Ref:
100/2014

Date:
24 July 2014

Time:
07:00 GMT

 

 

Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza:

743 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 605
Are Civilians, Including 176 Children and 96 Women, and 3,946 Others Wounded,
Mostly Civilians, Including 1,129 Children and 804 Women;

524 Houses Targeted and Destroyed and Hundreds of Others Extensively Damaged;

Thousands of Palestinian Civilians
Forcibly Displaced

 

Israeli occupation forces have
continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 17th
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. They attacked
civilians, houses and other civilian facilities.  Israeli warplanes bombarded a number of
houses without prior warnings.  Israeli
forces continued their incursions in several areas in the Gaza Strip, and more
Palestinian civilians were forced to leave their homes in border areas. The
most violent Israeli attacks were against the eastern villages of Khan Yunis,
as reports indicate that many Palestinians were killed or wounded, while
Israeli forces prevented ambulances from reaching them.   Additionally, more Palestinian civilians
were forcibly displaced from border areas.

 

From 10:00 on Wednesday, 23 July
2014 to 10:00 on Thursday, 24 July 2014, according to the information PCHR has
been able to obtain, 80 Palestinians, 64 of whom are civilians, including 15
children and 5 women, were killed.  Additionally, 489 Palestinians, mostly
civilians, were wounded – this number includes 138 children and 101 women. 
Israeli warplanes also targeted and destroyed 33 houses.

 

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

 

The Northern Gaza Strip:

 

Israeli
warplanes launched 20 airstrikes and Israeli tanks and gunboats fired dozens of
shells targeting houses, a hospital, a medical crew, an UNRWA shelter, a police
station, agricultural plots and open areas.  As a result of these attacks,
13 Palestinians, including 7 civilians, were killed – the civilian victims
include 3 children and a woman. 
Additionally, 61 Palestinians, including 11 children and 13 women, were
wounded. Israeli warplanes bombarded 4 houses and destroyed one of them.

 

The
most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 10:20 on Wednesday, 23 July 2014, Israeli forces fired an
artillery shell that landed in the vicinity of the southwestern entrance of Um
al-Nasser village.  As a result, Rabee’
Qassem Rabee’ Abu Ras, 9, was killed, and another 3 civilians, including his
mother, were wounded. These civilians were traveling on animal cart.

 

 At
approximately 12:30, medical crews recovered the body of a member of a
Palestinian armed group, who was killed by Israeli forces at approximately
01:30 on the same day in al-Ghoboun area in Beit Lahia. 

 

 At
approximately 13:05, medical crews recovered the bodies of 2 members of a
Palestinian armed group, who were attacked and killed in the morning by an
Israeli drone in Beit Lahia. 

 

 At
approximately 14:05, Israeli warplanes bombarded without a prior warning a
house belonging to Mahmoud ‘Awadh Ziada, 48, a leader of Islamic Jihad, in the
densely populated Jabalya refugee camp. 
As a result, Ziada was killed, and another two persons were wounded. Two
persons were also missing under the debris. 
Additionally, a nearby house belonging to Fayez Ibrahim al-Zainati was
destroyed, and al-Zinati’s 4 children were wounded: Mohammed, 10; Ahmed, 9;
Mahmoud, 5; and Amani, 16.  Another house
belonging to Moneer al-Hinnawi was damaged, and a number of members of the
family were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 14:15, an Israeli drone launched 2 missiles at an agricultural
plot near a house belonging to the Rayan family in al-Falouja area in
Jabalya.  The house was damaged.

 

 At
approximately 15:00, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a house belonging to
the Abu al-Laban family in al-‘Alami area in Jabalya refugee camp.  At approximately 15:15, an Israeli warplane
launched a missile at the house, which penetrated the roof, but did not
explode.  The house and an adjacent house
belonging to Hussein Salem were damaged.

 

 At
approximately 15:10, Israeli tanks fired 2 shells at the second floor of Balsam
Hospital in the west of Beit Hanouun, damaging it.

 

 At approximately
15:20, Israeli tanks fired a number of shells at al-Sikka Street in the east of
Jabalya.  One of the shells hit a house
belonging to the Abu al-Hussain family, damaging it.

 

 At
approximately 15:35, Israeli tanks fired a number of shells at Beit Hanoun. One
of the shells hit a house belonging to ‘Awad Abu Marasa in al-Sikka
Street.  The house was extensively
damaged.

