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111/2014

Time:
07:00 GMT

 

 

Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza:

1,492 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 1,277
Are Civilians, Including 360 Children and 193 Women, and 6,686 Others Wounded,
Mostly Civilians, Including 1,846 Children and 1,275 Women;

702 Houses Targeted and Destroyed and Hundreds of Others Extensively Damaged

400,000 Palestinians Forcibly
Displaced

 

 

Israeli occupation forces have
continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 24th
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. Electricity
supplies have been off in the Gaza Strip for the 4th 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 400,000 civilians were
forcibly displaced from their homes, and were forced to resort to shelters in
the centers of towns and refugee camps.

 

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.  Details of the crime that took place in Rafah, which left
dozens of deaths, while this update was being written will be published in
tomorrow’s update.  The following details
are based on the information which the field workers have been able to collect.

 

From 10:00 on Thursday, 31 July 2014
to 10:00 on Friday, 01 August 2014, according to what PCHR has been able to document,
52 Palestinians, 50 of whom are civilians, including 15 children and 7 women, were
killed, and 175 others, including 60 children and 36 women, were wounded.  Medical crews were able to recover the bodies
of 4 Palestinians, Four civilians, died of previous wounds.  Additionally, Israeli warplanes and tanks destroyed
22 houses and damaged dozens of flats and public facilities.
 

 

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

 

The Northern Gaza Strip:

 

Israeli
forces launched several airstrikes while Israeli tanks and gunboats fired
dozens of artillery shells targeting houses, agricultural plots and open
areas.  As a result of these attacks, 39
Palestinian civilians, including 15 children and 7 women, were wounded.  Medical crews recovered the body of a
Palestinian civilian.  Israeli forces
also targeted and destroyed 2 houses, a chalet, a sheep farm, a dairy products
factory and a store of construction materials.

 

The
most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 On
Thursday evening, 31 July 2014, Israeli warplanes launched a number of
airstrikes that targeted and destroyed Shuhaiber sheep farm, a house belonging
to the guard of al-Fishawi farm, a chalet belonging to the Abu Sahammala
family, and a dairy products factory in ‘Aamer Project in the west of
Jabalya.  They also targeted and
destroyed a house belonging to the Kutkut family in Jabalya.

 

 At
approximately 09:00 on Friday, 01 August 2014, medical crews recovered the body
of Zaid Ahmed al-Basyouni, 37, from Beit Hanoun.

 

Gaza City:

 

Israeli
warplanes launched a number of airstrikes that targeted houses, cars and open
areas, while Israeli tanks and gunboats fired dozens of shells at the
city.  As a result of these attacks, 7 Palestinian
civilians, including a child, were killed, and 11 others, including 2 children
and a woman, were wounded.  Medical crews
also recovered bodies of 2 young men who were killed a few days ago in
al-Shuja’iya neighborhood. 

 

The
most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 14:30 on Thursday, 31 July 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a
missile at a civilian car in Saladin Street in al-Sha’af neighborhood in the
east of Gaza City.  As a result, 2 young
men who were traveling in it were killed: Ibrahim Sa’ad Ahmed al-Haddad, 21;
and Hamza Fayeq Ahmed al-Haddad, 21.

 

 At
approximately 15:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a 3-storey house
belonging to Basheer Ismail al-Ramlawi, in which 20 people live, in al-Jalaa’
Street in the north of Gaza City.  The
house was destroyed.  Before the attack,
Israeli forces phoned the owner of the house and ordered its evacuation.

 

 At
approximately 15:15, Mousa Hussein Hashem, 80, died of a heart attack, when
Israeli warplanes bombarded an open area near his house in al-Sabra
neighborhood in the south of Gaza City.

 

 At
approximately 17:30, an Israeli warplane attacked a minibus in Palestinian
Square in the center of Gaza City.  As a
result, Mohammed and Hussam Ra’fat Na’im, 21 and 16 respectively, were killed.

 

 At
approximately 22:00, Israeli forces positioned in the east of Gaza City opened
fire at Maher Ja’far Khalil Hajjaj, 54, when he was on his way back home in
al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  He was instantly killed by a bullet to the
head.  Medical crews were not able to
evacuate his body from the area until approximately 08:00 on Friday, 01 August
2014.

