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117/2014

Time:
07:00 GMT

 

More Bodies of Victims Recovered from Debris of Homes;

Electricity off for 6th Consecutive Day in Gaza City;

Warnings of Diseases Due to Lack of Electricity and Water Supplies
and Spread of Garbage in Streets

 

Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza:

1,888 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 1,586
Are Civilians, Including 477 Children and 235 Women, and 7,815 Others Wounded,
Mostly Civilians, Including 2,079 Children and 1,398 Women;

791 Houses Targeted and Destroyed and Thousands of Others Extensively Damaged;

Thousands of Palestinians Forcibly
Displaced

 

Israeli occupation forces have
continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 28th
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, and in violation of the principles of
necessity, proportionality and distinction.
Israeli
forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza
Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities.
Israeli forces escalated their attacks throughout the Gaza Strip. Israeli
forces continued to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, the ground and the
sea.  More Palestinian civilians were
killed or wounded as Israeli warplanes bombarded houses while their residents
were inside.  In Rafah, an Israeli drone
fired a missile that land a few meters away from an UNRWA shelter, which hosts
at least 300 civilians.  The attack
killed 11 civilians, including 5 children. 
A PCHR field worker who visited Khuza’a village, east of Kahn Yunis,
reported that he saw bomb whose length is 210 cm and its diameter is 70 cm,
which was dropped by Israeli warplanes in the past days destroying 15 houses at
once in Abu Rujaila quarter in the village.  

 

Electricity supplies have been off
in the Gaza Strip for the 7th consecutive day.  Municipalities face extreme difficulties in
their work due to the lack of fuel supplies and because if Israeli
attacks.  These developments raise
concerns regarding public health in Gaza Strip, which is one of the most
densely populated areas in the world. 
The crisis has further aggravated as at least 520,000 civilians were
forcibly displaced from their homes, and were forced to resort to shelters in
the centers of towns and refugee camps.

 

Although Israeli forces redeployed in some areas, PCHR field
workers have been unable to collect information from border areas in the Gaza
Strip, because the situation is extremely dangerous in these areas.  The
following details are based on the information which the field workers have
been able to collect.

 

From 10:00 Sunday, 03 August 2014, to
10:00 on Monday, 04 August 2014, according to what PCHR has been able to document,
53 Palestinians, 23 of whom are civilians, including 15 children and a woman, were
killed, and 282 others, including 70 children and 49 women, were wounded.  Medical crews were able to recover the bodies
of 11 Palestinians, including a child and woman.  Seven Palestinians, 6 of whom are civilians,
including 2 women and a child, died of previous wounds.  Additionally, Israeli warplanes destroyed 16
houses, an apartment building and 3 mosques.

 

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

 

The Northern Gaza Strip:

 

Israeli
forces launched 26 airstrikes while Israeli tanks and gunboats fired dozens of
artillery shells targeting houses, agricultural plots, open areas and a
mosque.  As a result of these attacks, 21
Palestinians, 15 of whom are civilians, including 5 children and a woman, were
killed, and 114 others, including 32 children and 24 women, were wounded.  Israeli forces also targeted and destroyed 5
houses, and damaged some others.

 

The
most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 10:05 on Sunday, 03 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile
at a house belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Nussair in Beit Lahia housing
project.  Five minutes later, the Israeli
drone fired another missile at the house. 
As a result, the  owners’ son,
Khalil, 27, was seriously wounded, when he was attempting to get out of the
house.  When Palestinian civilians and
ambulances rushed to the house to save the family, Israeli warplanes bombarded
and destroyed the house.  As a result,
‘Aahed Sa’id Basr, 20, was killed, and 23 others, including 12 children and 2
women, were wounded. An ambulance of the Ministry of Health and 8 houses were
extensively damaged.  At approximately
13:00, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared that Fares Ahmed
Dawod, 21, died of the wounds he sustained when he was attempting to save the
family.