 

 At
approximately 15:50, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a house belonging to
‘Alaa’ Abu Dan in Jabalya refugee camp. 
The house was partially destroyed and 5 members of the family were
wounded.  A nearby house belonging to
Tayseer Abu al-Kas was extensively damaged, and 11 members of the family were
wounded.  Another house belonging to
Daniel Aby Qamar was damaged and 3 members of the family.  A house belonging to the al-Durini family was
also damaged and 5 members of the family were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 16:00, medical crews recovered the bodies of 2 members of a
Palestinian armed group who were killed by Israeli forces in the east of
Jabalya.

 

 At
approximately 16:15, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared a
member of a Palestinian armed group died of wounds he sustained when an Israeli
drone attacked him a few hours earlier.

 

 At approximately
17:20, an Israeli drone attacked a number of Palestinian civilians in Musallam
Street in Beit Lahia.  As a result, Ziad
Ghaleb Jawdat al-Radi’, 23; Ra’ed Salem Rajab al-Radi’, 23, and Salama Salem Rajab
al-Radi’, 5, were killed.

 

 At
approximately 18:45, Israeli tanks fired a number of shells at the garden of
Beit Hanoun Hospital.  The building was
damaged, and the patients and staff were terrified.

 

 At
approximately 19:00, Israeli forces fired an artillery shell at the seventh and
eighth floors of building 12 in Sheikh Zayed Project in Beit Lahia.  As a result, Bilal ‘Ali Ahmed Abu ‘Aathra,
26, and ‘Abdul Karim Nasser Saleh Abu Jermi, 25, were killed, and another 2
civilians were wounded. It should be noted that during this offensive, a number
of Israeli artillery shells hit and damaged a number of housing units in the
project.

 

 At
approximately 19:05, Israeli tanks fired a number of shells at the southern
entrance of Beit Hanoun.  One of the
shells hit a cow barrack belonging to the Abu Raya family.  As a result, Ayman Yousef Ahmed al-Hajj
Ahmed, 16, was killed and another civilian was wounded.

 

 At
approximately 23:40, Israeli tanks fired a number of shells at Beit Lahia.  A shell hit one of the al-Fardous buildings
in the west of Beit Lahia.  As a result,
fire broke out in a housing unit.

 

 Israeli
warplanes also bombarded 11 houses, destroying 2 of them completely and the
other 9 ones partially.  Israeli tanks
fired dozens of shells at Palestinian houses in various areas in the northern
Gaza Strip.  

 

Gaza City:

 

Israeli warplanes launched several airstrikes and Israeli
gunboats and tanks fired shells targeting houses and civilians. As a result of
these attacks, 10 Palestinians, including 7 civilians were killed – the
civilian victims include a child. 
Additionally, 33 Palestinians, including 13 children and 2 women, were
wounded.  Four houses were destroyed and
the 10th floor of al-Zafer apartment building 9 was damaged. 

     

The most significant attacks in Gaza City were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 23 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a
missile at a number of Palestinian civilians who were near their houses in
al-Sha’af neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  As a result, Nidal Hamdi Diab al-‘Ejla, 30,
and Mahmoud Ziad mas’oud Habib, 27, were killed.

 

 At
approximately 13:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Mohammed ‘Abdul Ra’ouf
al-Dada, 40, when he was near his house in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the
southeast of Gaza City.

 

 At
approximately 14:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the 10th
floor of al-Zafer apartment building 9 in the center of Gaza City, extensively
damaging it.

 

 At
approximately 15:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to
Mohammed Darwish Bulbol in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.
Bulbil’s son, Ahmed, 22, was killed, and the house was extensively damaged.

 

 At
approximately 16:45, the body of Hazem Ayman Muhareb ‘Ayad, 24, was recovered
from al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, as he was killed on 20 July 2014.

 

 At
approximately 20:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of
Palestinian civilians who were near Hassan al-Banna Mosque in al-Zaytoun
neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City. 
As a result, 2 civilians were killed: Hatem Na’im Mohammed ‘Aqel, 14;
and Nayef Fayez Nayef al-Zaza, 29.

 

 At
approximately 03:30 on Thursday, 24 July 2014, 4 shells fired by Israeli
gunboats hits a 3-storey house belonging to Mahmoud ‘Abdul Rahim ‘Abdul Rahman
Nassar in a-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City.  The house and a nearby house were damaged.

 

 At approximately
09:00, medical crews recovered the bodies of 3 members of a Palestinian armed
group who were attacked and killed by an Israeli drone on 19 July 2014 in
al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City. 

