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Renewed Israeli Escalation in the Gaza Strip: 1 Palestinian man killed and another wounded, along with 8 civilians, including 4 children and 1 woman

Reference: 107/2012

 


The Palestinian Centre for
Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the assassination, on Sunday, 07 October
2012, of 1 Palestinian man and the severe injury of another.  8 civilian bystanders, including 4 children
and 1 woman, were also wounded in the attack. 
PCHR calls upon the international community to immediately act to stop
these actions by Israel’s forces and renews its call for the Higher Contracting
Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under
Article 1 of the Convention to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in
all circumstances.

 

According to investigations
conducted by
PCHR, at approximately 17:10 on Sunday,
an Israeli warplane fired two missiles at two men in civilian clothing who were
riding a motorcycle, as they were passing by Taha Hussain Elementary School in the
Al-Brazil neighborhood, south of Rafah.  It
should be noted that the attack was carried out at the end of the school day, moments
before the students began to leave the school. 

 

The targeted persons, Abd-Allah Hassan
Mikawy (24)
and Tal’at Khalil Al-Darbi (23), both from Rafah, sustained burns and shrapnel
wounds throughout their bodies. Their condition was described as critical.  Abd-Allah
Hassan Mikawy was transported to Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.
His leg was amputated but he died of his wounds on Monday evening.  Tal’at
Khalil Al-Darbi was transported to Nasser Hospital in Khan
Younis, where his leg was amputated, according to medical sources.

 

8 civilian bystanders were wounded in the attack,
including 4 children and 1 woman, the mother of 2 of the wounded children.  They were visiting the woman’s family home at
the time of the attack.  The wounded were
transported to Abu-Yousif Al-Najjar hospital in Rafah, and their wounds were
described as moderate.  The victims were
identified as:

 

1- Sabrin Hussain Al-Qatrous (Al-Maqousi) (23),
from Jabalia Camp, who was wounded inside her parents’ house;

2- Bisan Muhammad Al-Maqousi, (1 month), from
Jabalia Camp, who was wounded inside her grandparents’ house;

3- Nassim Muhammad Al-Maqousi (2), from Jabalia
Camp, who was wounded inside his grandparents’ house;

4- Malak Hisham Abu-Jazar (3), from Al-Brazil
neighborhood in Rafah, who was wounded in front of her family home;

5- Bashir Mustafa Keshta (10), from Al-Brazil
neighborhood in Rafah, who was wounded while walking in the street;

6- ‘Awad Muhammad Abu-‘Armana (30), from
Al-Brazil neighborhood in Rafah, who was wounded in front of his house;

7- Juhad Housni Al-Qatrous (27), from Al-Brazil
neighborhood in Rafah, who was wounded in front of his house; and

8- Abdul-Hadi Mahmoud Abu-Mor (56), from
Al-Salam neighborhood in Rafah, who was wounded while on his way to the mosque
attend Al-Maghreb (Sunset) prayer.

 

Israeli radio quoted military sources, reporting
that the raid had targeted two alleged members of the Global Jihad organization.
 The report alleged that the men were
planning a complex military attack in Sinai that was scheduled to be carried
out in the coming period.


PCHR reiterates condemnation
of these crimes, expresses utmost concern over such escalation, and:

 

1- Stresses that these crimes
form part of systematic violations perpetrated in the occupied Palestinian
territory, particularly the Gaza Strip, which reflect Israeli forces’ disregard
for the lives of Palestinian civilians; and

2- Calls upon the
international community to immediately take an action to put an end to such
crimes and reiterates its call for the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth
Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1 which stipulates
"the High Contracting Parties undertake to respect and to ensure respect
for the present Convention in all circumstances," and their obligation
under Article 146 which requires that the Contracting Parties prosecute persons
alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.  These grave breaches constitute war crimes
under Article 147 of the same Convention and under Additional Protocol I of the
Geneva Conventions.

 

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