Ref: 34/2012

 

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have continued the military
offensive on the Gaza Strip, which they initiated on Friday evening, 09 March
2012.  Today, 2 Palestinian civilians (an old man and his
daughter) have been killed and 31 others, including 14 children and 7 women,
have been wounded. Two members of resistance have been killed, and two others
have been also wounded by a series of Israeli air strikes.  Thus, the
number of Palestinians killed since the beginning of this offensive has risen
to 22 and the number of those wounded has risen to 68, most of them civilians. 

 

Investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights
(PCHR) into alleged crimes committed by IOF from Friday evening, 09 March 2012
until Monday noon, 12 March 2012, indicate as follows:

 

At approximately 01:40 on Monday, 12 March 2012, an Israeli
warplane fired a missile at an agricultural plot on ‘Oujan Street in the east
of al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  A number of nearby houses were damaged, and
Ahlam ‘Arraf Jundiya, 18, was injured in her forehead by fragments of glass
while she was at home. 

 

At approximately 02:00 also on Monday, an Israeli warplane fired a
missile at a house belonging to Bahjat Mohammed Hammad near Jabalya Martyrs
Elementary School in ‘Izbat ‘Abed Rabbu in the northern Gaza Strip town of
Jabalya.  The missile hit the first floor
of the three-storey house, where 9 individuals, including 3 children live.  As a result, the house was completely
destroyed and 7 members of the family, including 3 children and 3 women, were
wounded.  Eighteen neighboring houses
were also affected by the missile, 3 of them sustained heavy damages.  Twelve members of the Abu al-‘Eish family,
including 3 children and two women, and 7 members of the Sukkar family,
including 5 children, were also wounded. 
The houses of the two families are adjacent to the targeted house.  In addition, 350 windows, 7 wooden and 3 iron
doors in the above school were damaged. 
Two windows from the Palestine Red Crescent Society premises were also
destroyed. 

 

At approximately 02:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a
empty area in ‘Abassan village, east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan
Yunis.  No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 05:40, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at
Hamada Salman Ahmed Abu Mutlaq, 20, from ‘Abassan village east of Khan Yunis, a
member of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad), when he was near
Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Mosque in ‘Abassan village. 
Abu Mutlaq was instantly killed by shrapnel throughout the body.  Additionally, windows of three nearby houses
were destroyed, injuring the head of two-year-old Muhannad Eyad Abu Hamad.

 

At approximately 06:10, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at Sara
Hill in the east of al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 06:40, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a
empty area in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 07:00, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at 3
members of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad), who were
traveling on a 3-wheel motorcycle near al-Radwan Mosque in al-Qarara village,
northeast of Khan Yunis.  One of the
members of resistance, Ra’fat Jawad Adeeb Abu ‘Eid, 25, was killed by shrapnel
throughout the body, while the two other members of resistance were wounded,
one of them is in a serious condition as his legs were amputated. 

 

At approximately 13:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at
Mohammed Mustafa al-Hussoumi, 65, and his daughter Faiza, 30, when they were on
their agricultural plot near Tal al-Za’tar School in the northern Gaza Strip
town of Beit Lahia.  The old man was
instantly killed, and his daughter died a few minutes after her admission in
Kamal ‘Edwan Hospital in Beit Lahia.   

 

PCHR
reiterates condemnation of these crimes and expresses utmost concern over such
escalation, especially in light to continuous Israeli threats, and:

 

1. Stresses that the IOF is committing grave breaches of
international humanitarian law for using excessive and disproportional force in
disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians.

 

2. Calls upon the international community to immediately take an
action to stop 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 obligations 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 and Protocol I Additional of the Geneva
Conventions. 



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