 

 At approximately
08:15 on Friday, 01 August 2014, Israeli forces positioned in the east of Gaza
City opened fired at Palestinian civilians who were coming back homes in
al-Sha’af neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  As a result, Amjad Mohammed Hassnain, 21, was
killed by a bullet to the head.

 

 At
approximately 09:00, medical crews were able to recover bodies of 2 civilians
who were killed by Israeli forces in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of
Gaza City: Ismail Zuhair Mohammadain, 26; and Mo’ammar Fadel Shamali, 35.  

 

The Central Gaza Strip:

 

Israeli warplanes launched 35 airstrikes and tanks fired
dozens of shells at civilians,  houses, a
school a number of civilian facilities. 
As a result of these attacks, 20 Palestinians, including 7 children and
6 women, were killed, and 51 others, including 23 children and 9 women, were
wounded.  Additionally, Israeli warplanes
targeted 5 houses and destroyed 3 of them. 
Israeli forces also attacked a school.

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 31 July 2014, Israeli warplanes launched 2
missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Mohammed Salama Baroud, 42, in which
20 people live, in al-Nussairat refugee camp. 
The house was destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 11:30, a number of Israeli artillery shells hit al-Maghazi
Preparatory School damaging it.  No
casualties were reported.

 

 At
approximately 13:30, medical sources declared that Yasser Yousef Abu Dabbagh,
20, died of previous wounds he had sustained on 25 July 2014 by Israeli
shelling.

 

 At
approximately 16:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the vicinity of a
house belonging Hatem ‘Abdul Karim al-Louh in Deir al-Balah.  As a result, the owner’s son, Kamal, 32, was
killed.

 

 At
approximately 17:25, while members of the al-Louh family were on their way to
al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, an Israeli drone fired a missile at their car.  As a result, 4 members of the family,
including a woman, were killed: Amal ‘Abdul Karim al-Masri, 45; Ilham Yahia
al-Louh, 27; Ibrahim ‘Abdul Karim al-Louh, 33; and Khaled Jamal al-Louh, 41.

 

 At
approximately 17:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Mohammed ‘Ammar
Shalat, 10, when he was near his family’s house in al-Zawaida village.  The child was instantly killed.

 

 At
approximately 19:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house
belonging to Sameer Furaaih al-Jammal, in which 24 people live.  The house was destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 20:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile without a prior
warning at a 3-storey house belonging to the heirs of ‘Abdul Hamid Yousef
al-Bayoumi, in which 30 people live, in al-Nussairat refugee camp.  The house was destroyed over the family and
their neighbors.  As a result, 12
Palestinian civilians were killed: Ne’ma Darwish Abu Shouqa, 43; Labiba Ibrahim
Abu Shouqa, 22; Ilham Ibrahim Abu Shouqa, 18; Malak Shaker Abu Shouqa, 2;
Hassan Nasser Zaqqout, 21; ‘Abeer ‘Aamer al-Bayoumi, 27; Aseel ‘Aamer
al-Bayoumi, 16; Hadeel ‘Aamer al-Bayoumi, 15; Hassan Mohammed al-Bayoumi, 12;
‘Aabeer Nahidh al-‘Assar, 27, pregnant; Rinad Ashraf al-‘Assar, 1; and Lama
Ra’fat al-‘Assar, 6. Additionally, 30 civilians, including 15 children and 4
women, were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 21:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 3-storey house
belonging to Mahmoud ‘Othman al-‘Othmani, in which 12 people live, in
al-Maghazi refugee camp.  The house was
destroyed and 7 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a woman, were
wounded.

 

 Also
at approximately 21:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of
Palestinian civilians in al-Boreij refugee camp.  As a result, 2 civilians were killed: Mahmoud ‘Aadel ‘Aashour, 19; and Zaher Tawfiq Abu
Maktouma, 31.

 

 At
approximately 00:00 on Friday, 01 August 2014, medical sources declared that
Mohammed Ahmed Hamad, 26, died of wounds he had sustained on 25 July 2014 when
Israeli forces shelled al-Nussairat refugee camp.

 

 In
the morning, medical crews were able to recover bodies of 2 members of Palestinian
armed groups from Juhor al-Dik village.

 

Khan Yunis:

 

Israeli warplanes launched a number of airstrikes and tanks
and gunboats fired dozens of shells at Palestinian civilians and property in
Khan Yunis.  As a result of these
attacks, 19 Palestinians, including 6 children and 2 women, were killed, and 65
others, including 18 children and 16 women, were wounded.  Medical crews recovered the body of a
Palestinian civilian.  Twelve houses were
also destroyed, and other ones were damaged.