 

 At
approximately 09:30, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a 4-storey house
belonging to Khalil ‘Awad Abu Namous, in which 25 people live, in Tal al-Hawa
neighborhood in south of Gaza City.  A
few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and
destroyed it.

 

The Central Gaza Strip:

 

Israeli warplanes launched 17 airstrikes and tanks fired
dozens of shells targeting houses, a mosque, agricultural lands and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 8 Palestinians,
including 5 civilians, were killed – the civilian victims include 2 children
and a woman.  Additionally, 53
Palestinians, including 17 women and 16 children, were wounded.  Three houses
were destroyed. 

 

The most significant attacks were as
follows:

 

 At
approximately 12:00 on Wednesday, 23 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a
missile at Deir al-Balah.  As a result,
Na’im Jum’a Abu Mizyed, 33, was killed and another 2 persons were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 12:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a flat belonging to
Yasser Ibrahim Bashir in a 3-storey apartment building in Deir al-Balah.  As a result, Rawan Ayman Swaidan, 7, was
killed when she was near her house, which is adjacent to the building.

 

 At
approximately 13:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 3-storey house
belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed al-Lahham, in which 21 people live, in Deir
al-Balah.  The house was partially
destroyed.  

 

 At
approximately 15:40, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to
Rami Yasser al-Maqat’a, in which 5 people live, in Deir al-Balah.  As a result, Jana Rami Yasser al-Maqat’a, 2,
and Yaseem Hassan al-Maqat’a, 27, were killed, and 7 others were wounded.  The houses and 2 nearby houses were also
destroyed.

 

 Also
at approximately 15:40, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a 2-storey house belonging
to Fu’ad Mohammed al-Ma’ni, in which 6 people live, in Deir al-Balah.  The house was completely destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 18:00, medical crews recovered the body of ‘Abdul Qader Jameel
al-Khaldi, 22, from the east of al-Boreij refugee camp.  He was killed by Israeli shelling two days
earlier.

 

 At
approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 24 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile
at Heker al-Jame’ area in Deir al-Balah. 
As a result, a member of a Palestinian armed group was killed.

 

 Also
at approximately 02:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house
belonging to Mazen ‘Abdul Qader Abu Samak, in which 9 people live.  As a result, the house was destroyed and
Ahmed Ibrahim al-‘Qar’an, 25, was killed. 
Al-‘Qar’an’s father was also wounded.

 

 At
approximately 02:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to
Ref’at Ibrahim Abu ‘Obaid, in which 27 people live.  The house was partially destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 03:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 3-storey house
belonging to the Qatamesh family in al-Maghazi refugee camp.  The house was completely destroyed.

 

 At
approximately 03:50, medical sources declared that Khalil Nasser Wishah, 20,
died of wounded he sustained by Israeli shelling of al-Boreij refugee camp 2
days ago.

 

Khan Yunis:

 

Israeli warplanes launched 50 airstrikes targeting houses, civilians,
agricultural plots, and open areas in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan
Yunis.  Israeli tanks also fired dozens of shells at agricultural and open
areas.  As a result, 39 Palestinians, including 5 children and 2 women,
were killed. A woman died of previous wounds. Additionally, 165 Palestinians,
including 36 women and 42 children, were wounded. Israeli forces maintained
their incursion into Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis, and there are reports
that there are dozens of Palestinian casualties in the village, and medical
crews were denied access to them.  When
many civilians attempted to leave the village, Israeli forces fired at them,
killing 4.

 

The most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 11:30 on Wednesday, 23 July 2014, medical sources declared that
Manal Mohammed al-Astal, 45, died of wounds she had sustained in the morning
when a shell landed near her house.

 

 At
approximately 11:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-Zanna area, east of
Kahn Yunis.  As a result, 3 Palestinian
civilians were wounded, and one of them, Hassan Majdi Radwan, 24, died of his
wounds later.

 

 At
approximately 12:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of
Palestinian civilians to the north of al-Qarara police station.  As a result, Hassan Abu Jamous was killed and
6 others were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 12:30, Israel forces that had moved into Khuza’a village, east of
Khan Yunis, fired bullets and artillery shells at hundreds of Palestinian
civilians who attempted to leave the village as there were reports about a
one-hour coordination to evacuate casualties. 
Israeli forces fired also at ambulances and prevented them from entering
the village. 

 

 At
approximately 13:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a transmission
station of Jawwal Company on the roof of a house belonging to Wa’el Abu ‘Aamer
at ‘Abassan intersection.  The station was
destroyed and the house was damaged.

