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Israeli Offensive on Gaza Continues for the Second Consecutive Day: Houses Destroyed While Residents inside; Palestinian Deaths Rise to 22, Including 6 Children 3 Women, and 255 Wounded, Including 107 Children and 64 Women; and 29 Houses Destroyed

Ref: 77/2014


In the course of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has
been ongoing for the second consecutive, Israeli warplanes and gunboats
launched intensive attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, targeting houses,
civilian facilities, members and training sites of armed groups.  From Tuesday noon, 08 July 2014, up to 10:00
on Wednesday, 09 July 2014, 22 Palestinians have been killed, 17 of whom are
civilians, including 6 children and 3 women. Eights of these victims, including
6 children, were killed in a house that was targeted by Israeli warplanes, and
6 victims, including 3 women, were killed in front of their house that was
targeted by Israeli warplanes. Israeli warplanes have launched 343 airstrikes
using 429 missiles on targets throughout the Gaza Strip. 

Abu Tair’s house in al-Fukhari area in Khan Yunis


The latest developments since the press release issued by PCHR
yesterday noon, 08 July 2014, have been as follows:




Israeli warplanes have launched 95 airstrikes using 130 missiles
targeting houses, agricultural plots, open areas, tunnels at the Egyptian
border and training sites of Palestinian armed groups in the southern Gaza
Strip town of Rafah.  Israeli ground and
naval forces have also fired dozens of shells at various areas in the
city.  As a result of these attacks,
Abdul Hadi Jum’a al-Soufi, 24, a member of a Palestinian armed group, was
killed and 26 Palestinians were wounded, including 10 children and 6
women.  Additionally, 7 houses belonging
to the families of al-Sha’er, al-Masri, al-Ra’ei, al-Barahma, Mansour and
al-Hams were destroyed.  

Khan Yunis:


Israeli warplanes have launched 74 airstrikes using 80 missiles
targeting 9 houses, 2 minarets of mosques, an agricultural plot and
paramilitary sites in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis. The attack on
a house, around and inside which dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered,
killed 8 civilians, including 6 children, and wounded 28 others, including 19
children and a woman.  The victims’
bodies were recovered from the debris of the destroyed house and from nearby
roads. According to investigations conducted by PCHR concerning this crimes, at
approximately 14:55 on Tuesday, 08 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile
at a 180-square-meter, 3-storey house belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Kaware, in
which 5 families comprised of 21 individuals live, in Jouret al-Lout area in
Khan Yunis.  Residents of the house
immediately left it and stayed 10 meters away. 
A large number of Palestinian civilians living in the area fathered
inside and around the house to protect it, but Israeli warplanes disregard the
presence of such high number of civilians, and fired a missile at the
northwestern side of the house and destroyed it.  As a result, 7 Palestinian civilians, including
5 children, were instantly killed, and 28 others, including 19 children and a
woman, were wounded.  At approximately
20:00, a child died of wounds he sustained in this attack. The victims were
identified as:

1. ‘Ammar
Mohammed Jouda, 18;

2. Hussein
Yousef Hussein Kaware’, 13;

3. Mohammed
Ibrahim ‘Ouda Kaware’, 50;

4. Bassem
Salem Kaware’, 10;

5. Mohammed
Faraj ‘Ata Kaware’, 12;

6. Abdullah
Mohammed Ahmed Kaware’, 12;

7. Qassem
Jaber ‘Edwan Kaware’, 12; and

8. Siraj
Eyad Abdul ‘Aal, 8. 


The other houses that were attacked belong to the families of
al-Shawaf, al-Braim, al-Sinwar, Abu Taha, al-Sha’er, Kaware’ and Abu Tair.


Additionally, at least 30 Palestinians, including a woman, were
wounded in other attacks against Khan Yunis.


The Central Gaza Strip:


Israeli warplanes have launched 20 airstrikes using 30 missiles
targeting houses, agricultural lands, open areas and members of Palestinian
armed groups. As a result of these attacks, a Palestinian civilian and a member
of an armed group were killed, and 65 Palestinians, including 27 women and 17
children, were wounded.  Four houses were
also destroyed.  The two Palestinians who
were killed were identified as:

1. Salman
Salama Abu Sawawin, 36, who was killed while riding a motorbike in Wadi
al-Salqa village as Israeli forces fired a number of artillery shells at the
area; and

2. Rashad
al-Din Abdul Rahman Yassin, 28, a member of a Palestinian armed group, who was
directly targeted by an Israeli missile when he was on an agricultural plot.


Israeli warplanes also destroyed a house belonging to the Abu
Khater family in al-Nussairat refugee camp, another one belonging to the
al-Tayeb family in al-Boreij refugee camp, and the Abu Tamma’a family in Deir
al-Balah.  An adjacent house was also
destroyed, and dozens of nearby houses were heavily damaged.


Gaza City:


Israeli warplanes launched 42 airstrikes using 75 missiles
targeting houses, civilians, members of and sites Palestinian armed groups,
agricultural lands and open areas. As a result of these attacks, 5
Palestinians, including 3 civilians, were killed and 17 civilians, including 3
children and a woman, were wounded. 
Three houses were also destroyed.


The two civilian victims were killed when an Israeli warplane
launched 2 missiles at a motor cart they were riding in al-Shja’iya
neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. 
They were identified as: Mohammed ‘Aahed Mohammed Habeeb, 24; and Ahmed
Mousa Khalaf Habeeb, 51.


The three Palestinian activists were killed when Israeli warplanes
fired 2 missiles at the car in which they were traveling in al-Wihda Street in
the center of Gaza City.  They were
identified as:

1. Mohammed
Sa’id Ahmed Sha’ban, 24, from the northern Gaza Strip;

2. Khader
Hussein Ibrahim al-Bashliqi, 45, from al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of
Gaza City; and

3. Amjad
Juma’a Sa’id Sha’ban, 30, from the northern Gaza Strip.


The houses that were destroyed belong to the families of al-Mamlouk
and al-Haddad.  Additionally, Ansar
governmental complex in the west of Gaza City was extensively damaged.


The Northern Gaza Strip:


Israeli warplanes have launched 112 airstrikes using 114 missiles
targeting houses, civilians, agricultural plots, open areas and training sites
of Palestinian armed group.  As a result
of these attacks, 8 Palestinians were killed and 89 others, including 29
children and 20 women, were wounded.  Six
houses were completely destroyed. 


Six civilians, including 3 women, were killed when an Israeli
warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Abdul Hafez Hamad, a leader
of Islamic Jihad. Hamad, his mother, his wife, his two brothers and his niece
were killed when they were near the house: Rasmiya Khalil Mahmoud Hamad, 67;
Mahdi Mohammed Hamad, 40; Abdul Hafez Mohammed Hamad, 38; Ibrahim Mohammed
Hamad, 35; and Suha Hamad Hamad, 35. 
Additionally, 5 members of the same family, including 3 children and a
woman, were wounded.


The other Palestinians who were killed were identified as:

1. Fakher
‘Aaref al-‘Ajjouri, 22, who was killed when a cart he was riding was targeted;

2. Ahmed
Nizar Mahdi, 15, who was killed when Israeli warplanes attacked a number of
children who were playing in Jabalya. 


The targeted houses belong to the families of Abu Jarad, Shabat,
Rajab, Abu ‘Ajina, Salman and Abu ‘Ouda.


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; and

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. 


Kaware’s house in Khan Yunis

Kaware’s house in Khan Yunis

Fahmis al-Mamlouk’s house in Gaza City

house of the Abu Taha family in Khan Yunis


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