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 On
Thursday morning, 31 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey
house belonging to ‘Azmi Salem Qudaih, in which 8 people live, in ‘Abassan
village, east of Khan Yunis.  A few
minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house and destroyed
it.

 

 At
approximately 10:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a store, in
which humanitarian aids were destroyed, under a house in Bani Suhaila
village.  The store was completely
destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 23:50, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house
belonging to the al-Reqeb family.  The
house was largely destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 12:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house
belonging to Saber Fusaifes in Bani Suhaila village.  The house was largely destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 12:20, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 4-storey house
belonging to Marzouq Abu Shihada in Bani Suhaila village. A few minutes later,
an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

 

 At
approximately 14:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 4-storey house
belonging to the heirs of Qassem ‘Abdullah Safi, in which 50 people live in
al-Farra Street in the center of Khan Yunis. 
A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house
and destroyed it.  A child was wounded.

 

 At
approximately 14:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 3-storey house
belonging to Kamel Saleem al-Saqqa in al-Qarara village.  The house was destroyed.  It should be noted that an Israeli drone
fired a missile at the house on 16 July 2014.

 

 At
approximately 17:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to
Taqfiq Abu Shammala in Khan Yunis refugee camp. 
A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house
and destroyed it.

 

 Also
at approximately 17:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house
belonging to Shadi Baroud in Khan Yunis refugee camp.  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 19:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house
belonging to Fadel Abu Shahla in Bani Suhaila village.  The house was destroyed and a number of
Palestinian civilians were wounded.

 

 In the
evening, medical crews recovered the body of Tha’er Naji al-‘Omour from
al-Fukhari area in the southeast of Khan Yunis. 
He was killed by Israeli shelling.

 

 At
approximately 20:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house
belonging to Juhad Miqbel Sha’at, in which 4 people live, in Gizan al-Najjar
area in the south of Khan Yunis.  The
house was destroyed and Sha’at’s wife, Sihab Basheer Sha’at (al-Lahham), 24,
was killed, and their child, Mo’tassem, 45 days, was wounded.  Two neighboring houses were also damaged.

 

 At
approximately 20:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missiles at the vicinity of
Bani Suhaila Municipality.  The building
was damaged.

 

 At
approximately 20:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at al-Sahaba Mosque
in al-Qarara village, destroying it.

 

 At
approximately 21:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of
Palestinian civilians in al-Qarara village. 
As a result, Mohammed Yousef al-‘Abadla, 21.

 

 Also
at approximately 21:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house
belonging to Mohammed Shareef Abu Daqqa in Bani Suhaila village.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane
launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

 

 In
the evening, medical sources in the European Gaza Hospital declared that Ahmed
Saleem ‘Aabdin, 21, and Mohammed Ahmed Hamad, died of previous wounds they had
sustained by Israeli shelling.

 

 At
approximately 22:45, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motorbike in Jourat
al-‘Aaqqad area in Khan Yunis refugee camp. 
As a result, Mahmoud Dahlan was killed.

 

 At
approximately 23:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the vicinity of ‘Abdul
Hadi gas station in Khan Yunis refugee camp. 
As a result, Sameeh Kamal Abu al-Khair, 50, was killed, and 7 others
were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 03:10 on Friday, 03:10, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles at a
3-storey house belonging to ‘Abdul Malek ‘Abdul Salam al-Farra, 60, in which 50
people live, in Ma’an area.  The missiles
penetrated the second and third floors and caused extensive damage.  A number of members of the family were also
wounded.  While the family were trying to
leave the house, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house when
members of the family were less than 50 meters away from the house. As a
result, 9 members of the family, including 4 children and 2 women, were killed:
‘Abdul Malek ‘Abdul Salam al-Farra, 60; Ussama ‘Abdul Malek al-Farra, 34;
‘Awatef ‘Aziz al-Din al-Farra, 31, pregnant in 
the 8th month; ‘Abdul Rahman and Lujain Bassem al-Farra, 8
and 4, respectively; Nadine, Mohammed and Yara Mahmoud al-Farra, 16, 12 and 8
respectively; and ‘Emad Nasrallah al-Farra, 28.