 

 At
approximately 14:00, medical crews recovered the bodies of Mohammed Yousef
Khaled al-‘Abadla, 23, and Nour ‘Abdul Rahim al-‘Abadla, 24, from al-Qarara
village. The two victims were killed by Israeli forces a few days ago, but
medical crews had not been able to recover their bodies due to the presence of
Israeli forces in the area.

 

 At
approximately 14:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house
belonging to Shadi al-Batash in al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan
Yunis.  The house was destroyed, but no
casualties were reported.

 

 Also
at approximately 14:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a motorbike on
which 2 Palestinian civilians were traveling in ‘Abdul Ghafour area in
al-Qarara village.  As a result, the two
civilians were killed.  They were
identified as: Mohammed Fareed al-Astal, 22; and ‘Ali Hamed al-Astal, 23. 

 

 At
approximately 16:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a number of
Palestinian civilians in Ma’an area in the east of Khan Yunis.  As a result, Mohammed Sami ‘Omran, 26, was
killed.

 

 At
approximately 17:00, 12 ambulances attempted to enter Khuza’a village, but
Israeli forces prevented and fired at them.

 

 At
approximately 17:15, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of
Palestinian civilians in al-‘Abadla area in al-Qarara village.  As a result, 3 civilians were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 18:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to
Ibrahim ‘Omar al-Hallaq, 40, a pharmacist. 
As a result, al-Hallaq and an unknown person were killed, and fire broke
in the house.

 

 At
approximately 18:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house
belonging to Dr. Kamal Abu Rujaila, which he uses as clinic, in Khuza’a
village, as a number of wounded Palestinians went to the house seeking medical
aid.  A number of casualties were reported
as a result of the attack.  Apparently,
one Palestinian was killed.  Medical
crews were not able to reach the house. A volunteer paramedic, who was wounded
throughout the body while he was attempting to evacuate wounded Palestinians,
has been trapped in the area since Wednesday morning, 23 July 2014, as medical
crews have not been able to reach him. 
According to reports from Khuza’a village, Israeli forces raided a
number of houses and turned them into military sites.  They also arrested scores of Palestinians.  At approximately 23:00, an ICRC crew and 10
ambulances of Palestine Red Crescent Society went to Kuza’a village, but they
were not able to evacuate victims because the situation was extremely
dangerous.

 

 Also
at approximately 18:30, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a civilian car that
was traveling in Saladin Street in the east of Khan Yunis.  As a result, 4 Palestinians who were
traveling in the car were killed: ‘Essam Ismail Shaker Abu Shaqra, 42; ‘Abdul
Rahman Ibrahim Abu Shaqra, 17; Mohammed Ahmed Akram Abu Shaqra, 17; and Ahmed
Mohammed al-Saqqa, 24.    

 

 At
approximately 19:00, medical sources declared that ‘Etaf Ahmed Abu Daqqa, 52,
died of wounds she sustained by Israeli artillery shelling in al-Fukhari area
in the southeast of Kahn Yunis. Medical sources declared also that Sofian Abu
Lihya, 64, died of wounds he sustained in al-Qarara village.

 

 At
approximately 21:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a number of
Palestinian civilians in Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis, killing 2 of
them: Mohammed Barham Abu Draz, 24; and ‘Essam Ibrahim Abu Ismail, 23.

 

 At
approximately 21:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house in
‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis.  As
a result, 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded. 

 

 At
approximately 23:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of
Palestinian civilians in ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis.  As a result, 3 civilians were killed: Ahmed
Ref’at all-Reqeb, 22; Suleiman al-Braim, 25; and Bassam Khaled Abu Shahla, 42.

 

 At
approximately 00:25 on Thursday, 24 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile
at a number of Palestinian civilians who were in a subordinate shed of their
house near Bani Suhaila intersection, east of Khan Yunis.  When a number of civilians attempted to offer
help to the victims, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the area.  As a result, 5 Palestinian civilians,
including a child, were killed: Ismail Mohammed Abdul Raziq al-Astal, 45; Ahmed
Ismail Mohammed al-Astal, 20; Mahmoud Ismail Mohammed al-Astal, 17; Mohammed
Saleh Mohammed al-Astal, 19; and Mohammed Hassan ‘Abdul Qader al-Astal,
42.  Two members of the family were
wounded: Saleh Mohammed ‘Abdul Raziq al-Astal; and Ahmed Nasser ‘Abdul Nasser
al-Astal.

 

 Also
at approximately 00:25, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a crew of Gaza
Electricity Distribution Company in the center of Khan Yunis.  As a result, 4 workers were wounded.

