Ref: 130/2012

The house of the al-Dalu
family after the attack – photo by PCHR

 

On Sunday afternoon, 18 November 2012, in an example of blatant
targeting of civilians during their offensive on the Gaza Strip, that has been
ongoing for the 6th consecutive day, Israeli Occupation Forces
killed 8 members of the al-Dalu family in Gaza City. Another 2 members of the
family are still missing, since Israeli warplanes bombarded the family home. 2
neighbours, including 1 old woman, were also killed, while 9 civilians,
including 2 children and 3 women, were wounded.

 

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for
Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 14:30 on Sunday, an Israeli F-16 fighter
jet fired a missile at a 4-storey house belonging to Jamal Mahmoud Yassin
al-Dalu, 52. 3 families comprising 11 individuals live in the house, which is
situated opposite to Bank of Palestine in al-Nasser Street in the north of Gaza
City. The house was completely destroyed with residents inside. As a result, 8
members of the family (4 children and 4 women) were killed; the Civil Defense
crews have removed their bodies from the debris. The victims include a mother
and her 4 children. The victims whose bodies have been found and identified
are:

 

1- Samah Abdul
Hamid al-Dalu, 27;

2- Jamal
Mohammed Jamal al-Dalu, 6;

3- Yousef
Mohammed Jamal al-Dalu, 4;

4- Sarah
Mohammed Jamal al-Dalu, 7;

5- Ibrahim
Mohammed Jamal al-Dalu, 1;

6- Tahani
Hassan al-Dalu, 52;

7- Suhaila
Mahmoud al-Dalu, 73; and

8- Raneen Jamal
al-Dalu, 22.

 

Rescue crews are still searching for 2 members of the family who
are still missing: Yara Jamal Mahmoud al-Dalu, 17; and Mohammed Jamal Mahmoud
al-Dalu, 29. As a result of this violent attack, several nearby houses were
destroyed, including one that belongs to the al-Muzannar family where 2
civilians, including an old woman, were killed:

 

1- Ameena Matar
al-Mauzannar, 75; and

2- Abdullah
Mohammed al-Muzannar, 19.

 

Additionally, 9 civilians, including 2 children and 3 women, were
wounded.

 

Israeli media reported this morning that the Israeli military was
investigating the possibility that the al-Dalu family home was attacked due to
false identification of the its inhabitants. It added that the attack had been
intended to target a member of the Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing
of Hamas). Under international humanitarian law, Israeli forces are obliged to
abide by the principles of discrimination and proportionality, and must only
carry out attacks which fulfil the requirement of military necessity. It is
clear that Israeli forces did not abide by these principles in carrying out
this attack.

 

PCHR strongly condemns this crime, which constitutes a clear
violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, and calls upon
the international community to immediately act to stop crimes committed by
Israeli forces. PCHR further 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.


The house of the al-Dalu
family after the attack – photo by PCHR


The house of the al-Dalu
family after the attack – photo by PCHR


The house of the al-Dalu
family after the attack – photo by PCHR