PCHR: IOF Continue the Offensive on the Gaza Strip – Civilian Deaths Rise to 10, Including 6 Children, and 253 Others, Including 62 Children, Wounded
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have continued the offensive on the Gaza Strip. Over the past 24 hours, IOF have intensified aerial, marine and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip. The number of Palestinians who have been killed has mounted to 19, including 10 civilians. The civilian victims include 6 children and a woman. Additionally, 257 Palestinians, including 253 civilians, have been wounded – this number includes 62 children and 42 women. The latest development since the press release issued by PCHR yesterday noon have been as follows:
The Northern Gaza Strip:
IOF have launched 130 airstrikes targeting agricultural areas in the vicinity of houses, and paramilitary training sites. As a result of these attacks, 3 Palestinian civilians, including two children, have been killed, and 66 others, including 63 civilians, were wounded – this number includes 16 children and 6 women. Additionally, a number of houses and a mosque have been damaged.
At approximately 22:30 on Thursday, 15 November 2012, Odai Jamal Nasser, 15, and Fares Ahmed al-Basyouni, 8, were killed while they were inside their houses, which are located a few meter away from an agricultural plot belonging to the Shabat family which was hit by an Israeli missile in al-Wad area in Beit Hanoun town. Additionally, 22 Palestinian civilians, including 14 children and 3 women, were wounded.
Earlier, at noon, Marwan Abdul Rahman Mohammed Abu al-Qumsan, 42, an UNRWA teacher, was killed when IOF bombarded a space area near Nour al-Huda Mosque in al-Israa neighborhood in the southeast of Beit Lahia town. He had been visiting the house of his brother, Radwan, 76, who was also seriously wounded.
Israeli warplanes launched dozens of air strikes on Gaza City, targeting governmental buildings, civilian property and other objects. The most significant targets was the building of the Civil Department of the Ministry of Interior in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in the south of the City. The building was totally destroyed and a number of nearby buildings and houses were heavily damaged. Israeli fighter jets bombarded also the building of the Collection and Inspection Center of Gaza Municipality near Abu Mazen Square. The building was completely destroyed and a number of nearby houses and buildings were heavily damaged. Israeli fighter jets further bombarded a plot belonging to an ecclesiastic center near the Roots Restaurant in the southwest of Gaza City.
Additionally, Israeli gunboats bombarded an electricity transmitter near the house of Prime Minister Ismail Haniya in the Beach camp. A number of houses and a civilian car were heavily damaged.
On Thursday evening, 15 November 2012, 10-month-old Haneen Khaled Ahmed Tafesh died of wounded she had sustained in the head when an Israeli warplane bombarded her family's house in al-Zaytoun neighborhood. Her mother and another two persons were wounded in the same attack.
On Friday morning, 16 November 2012, Kamal Mohammed Murad Maqat, 23, died from a heart attack, when IOF bombarded a plot located near his house in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood.
As a result of Israeli airstrikes, 60 Palestinian civilians, including 10 women and 13 children, have been wounded.
The Central Gaza Strip:
IOF have launched 21 airstrikes targeting agricultural plots, space areas and paramilitary training sites. As a result of these attacks, 4 Palestinian civilians, including two children and a woman, were injured, and a number of houses and a school have been extensively damaged.
IOF have launched 18 airstrikes on Khan Yunis. The targets included a house belonging to Mohammed al-Sinwar, a leader of the Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in al-Satar al-Gharbi area in the north of Khan Yunis, which was completely destroyed. Additionally, 5 nearby houses and the buildings of the Youth Dawn Association and al-Jaleel Association were heavily damaged, while a Palestinian civilian was injured when a wall collapsed over him while he was sleeping. As a result of other attacks, an UNRWA clinic in the west of the town was heavily damaged, and 4 civilians, including two children, were wounded.
On Thursday evening, two-year-old Waleed Mahmoud al-Abadla died of wound he had sustained throughout the body, when IOF bombarded a farmland near his family's house, where he was playing, in al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis, in the morning.
IOF have launched 18 airstrikes on various areas in Rafah, targeting agricultural plots, space areas and paramilitary training sites. The Israeli artillery also shelled the town sporadically.
Seven Palestinian civilians, including 5 members of the Fouju family (a man, his wife and their three children), were wounded while they were inside their houses when an Israeli missile hit Zourob Square in the west of the town on Thursday evening, 15 November 2012.
Dozens of houses and public facilities have been extensively damaged.
PCHR reiterates condemnation and expresses utmost concern for these crimes, and:
1- Warns of deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in light of this new Israeli military escalation and the tightened closure.
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