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IOF Escalate Attacks against the Gaza Strip;Secretary General and 4 Leaders of PRC and a Child Extra-Judicially Executed and Several Civilian Targets Bombarded PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 August 2011 13:00

 

Ref: 86/2011

In the past 24 hours, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have launched a series of air strikes against civilian-populated areas in the Gaza Strip. These attacks began with extra-judicially executing Kamal al-Nairab, Secretary General of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), 4 PRC leaders and a two-year-old child of one of them in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. Other air strikes lightly injured 23 Palestinians, including 7 children, 6 women and 3 police officers.

 

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), the air strikes were as follows:

 

At approximately 16:50 on Thursday, 18 August 2011, Israeli warplanes fired two missiles targeting a number of leaders of the PRC and its armed wing, Nasser Saladin Brigades, who were in the garden of a house belonging to Khaled Hamad Sha'at opposite to Ali Ben Abi Taleb Mosque in Block J (al-Sho'ut) area in Rafah refugee camp. As a result of the attack, 5 PRC leaders and a child of one of them were killed:

 

1- Kamal 'Awadh Mohammed al-Nairab (Abu 'Awadh), 43, PRC Secretary General;

2- 'Emad 'Abdul Karim 'Abdul Khaliq Hammad, 40, the leader of Nasser Saladin Brigades;

3- 'Emad al-Din Na'im Sayed Nasser, 46, a member of Nasser Saladin Brigades;

4- Khaled Ibrahim Salman al-Masri, 26, a member of Nasser Saladin Brigades;

5- Khaled Hamad Sha'at, 32, the leader of manufacturing unit of Nasser Saladin Brigades; and

6- Malek Khaled Hamad Sha'at, 2.

 

This attack came a few hours following armed attacks in the southern Israeli city of Eilat near the Egyptian border, which left 8 Israelis and 7 attackers killed, and injured a number of other Israelis, according to Israeli media reports. IOF admitted responsibility of the extra-judicial execution; Avichai Adraee, IOF spokesman, stated the IOF targeted senior PRC leaders "as a first step in response to the attack in Eilat." The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated in a press conference he held to comment on Eilat attack that "the leaders of the organization responsible for the attack are no longer alive." He appreciated Israeli military commanders and the Internal Security Services (ISS) who "liquidated senior leaders of the organization responsible for the attack in Eilat," as he claimed. 

 

At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 19 August 2011, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at an 800-square-meter, 6-storey vacant governmental building to the west of al-Katiba Yard in the west of Gaza City. As a result, the western part of the building was destroyed and at least 23 Palestinians, including 7 children, 6 women and 3 police officers were lightly injured. A number of nearby apartment buildings were also damaged. Additionally, buildings of 4 governmental institutions were damaged: Ministry of Justice; General Personnel Council; Police Command of Gaza City; and the Governmental Media Office. Offices of seven civil organizations were damaged as well: Coastal Municipalities Water Utility; Jawaharlal Nehru Library of al-Azhar University; Future Palestine for Children; Arts Village of the Municipality of Gaza; al-Dameer Association for Human Rights; Palestinian Center for Human Communication; and Applied Future Polytechnic. Moreover, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, 8 shops and Tarazi Fuel Company were damaged.

 

At approximately 01:30, an Israeli helicopter gunships fired two missiles at a training site of the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in the northeast of Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip. Fire broke out in the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

Also at approximately 01:30, Israeli warplanes bombarded a space area in al-Najjar quarter in Khuza'a village, east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis. The bombardment me a large crater in the area and damaged two tin-made rooms belonging to the al-Najjar family. Additionally, glass of a mosque and a number of houses was broken, and a number of water tanks were damaged.

 

At approximately 02:05, Israeli warplanes fired at least ones missile at a tunnel in al-Salam neighborhood at the Palestinian-Egyptian border, south of Rafah. Nearly 10 minutes later, they fired a missile at another tunnel in Yibna refugee camp in the south of Rafah. No casualties were reported.

 

Also at approximately 02:05, Israeli warplanes bombarded al-Qadisiya site of the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in the west of Khan Yunis. No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 11:20, an Israeli warplane fired two missiles at the sewage treatment plant of the Municipality of al-Nussairat near Gaza Power Plant in the north of al-Nussairat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. The plant was destroyed, two civilian bystanders were wounded and electricity supplies were cut from al-Nasser Street, al-Mughraqa village and al-Nussairat refugee camp.

 

At approximated 11:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a deserted house in the northeast of al-Zawaida village in the central Gaza Strip. The house was destroyed and dozens of nearby houses, but no casualties were reported.

 

Also at approximately 11:30, Israeli warplanes bombarded a site of the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in Ermadia area in Bani Suhaila village, east of Khan Yunis. No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 07:00, an Israeli drone fired two missiles at al-Zaytoun Clinic road in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. One of the missiles hit the southeastern fence of the roof of a 250-square-meter, 5-storey house belonging to sons of the late Hussein Nemes Sbaih. Thirty five individuals, including 25 children, live in the house. As a result of the attack, the fence was partially destroyed and Bilal Hassan Sbaih, 35; Anas Khaled Sbaih, 4; and Ramez Bilal Sbaih, 5, were shocked. The other missile hit the roof of a 200-square-meter, 3-storey house belonging to Zuhair Khalil al-Ayoubi, 67, in which 25 individuals, including 10 children, live. Two water boilers, 3 water tanks and the roof of the house were damaged.

 

PCHR strongly condemns these crimes, and:

 

1- Emphasizes that the extra-judicial execution constitutes a war crime, and views Netanyahu's admission of the attack and appreciation for those who carried it out as an evidence of the involvement of the head of the Israeli government in violations of the international law, making him legally accountable;

 

2- Stresses that targeting houses, densely-populated areas and civilian targets reflects IOF's disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians, and warns of more escalation of crimes against Palestinian civilians and their property in light of statements and threats launched by Israeli political and military leaders, which will bring about more victims in the Gaza Strip;

 

3- Points out that crimes committed by IOF constitutes acts or reprisal and collective punishment in violation of Article 33 of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War; and

 

4- Believes that the failure of the international community, particularly the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, to effectively act to stop crimes committed by IOF serves to encourage Israel and IOF to commit more crimes against Palestinian civilians and their property. The legal protection provided by the United States to Israel, and deliberate obstruction of the application of international humanitarian law, in addition to the conspiracy of silence practiced by European States towards crimes committed against Palestinian civilians do not only place Israel above the international humanitarian law, but also encourage it to unrestrictedly commit more crimes against Palestinian civilians. 

 



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