raided the house of Tayseer Mohammed Abu ‘Otaiwi and set up a military post. Other Israeli soldiers raided an uninhabited house owned by ‘Adnan Mahmoud al-Ghoul, a leader of the military wing of the Hamas movement, and the house of ‘Omran ‘Omar al-Ghoul, who was allegedly wanted by Israeli occupation authorities. ‘Omran, his brother Mahmoud, 19, and their relative, Mohammed ‘Adnan al-Ghoul, 17, were able to get out of the house and took shelter nearby. They exchanged gunfire with Israeli forces. ‘Omran and Mohammed were shot and killed. Mahmoud was wounded and arrested by Israeli soldiers. Then, Israeli soldiers forced the ten residents of ‘Omran’s house out and Israeli military bulldozers demolished it. An Israeli helicopter gunship launched 3 missiles at the house of ‘Adnan Mahmoud al-Ghoul. The house was severely damaged. 'Adnan al-Ghoul was subjected to an assassination attempt on 22 August 2001, in which his son, Bilal, was killed. 

 

During the incursion, a number of Palestinian fighters clashed with Israeli forces. One fighter, Mohammed Faraj Abu ‘Ataya, 26, was killed. Ambulances were not able to reach the area during the Israeli incursion, which continued until 07:30, due to Israeli gunfire. As they withdrew from the area, Israeli forces also destroyed an 8-meter-long fence of a workshop owned by Younis Mohammed al-Mamlouk. They also destroyed a 200-meter-long fence surrounding a tract of land owned by ‘Obaid Jaber Abu Hujair. 

 

Following are details of the houses that were destroyed by Israeli occupying forces during the incursion into al-Mughraqa village:

 

1. They totally destroyed a 150-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house owned by Zaki Mohammed al-Sa’idi, in which 11 people lived. 

2. They totally destroyed a 150-square-meter house owned by Mohammed Zaki al-Sa’idid, in which 5 people lived.

3. They totally destroyed a 200-square-meterhouse owned by ‘Omran ‘Omar al-Ghoul, in which 10 people lived. 

4. They partially destroyed a 150-square-meter uninhabited house owned by ‘Adnan Mahmoud al-Ghoul. 

5. They partially destroyed a 500-square-meter, asbestos-roofed uninhabited house owned by Nayef Sa’id al-Shayoukh. 

6. They partially destroyed a 150-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house owned by ‘Aatef Joma’a Abu Zhaher, in which 9 people live. 

7. They partially destroyed a 500-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house owned by Mahmoud Ahmed Abu Zahaher, in which 8 people live. 

8. They partially destroyed a 150-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house owned by Khamis Joma’a Abu Zhaher, in which 8 people live. 

9. They partially destroyed a 250-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house owned by Mohammed Joma’a Abu Zhaher, in which 10 people live. 

10. They partially destroyed a 200-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house owned by ‘Atwa Salem Abu Howaish, in which 10 people live. 

11. They partially destroyed a 350-square-meter, iron-roofed uninhabited house owned by Falah Salah al-Ghamri. 

12. They partially destroyed a 150-square-meter house owned by ‘Abdul Qader ‘Abdul Latif Zahra, in which 10 people (2 families) live. 

At approximately 23:00, Israeli occupying forces in military locations in the vicinity of “Tal Qatif” settlement, northwest of Deir al-Balah, fired 3 flare bombs over al-Birka area in the south of the town. Two flare bombs fell onto 2 Palestinian houses, damaging them:

 

1. A 300-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house owned by Samir ‘Aamer Abu Sa’ad, in which 12 people live; and

2. A 350-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house owned by ‘Abdul Ra’ouf Mohammed ‘Awad, in which 14 people live. 

 

The third bomb fell into the street. 