 

 At
approximately 12:30, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared
that Nour Bahjat Wahdan, 2, died of wounds she had stained when Israeli
warplanes bombarded a house belonging to Jameel Abu al-Qumsan in Jabalya in the
early morning.

 

 At
approximately 14:30, an Israeli drone attacked a members of a Palestinian armed
group in Mas’oud Street in Jabalya, killing one of them and wounding another
one, who died of his wounds at approximately 23:30.

 

 At
approximately 15:35, Israeli warplanes bombarded a house belonging to Mahmoud
‘Abdul Hadi al-Majdalawi in Be’r al-Na’ja area in Jabalya.  As a result, 5 Palestinian civilians,
including 3 children, were killed: Mahmoud ‘Abdul Hadi al-Majdalawi, 24; ‘Abdul
Raziq ‘Abdul Hadi al-Majdalawi, 19; ‘Abdullah ‘Abdul Hadi al-Majdalawi, 13;
Rawan Ahmed al-Majdalawi, 9; and Mahmoud Ahmed al-Majdalawi, 8.  Seven civilians, including 2 children and a
woman, were also wounded.

 

 At
approximately 16:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-Tawba Mosque in
Jabalya refugee camp, damaging it.

 

 At
approximately 17:30, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared
that ‘Ezzat Khamis Junaid, 18, died of wounded he sustained by Israeli
artillery shelling in Jabalya on 29 July 2014.

 

 At
approximately 19:40, an Israeli drone attacked members of a Palestinian armed
group near al-Khuzondar gas station in the west of Jabalya, killing 2 of them.

 

 At
approximately 20:50, Israeli warplanes bombarded a house belonging to Mohammed
‘Abdul Karim Abu Nejem, 55, near al-Tawba Mosque in Jabalya refugee camp,
without a prior warning.  The house was
destroyed and Abu Nejem; his sons: Bilal, 27; Ahmed, 117; and Mohammed, 21;
Suha Hamed al-Masri, 30; Raghad Mohammed al-Masri, 3; Shaima’ Wa’el Qassem, 14;
Qassem Mohammed Qassem, 30; and 2 members of a Palestinian armed group were
killed.  Additionally, 22 civilians,
including 10 children and 3 women, were also wounded.

 

 At
approximately 03:45 on Monday, 04 August 2014, an Israeli drone attacked a
member of a Palestinian armed group who was riding a motorbike near Haifa
Mosque in Jabalya refugee camp.  When a
number of Palestinian civilians attempted to offer him first aid, the Israeli
drone fired a missile at them, wounding 2.

 

 At
approximately 08:00, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared
that Wadi’a Mohammed al-Zain, 29, died of wounds she had sustained by Israeli
artillery shelling in Jabalya on 29 July 2014.

 

 Israeli
warplanes targeted and destroyed 5 Palestinian houses.   

 

Gaza City:

 

Israeli
warplanes launched a number of airstrikes that targeted houses, agricultural
plots, open areas, civilian facilities and a mosque, while Israeli tanks and
gunboats fired dozens of shells at the city. 
As a result of these attacks, 9 Palestinians, including a civilian, were
killed, and 15 others, including 3 children, were wounded.  Israeli forces also destroyed 2 houses, and
auto repair workshop and a mosque, and damaged an apartment building.

 

The
most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 10:15 on Sunday, 03 August 2014, Israeli tanks fired 10 shells at
al-Zafer Building 9 near al-Saraya area, targeting the upper 5 floors.  The shelling caused extensive damage.

 

 At
approximately 11:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house
belonging to ‘Aadel ‘Eissa Abu ‘Abdullah, in which 2 families live, in Sheikh
Radwan neighborhood, following a warning phone call.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane
launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  A number of neighboring houses were damaged.

 

 At
approximately 17:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house
belonging to Ahmed Marzouq al-Ghefari, which is used as a store, in al-Nafaq
Street.  The house was destroyed.