 

 At
approximately 01:50, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house
belonging to the al-Astal family in the west of Khan Yunis.  As a result, 6 members of the family,
including a woman and 2 children, were killed: Mohammed, Tha’er and Milad
‘Omran Khamis al-Astal, 33, 22 and 29 respectively; Malak Ameed Ahmed al-Astal,
24; and Nada and Ameen Tha’er ‘Omran al-Astal, 5 and 4 respectively.

 

 At
approximately 03:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house
belonging to the Abu Daqqa family in al-Shahaida area in ‘Abassan village, east
of Kahn Yunis. As a result, 5 members of the family were killed: ‘Adli Khalil
Salem Abu Daqqa, 45; Sami Mousa Salem Abu Daqqa, 45; Anwar ‘Abdul Majid Abu
Daqqa, 42; Akram Ibrahim Shihada Abu Daqqa, 42; and Mohammed Ibrahim Shihada
Abu Daqqa, 38.  Another 3 members of the
family were also wounded.

 

 At
approximately 06:50, Israeli forces fired at dozens of Palestinian civilians
who raised white flags and attempted to leave Khuza’a village, and forced them
to go back homes.   

 

 At
approximately 07:15, Israeli forces fired at a number of Palestinian civilians
who attempted to leave Khuza’a through a dirt road leading to ‘Abassan
village.  One of these civilians,
Mohammed Ahmed Suleiman al-Najjar, 56, was killed by a bullet to the neck.  Two civilians were also wounded.

 

 Also
at approximately 08:30, medical crews were able to recover the body of Fadi
Yousef Ahmed al-Najjar, 27, who is physically disabled, from Khuza’a
village.  He was killed by Israeli
shelling.

 

 At
approximately 09:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motor cart on which
a number of Palestinian civilians were traveling attempting to leave Khuza’a
village.  As a result, 4 civilians were
killed and another 2 ones were wounded. 
The victims have not been identified as their bodies were burnt.  

 

Rafah:

 

Israeli warplanes launched 21 airstrikes and Israeli tanks
fired dozens of shells targeting houses, agricultural lands and a factory in
the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.  As a result, a Palestinian woman
was killed, and 17 others, including 2 women and 3 children, were wounded.  Four houses were destroyed.  Israeli forces redeployed in al-Shouka
village, as they moved back towards the debris Gaza International Airport,
nearly 500 meters away from the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, after
having destroyed many house and large areas of agricultural land.   

 

The
most significant attacks were as follows:

 

 At
approximately 11:20, 23 July 2014, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a
3-storey house belonging to the family of Edris Mousa Barhoum, in which 38
people live, in al-Barahma area in the south of Rafah.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane
launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  A number of nearby houses were damaged, and a
woman and a child were wound: Mona ‘Abdul Ghani ‘Ashour, 50; and Ibrahim Zuhair
al-Lahwani, 10.

 

 At
approximately 11:55, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area
near the Saudi neighborhood in the west of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 12:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to
the family of Nassim ‘Eissa Saidam, in which 8 people live, in al-Mawasi area
in the west of Rafah.  A few minutes
later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

 

 At
approximately 12:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at an agricultural
plot in al-Siaman neighborhood in the north of Rafah.  One of the missiles did not explode.

 

 At
approximately 14:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile without a prior warning
at a house belonging to Mohammed Nasser Abu Mo’ammar in al-Nassaer village,
north of Rafah.  As a result, his wife,
Fathiya Nadi Abu Mo’ammar, 72, was killed. 
The house and another nearby house belonging to the family were destroyed.
A number of nearby houses were also damaged. 

 

 At
approximately 15:40, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural
plot in al-Tannour neighborhood in the east of Rafah. 

 

 At
approximately 16:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to
the family of Sa’id Mohammed Abu Mo’ammar, in which 8 people live, in al-Nasser
village, north of Rafah.  Two hours
later, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles at the house and destroyed it. 

 

 At
approximately 16:25, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area in
Kherbat al-‘Adas neighborhood in the north of rafah.  As a result, 6-month-old Zinab ‘Alaa’ ‘Ayesh
was wounded.

 

 At
approximately 01:40 on Thursday, 24 July 2014, Israeli tanks fired dozens of
shells at Palestinian houses in al-Shouka and al-Nasser villages, east and
northeast of Rafah.

 

 At
approximately 03:40, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at containers in a
factory of concrete in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of Rafah,
destroying them. 

 

 At
approximately 04:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area in
the northwest of Rafah.

 

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.