 

Saturday, 28 June 2003

 

At approximately 17:00, Israeli occupying forces in military locations positioned in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis, opened fire at Khan Yunis refugee camp and the nearby al-Nimsawi neighborhood. Three Palestinians civilians, including a man and his wife, were wounded:

1. Jamal Tawfiq Mahmoud al-Sheikh Salama, 41, wounded by shrapnel in the chest and the left shoulder;

2. Fathiya Sa’id al-Sheikh Salama, 41, wounded by shrapnel in the left side; and

3. Adham Mohammed Abu Mor, 17, wounded by shrapnel in the right side. 

 

Sunday, 29 June 2003

 

At approximately 00:45, Israeli occupying forces in military locations at the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at Palestinian houses and farms in ‘Abasan village. Two Palestinian civilians were wounded:

1. Hussam Zuhair ‘Awadh Abu Latifa, 17, wounded by 2 live bullets in the abdomen and the left arm; and

2. Isma’il Mustafa Mohammed ‘Aashour, 14, wounded by shrapnel in the left arm.

 

Shooting at Palestinian Civilians

 

Thursday, 26 June 2003

 

At approximately 15:00, Israeli occupying forces positioned at the entrance of Tubas village, southeast of Jenin, opened fire at a number of Palestinian children who were threwing stones at the soldiers. 'Ammar Ghaleb Sawafta, 14, was wounded by a live bullet in the right hand. 

 

Saturday, 28 June 2003

 

At approximately 04:00, Israeli occupying forces in a military location near al-Matahen checkpoint, north of Khan Yunis, opened fire at Palestinian civilians and cars near the checkpoint, as they were waiting to cross. Samir Yousef Abu Jazar, 28, from Rafah, was wounded by a live bullet in the leg. 

 

Tuesday, 1 July 2003

 

In an apparent willful killing, Israeli soldiers at a military checkpoint south of Tulkarm shot dead a Palestinian civilian who was attempting to cross the checkpoint. According to information available to PCHR, at approximately 07:00, Nemer Taher Mousa Jayousi, 19, from Tulkarm, was on his way from Tulkarm to his work in al-Kafriyat area, south of the town. When he crossed an Israeli military checkpoint there, 2 Israeli soldiers moved towards him. One of the soldiers fired 3 live bullets at him without prior warning, killing him. Israeli forces kept his body for 2 hours. Later, the body was taken to a hospital in Tulkarm. According to medical sources, the victim was shot in the back and the neck. An Israeli military spokesman claimed that Jayousi had opened fire at Israeli soldiers, but eyewitnesses denied this claim. 

 

At approximately 17:00, Israeli soldiers in a military location known as "al-Nouria," located between "Gani Tal" and "Neve Dekalim" settlement, west of Khan Yunis, opened fire at a number of Palestinian children who were playing football in a nearby yard. Two Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded:

 

1. Yousef Faraj Mohammed Abu Jazar, 8, wounded by a live bullet in the right knee; and

2. Ashraf 'Aamer Abu Mousa, 32, wounded by a live bullet in the head. 

 

At approximately 18:30, Israeli soldiers in a military location located near a military checkpoint between Deir al-Balah and Khan Yunis, known as "Aloni," fired 3 live bullets at a group of 6 Palestinian children who were walking approximately 700m away. One of the children, Mohammed Khalil al-Lahham, 15, was wounded by a live bullet in the left foot. 

 

PCHR calls:

 

1. Upon the international community to provide immediate and independent international protection for the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

2. Upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to take immediate effective measures to protect Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, in accordance with their obligations under article 1 and article 146, to ensure respect for the Convention.

3. Upon the international community to investigate and prosecute before international courts those believed to have committed, or ordered to be committed, war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

4. Upon the ICRC to enhance its presence, expand its activities, and intensify its field operations throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

5. Upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the Euro-Israeli Association Agreement, which provides that Israel must respect human rights.

6. Upon the international community to provide humanitarian and medical assistance for the Palestinian people, whose living conditions are continuing to deteriorate as a result of the continued siege imposed by Israeli occupation forces on the entire Occupied Palestinian Territories.

 

“END”

 

 

 

 

Public Document

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[1] 1 donum equals 1000 square meters. 

 

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