 

 Also
at approximately 17:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a member of a
Palestinian armed group in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, killing him.

 

 At
approximately 00:05 on Monday, 04 August 2014, an Israeli warplane fired a
missile at Sabri Mustafa ‘Atallah, 22, when he was at the door of his house in
al-Sahaba Street in al-Daraj neighborhood. 
He was instantly killed.

 

 At
approximately 00:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at members of a
Palestinian armed group near al-Tawhid Mosque in al-Zarqa area, killing 4 of
them.

 

  At approximately 01:00, an Israeli warplane
launched a missile at al-Rebat Mosque in al-Zaytoun neighborhood, destroying
it.

 

 Also
at approximately 01:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at members of a
Palestinian armed group in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, killing 2 of them.

 

 At
approximately 03:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a member of a
Palestinian armed group in al-Nasser neighborhood, killing him.

 

 At
approximately 02:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a
700-square-meter auto repair workshop belonging to Ra’ed Mousa al-Ghefari.  The workshop was destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 04:00, Israeli gunboats fired a number of shells at Gaza fishing
harbor, causing damage.

 

The Central Gaza Strip:

 

Israeli warplanes launched 7 airstrikes and tanks fired
dozens of shells at houses, agricultural plots, open areas and a mosque.  As a result of these attacks, 2 Palestinian
militants were killed, and 6 Palestinians, including 3 children and woman, were
wounded.  Medical crews also recovered
bodies of 2 sisters from the debris of their destroyed house.  Additionally, Israeli warplanes targeted 4
houses, destroying 2 of them, and damaged 2 mosques.

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 12:00 on Sunday, 03 August 2014, medical crews recovered the
bodies of Safa’ ‘Atwa Khattab 23, and her sister Dalia, 15, from the debris of
their house that was destroyed by Israeli warplanes in Deir al-Balah.

 

 At
approximately 11:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to
Maqboul Salama Abu Mashi, in which 9 people live, in Deir al-Balah.  The house was partially destroyed and 4
Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and a woman, were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 15:20, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 3-storey house
belonging to Jum’a Khalil Khattab, in which 8 people live, in al-Nussairat
refugee camp.  The house was partially
destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 17:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at 2 members of a
Palestinian armed group in al-Nussairat refugee camp, killing them.  A child in the area was wounded.

 

 At
approximately 01:30 on Monday, 04 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile
a 5-storey house belonging to ‘Abdul Bari Mahmoud Zamzam, in which 50 people
live.  A few minutes later, an Israeli
warplane launched 2 missiles at the house and destroyed it.

 

 At
approximately 02:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-Ihsan Mosque in
al-Nussairat refugee camp, damaging it.

 

 At
approximately 09:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-Qassam Mosque in
al-Nussairat refugee camp, damaging it.

 

Khan Yunis:

 

Israeli warplanes launched a number of airstrikes and tanks
and gunboats fired shells at agricultural plots, houses and cars in Khan
Yunis.  As a result of these attacks, 4 Palestinians,
including a civilian, were killed. Medical crews also recovered the bodies of
10 Palestinians, including a woman, from Khuza’a and ‘Abassan villages.  Additionally, 90 Palestinians, including 18
children and 21 women, all of them from Rafah, were evacuated to Nasser
Hospital in Kahn Yunis, as they were wounded by Israeli attacks. Israeli
warplanes also targeted and destroyed 3 houses.

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 11:40 on Sunday, 03 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile
at a 3-storey house belonging to Fathi Hassan al-Ghalban, in which 22 people
live.  A few minutes later, an Israeli
warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  As a result, Tayseer Yousef al-Jerjawi, 22,
was wounded, and he died of his wound a few hours later.

 

 At
approximately 13:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at 2 members of a
Palestinian armed group in the west of Khan Yunis, killing one of them and wounding
the other one.