 

 At
approximately 04:30, Israeli tanks that had moved into al-Zanna area fired a
number of shells at houses in al-Saqia Street in Bani Suhaila village.  As a result, 6 Palestinian civilians were
killed: Mohammed Salman al-Buraim, 25; Ra’fat Salman al-Buraim, 7; ‘Abdullah
‘Awadh al-Buraim, 23; Hussam and Sami Salman al-Madani, 18 and 20 respectively;
and Ra’ed ‘Abdul Latif al-Qarra, 39.   

 

Rafah:

 

Israeli warplanes launched 35 airstrikes and Israeli tanks
and gunboats fired dozens of shells targeting houses, training site,  agricultural plots and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 6 Palestinians,
4 of whom are civilians, including a child and an old man, were killed, and 8
others, including 2 children and 3 women, were wounded.  A house and a flat were destroyed.

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 11:35 on Thursday, 31 July 2014, an Israeli warplane fired a
missile at  a motorbike near the eastern
cemetery in al-Salam neighborhood in the south of Rafah.  As a result, a member of a Palestinian armed
group who was riding the motorbike was killed. 

 

 At
approximately 14:20, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area in
the east of Rafah. 

 

 At
approximately 14:55, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an uninhabited flat in
Zo’rob beguiling in the center of Rafah. 
The flat was partially destroyed and a 
number of nearby houses were damaged.

 

 At
approximately 18:20, an Israeli drone fired a missile at ‘Atiya Salama
al-Hashash, 68, when he was on his land in al-Hashash neighborhood in the north
of Rafah.  He was instantly killed.

 

 At
approximately 19:05, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the destroyed
Gaza International Airport in the southeast of Rafah. 

 

 At
approximately 19:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile near Abu Mo’ammar
pool in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 19:25, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural
plot belonging to the Abu Halawa family in al-Shouka village, east of
Rafah. 

 

 At
approximately 19:35, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area in
al-Tannour neighborhood in the east of Rafah.

 

 Also
at approximately 19:35. An Israeli warplane launched a missile at a site of the
‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in Tabbat Zare’ area in
the east of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 19:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at an agricultural
plot belonging to the Abu Halawa family in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 19:55, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area in
al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 20:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural
plot behind Bahloul gas station in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.  

 

 At
approximately 20:05, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a member of a
Palestinian armed group in al-Nasser village, northeast of Rafah, wounding him.
When a number of civilians attempted to offer him help, the Israeli drone fired
another missile at them.  As a result,
‘Othman Fawzi ‘Abadin, 17, was killed and 3 others were wounded.  The armed group member died of his wounds 2
hours later.

 

 At
approximately 21:35, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missile at an agricultural
plot belonging to the Abu Halawa family in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 00:25 on Friday, 01 August 2014, Israeli warplanes launched 2
missiles at a site of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of
Hamas) in Tabbat Zare’ area in the east of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 01:20, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at an agricultural
plot in al-Salam neighborhood in the south of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 04:05, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area in
the east of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 04:10, Israeli forces fired dozens of shells at house and
agricultural areas in the east of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 06:55, Israeli warplanes launched 10 missiles at the tunnels area
along the Egyptian border, south of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 07:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile without a prior
warning at a house belonging to Suleiman Zayed Abu ‘Omran, in which 13 people
live, in Tabbat Zare’ area in the east of Rafah. The house was destroyed, and 2
of the owner’s relatives were killed: Hilal ‘Eid Abu ‘Omran, 23’ and Mousa
Hamad Abu ‘Omran, 45.  Two women were also
old wounded.  Other members of the family
are still missing under the debris.

 

 A
humanitarian truce entered into force at 08:00, and thousands of Palestinian
civilians returned to their homes from which they were displaced in al-Shouka
village, east of Rafah.  At approximately
09:15, Israeli tanks and helicopter gunships opened fire indiscriminately at
these civilians and at Abu Youef al-Najjar Hospital in al-Junaina
neighborhood.  As a result, dozens of
Palestinian civilians were killed and hundreds of others were wounded.  (PCHR field workers are currently documenting
this crime, and details will be published in the daily update that will be
published on Saturday, 02 August 2014).

 

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;

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; and

3) Calls
for establishing a UN fact-finding mission to investigate suspected war crimes
committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip,
and take necessary steps to prosecute responsible for them.