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IOF Continue the Offensive on the Gaza Strip: Civilian Deaths Rise to 10, Including 6 Children, and 253 Others, Including 62 Children, Wounded

Ref: 126/2012




Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have continued the offensive on the
Gaza Strip.  Over the past 24 hours, IOF
have intensified aerial, marine and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip.  The number of Palestinians who have been
killed has mounted to 19, including 10 civilians.  The civilian victims include 6 children and a
woman.  Additionally, 257 Palestinians,
including 253 civilians, have been wounded – this number includes 62 children
and 42 women.  The latest development
since the press release issued by PCHR yesterday noon have been as follows:


The Northern Gaza Strip:


IOF have launched 130 airstrikes targeting agricultural areas in
the vicinity of houses, and paramilitary training sites.  As a result of these attacks, 3 Palestinian
civilians, including two children, have been killed, and 66 others, including
63 civilians, were wounded – this number includes 16 children and 6 women.  Additionally, a number of houses and a mosque
have been damaged. 


At approximately 22:30 on Thursday, 15 November 2012, Odai Jamal
Nasser, 15, and Fares Ahmed al-Basyouni, 8, were killed while they were inside
their houses, which are located a few meter away from an agricultural plot
belonging to the Shabat family which was hit by an Israeli missile in al-Wad
area in Beit Hanoun town.  Additionally,
22 Palestinian civilians, including 14 children and 3 women, were wounded. 


Earlier, at noon, Marwan Abdul Rahman Mohammed Abu al-Qumsan, 42,
an UNRWA teacher, was killed when IOF bombarded a space area near Nour al-Huda
Mosque in al-Israa neighborhood in the southeast of Beit Lahia town.  He had been visiting the house of his
brother, Radwan, 76, who was also seriously wounded.


Gaza City:


Israeli warplanes launched dozens of air strikes on Gaza City,
targeting governmental buildings, civilian property and other objects.  The most significant targets was the building
of the Civil Department of the Ministry of Interior in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood
in the south of the City.  The building
was totally destroyed and a number of nearby buildings and houses were heavily
damaged.  Israeli fighter jets bombarded
also the building of the Collection and Inspection Center of Gaza Municipality
near Abu Mazen Square.  The building was
completely destroyed and a number of nearby houses and buildings were heavily
damaged.  Israeli fighter jets further
bombarded a plot belonging to an ecclesiastic center near the Roots Restaurant in
the southwest of Gaza City. 


Additionally, Israeli gunboats bombarded an electricity transmitter
near the house of Prime Minister Ismail Haniya in the Beach camp.  A number of houses and a civilian car were
heavily damaged.


On Thursday evening, 15 November 2012, 10-month-old Haneen Khaled
Ahmed Tafesh died of wounded she had sustained in the head when an Israeli
warplane bombarded her family’s house in al-Zaytoun neighborhood.  Her mother and another two persons were
wounded in the same attack.


On Friday morning, 16 November 2012, Kamal Mohammed Murad Maqat,
23, died from a heart attack, when IOF bombarded a plot located near his house
in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood.  


As a result of Israeli airstrikes, 60 Palestinian civilians,
including 10 women and 13 children, have been wounded.


The Central Gaza Strip:


IOF have launched 21 airstrikes targeting agricultural plots, space
areas and paramilitary training sites. 
As a result of these attacks, 4 Palestinian civilians, including two
children and a woman, were injured, and a number of houses and a school have
been extensively damaged.


Khan Yunis:


IOF have launched 18 airstrikes on Khan Yunis.  The targets included a house belonging to
Mohammed al-Sinwar, a leader of the Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing
of Hamas) in al-Satar al-Gharbi area in the north of Khan Yunis, which was
completely destroyed.  Additionally, 5 nearby
houses and the buildings of the Youth Dawn Association and al-Jaleel
Association were heavily damaged, while a Palestinian civilian was injured when
a wall collapsed over him while he was sleeping.  As a result of other attacks, an UNRWA clinic
in the west of the town was heavily damaged, and 4 civilians, including two
children, were wounded.


On Thursday evening, two-year-old Waleed Mahmoud al-Abadla died of
wound he had sustained throughout the body, when IOF bombarded a farmland near
his family’s house, where he was playing, in al-Qarara village, northeast of
Khan Yunis, in the morning.




IOF have launched 18 airstrikes on various areas in Rafah,
targeting agricultural plots, space areas and paramilitary training sites.  The Israeli artillery also shelled the town


Seven Palestinian civilians, including 5 members of the Fouju
family (a man, his wife and their three children), were wounded while they were
inside their houses when an Israeli missile hit Zourob Square in the west of
the town on Thursday evening, 15 November 2012. 


Dozens of houses and public facilities have been extensively


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


1- Warns
of deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in light of
this new Israeli military escalation and the tightened closure.

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.    















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