 

 At
approximately 14:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 3-storey house
belonging to ‘Emad Mohammed al-‘Adini, in which 18 people live, in al-Mahatta
area in the center of Khan Yunis.  A few
minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and
destroyed it.

 

 At
approximately 16:50, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a 2-storey house
belonging to Sameer ‘Ali Abu Khater, in which 30 people live, in Bani Suhaila
village, east of Khan Yunis, after a warning phone call.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane
launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

 

 At
approximately 18:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural
plot in Abu Haddaf quarter in al-Qarara village.  At the same time, an Israeli warplane
launched a missile as an olive field in al-Satar al-Gharbi.

 

 At
approximately 02:00 on Monday, 04 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile
at al-Nimsawi neighborhood in the west of Kahn Yunis.  As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians were
wounded, and a number of houses were damaged.

 

 In
the morning, medical crews recovered the bodies of a woman and 9 members of
Palestinian armed groups from the debris of destroyed homes in Khuza’a and
‘Abassan villages.  The woman was
identified as Ghalia al-‘Abed Abu Raida.

 

 In
the morning, medical sources declared that Zainab Ahmed Abu Tair, 77, died of
wounds she sustained a few days ago.

 

 At
approximately 06:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an office of
al-Multazem Insurance Company on the first floor of al-Batta building in Jalal
Street in the center of Khan Yunis.  The
office was damaged.

 

 At
approximately 08:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at members of a
Palestinian armed group in al-Qarara village, killing 2 of them.

 

Rafah

 

Since Friday morning, 01 August 2014, Israeli forces have committed
unprecedented crimes in Rafah. During the reporting period, Israeli warplanes launched
50 airstrikes and tanks violently shelled the city.  As a result of these attacks, 18 Palestinians,
17 are civilians, including 10 children, were killed.  The body of a Palestinian child was recovered
from the debris of his family’s house that was destroyed by Israeli
forces.  Additionally, 57 Palestinians, including
14 children and 4 women, were wounded.  Israeli
forces also destroyed 4 houses.

   

The most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 10:40, an Israeli drone fired a missile at ‘Omar Bin al-Khattab
near al-Najma Square in al-Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah.  The missile exploded about 8 meters away from
the gate of Rafah UNRWA Preparatory School "A" which serves as a
shelter for forcibly displaces civilians. 
As a result of the attack, 11 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children,
were killed:

1. Aya
Mohammed Abu Rejel, 3, a displaced child;

2. Munther
Mohammed Abu Rejel, a displaced child;

3. Saqer
Bassam al-Kashef, 7, a displaced child;

4. Tariq
Ziad Abu Khatla, 15, a displaced child;

5. ‘Amru
Tariq Abu al-Rous, 15, a displaced child;

6. Hazem
‘Abdul Basset Abu Hilal, 25, the guard of the school;

7. Mohammed
‘Omar ‘Awaja, 30, a volunteer in the shelter;

8. Ahmed
Khaled Abu Harba, 14, a peddler;

9. Yousef
Akram al-Eskafi, 16, a peddler; and

10. Ahmed Kamal al-Nahhal, 25; and

11. Ismail Sameer Shallouf, 17, both were traveling on a
motorbike. 

 

Additionally, 27 civilians,
including 5 children, were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 12:40, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a civilian car, in
which Khalil Mohammed Abu Diba’ and his child Moneer, 14, were traveling in
Tabbat Zare’ neighborhood in Rafah.  The
man and his child were killed, and their bodies were evacuated to the hospital
5 hours later.

 

 At
approximately 13:20, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a 2-storey house
belonging to Mohammed Hassan al-Zoom, in which 11 people live, in the Saudi
neighborhood in the west of Rafah.  A few
minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house and destroyed
it.  A number of nearby houses were also
damaged.

