Ref: 129/2012

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The number of
Palestinians killed by Israeli Occupation Forces in the course of the offensive
on the Gaza Strip, that has been ongoing for the fifth consecutive day, has
increased to 51, including 27 civilians. The civilian deaths include 10
children and 5 women. Additionally, 535 Palestinians, including 520 civilians,
have been wounded – this number includes 140 children and 83 women. Israeli
airstrikes over the past 24 hours have been intense and severe, and have
targeted civilian houses in disregard of the lives of their residents. They have
targeted media offices, wounding 10 journalists, in an attempt to prevent them
from reporting on crimes committed against Palestinian civilians. They have
also targeted governmental facilities located in densely-populated areas,
causing civilian causalities and extensive damage to civilian property.

 

The latest
developments since the press release issued by PCHR yesterday noon, 17 November
2012, have been as follows:

 

The
Northern Gaza Strip:

 

Since Saturday
evening, 17 November 2012, Israeli forces have launched 65 airstrikes targeting
a police station, houses of members of armed groups, agricultural plots and open
areas. Israeli gunboats also fired 40 artillery shells at the shore. As a
result of these attacks, 2 Palestinian children have been killed, and 61
civilians, including 18 children and 8 women, have been wounded.

 

At
approximately 02:00 on Sunday, Tamer Salama Eseifan, 4, and his sister Jumana,
2, were killed when an Israeli warplane fired a missile at an agricultural plot
belonging to the Masoud family near al-Bashir Mosque in Tal al-Zatar area in
Jabalya town. A house belonging to Salama Ibrahim Eseifan was destroyed and his
2 children were killed. As a result of other airstrikes, a clinic, a food supply
centre and a social services centre of UNRWA, a fuel station, the office of the
Palestine Theologians Association and dozens of houses, shops and cars were
heavily damaged. Four houses were completely destroyed by Israeli airstrikes. Israeli
drones first fired warning missiles in the vicinity of these houses and Israeli
fighter jets then bombarded and destroyed them.

 

Gaza
City:

 

Israeli forces
have launched dozens of airstrikes on Gaza City targeting media offices, houses
and security sites. Israeli warplanes bombarded an office of al-Quds Satellite
Channel on the 11th floor of Shawa and Hussari building in al-Wihda
Street in the centre of Gaza City. As a result of the attack, 7 journalists
were wounded; one of them, 20-year-old Khader Haidar al-Zahhar, sustained
serious wounds and his right leg was amputated. In another attack, Israeli
warplanes bombarded the 15th floor of al-Shorouq building, where the
office of al-Aqsa Television is located. The floor was extensively damaged, and
3 journalists working for Palestine Media Production, whose office is located
on the 14th floor, were wounded. In other airstrikes, 5
Palestinians, including 3 civilians (two women and a child), were killed, and
50 civilians, including 7 women and 9 children, were wounded. These attacks
were as follows:

 

At
approximately 12:30 on Saturday, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at members
of an armed group near a juice factory in al-Shujaiya neighborhood in the east
of Gaza City, killing one of them.

 

At
approximately 06:15 on Sunday, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the
garden of a house belonging to the al-Dib family in al-Mansoura Street in the
al-Shujaiya neighborhood. As a result of the attack, Sadiya Mohammed al-Dib,
62, was killed while she was feeding chickens in the garden.

 

At
approximately 07:10 on Sunday, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a police
station in al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of the city, destroying it. A
nearby house belonging to Othman Hussein Abdul Aal was also destroyed, and his
wife, Nawal Faraj Abdul Aal, 53, was killed.

 

At
approximately 11:30 on Sunday, Israeli gunboats stationed opposite Gaza beach
fired an artillery shell at a member of a Palestinian armed group when he was
near his house in Beach Camp, west of Gaza City, killing him. Additionally,
10-year-old Tasneem Zuhair Mohammed al-Nahhal, was killed.

 

The
Central Gaza Strip:

 

Israeli forces
have launched 23 airstrikes targeting agricultural areas, houses and other
objects. As a result of these attacks, 6 Palestinians, including 4 civilians,
one of whom is a child, have been killed, and 20 others, including 18
civilians, have been wounded – this number includes 4 children and 1 woman. The
most significant attacks have been as follows:

 

At
approximately 19:50 on Saturday, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a
gathering of Palestinian civilians in Wadi al-Salqa village, killing Ali Hassan
Bin Saeed, 25, and wounding 3 others.

 

At
approximately 20:00 on Saturday, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a
motorcycle on which 3 members of a Palestinian armed group were traveling,
killing one of them and wounding the other two.

 

At
approximately 20:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile on a plot near a house
belonging to Ahmed Salem Bin Saeed, 53, in al-Musaddar village, killing him and
wounding another 6 civilians, 2 of whom sustained serious wounds.

 

At
approximately 22:40 also on Saturday, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a
member of an armed group in Abu Arab area in Deir al-Balah, killing him.

 

At
approximately 08:10 on Sunday, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the fence
of a house belonging to Yousef Abu Khousa in the east of al-Boreij refugee
camp. As a result, Abu Khousa’s child, 1-year-old Eyad, was killed. His other
child and his nephew, aged 6 and 5 respectively, were also wounded.

 

Khan
Yunis:

 

Israeli forces
have launched 39 airstrikes, targeting a grocery shop, agricultural areas, a
poultry farm, a space area, paramilitary training sites, members of armed
groups and 2 houses of members of armed groups. As a result of these attacks,
Samaher Khalil Mahmoud Qudaih, 28, was killed when Israeli forces bombarded the
vicinity of her house in Khuzaa village, east of Khan Yunis on Saturday
evening. Her husband’s son was also seriously wounded. In other attacks, 10 civilians,
including 3 women and 2 children, were wounded. Several houses and the European
Gaza Hospital were also damaged because of targeting objects in their
vicinities.

 

Rafah:

 

Israeli forces
have launched 22 airstrikes, targeting houses, paramilitary training sites and
members of armed groups. As a result of these attacks, two Palestinians,
including 1 civilian, have been killed and another 25 civilians, including 8
children and 6 women, have been wounded. These attacks have been as follows:

 

On Sunday
morning, during the evacuation of a house belonging to the Abu Nuqaira family
in al-Shaboura refugee camp after Israeli forces had fired warning missiles at
a nearby house belonging to a member of an armed group, an Israeli warplane
fired a missile at the house, killing Ahmed Suleiman Abu Nuqaira, 61.

 

On Saturday
evening, a member of an armed group was killed when an Israeli warplane fired a
missile at him while he was riding a motorcycle in the east of Rafah. 2
civilian bystanders were also wounded in the attack.

 

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. 


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