 

 At
approximately 17:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of
Palestinian civilians near al-Jawazat Square in al-Salam neighborhood in the
south of Rafah.  As a result, Nour Khalil
al-‘Okur, 22, was killed, and 3 others were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 17:05, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to
Salah Ahmed Jarghoun, in which 7 people live, in al-Siamat neighborhood in the
north of Rafah.  A few minutes later, an
Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  A number of nearby houses were partially
destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 19:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a member of a
Palestinian armed group who was traveling on a motorbike in al-Junaina
neighborhood in Rafah, wounding him seriously.

 

 At
approximately 23:50, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house
belonging to ‘Ata Swai’ed in Imam Ali neighborhood in the northwest of
Rafah.  The house was completely
destroyed and a number of neighboring houses were heavily damaged.

 

 From
0:25 to 03:45 on Monday, 04 August 2014, Israeli warplanes launched 21 missiles
at streets and intersections in al-Salam, al-Junaina and al-Tannour
neighborhoods, which all lead to Saladin Street, east of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 01:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile near al-Zahra’
Clinic in al-Junaina neighborhood in the east of Rafah.  As a result, Tha’er Majdi Abu Jazar, 17, was
killed.

 

 At
approximately 01:15, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at al-Maslakh
intersection in al-Salam neighborhood in the south of Rafah.  Shrapnel from the missile hit a house
belonging to Ghalia ‘Abdul ‘Aal.  As a
result, Abdul ‘Aal’s grandchild, Raghad ‘Omar Abu Mas’oud, 3, was killed, and 6
members of the family were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 02:45, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to
‘Aisha Mousa Mo’ammar in al-Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah.  The owner was moderately wounded, and the
house was partially destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 07:25, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a  number of Palestinian civilians in al-Nuzha
Street in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of Rafah.  As a result, Ashraf Mahmoud Abu Mash’al, 28,
was killed, and Bakr Hamed Ghuraiz, 25, was wounded.

 

 At
approximately 08:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motorbike on which
Za’al Rezeq Musleh, 54, a worker in the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility,
in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood.  He was
seriously wounded.

 

 At
approximately 09:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a member of a
Palestinian armed group in Musabbeh neighborhood in the north of Rafah, killing
him.

 

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

 

1) Calls
upon the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to promptly visit the Gaza
Strip, to fulfill her responsibilities to stop this barbaric offensive and to
closely watch the systematic destruction caused and deliberate targeting of
Palestinian civilians and property protected under the international law;

2) Calls
upon the UN Human Rights Council to accelerate the formation of the fact-finding
mission as decided by the Council in the resolution taken in its special
session that was held on 23 July 2014 to investigate violations of
international humanitarian law and human rights law in the occupied Palestinian
territory without any delay related to bureaucratic restrictions and
procedures;

3) Calls
upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill
their contractual obligations not only to respect the Convention, but also
ensure respect for the Convention, and to immediately intervene to stop war
crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians, and calls
upon the Swiss Government, the depository of the Geneva Conventions, to call
for a new conference of the High Contracting Parties as soon as possible;

4) Stresses
that holding war criminals accountable is an essential condition for any future
settlement, and the international community should confirm that no impunity for
war criminals, and the achievement of peace is conditioned by respect for human
rights and the international law, and prosecution of war criminals;

5) Calls
upon the Palestinian leadership to immediately accede to the Rome Statute of
the International Criminal Court, which will provide opportunities to prosecute
Israeli war criminals before the Court;

6) Stresses
that the Gaza Strip is a disaster area and there is an urgent need to treat the
disastrous humanitarian situation resulting from deliberate Israeli attacks on
the civilian infrastructure, including electricity, water, hospitals, shelters and
houses, forcible displacement of more than 500,000 civilians ad systematic and
mass destruction of civilian communities;

7) Calls
upon the international community to intervene to stop the policies of
collective punishment and left the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip for more
than seven years, allowing the freedom of movement and goods, away from
artificial improvements which have contributed to institutionalizing and
prolonging the closure.