[News] Palestine Center for Human Rights - Israeli forces escalate aggressions
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Fri Aug 25 11:12:35 EDT 2006
PCHR weekly report: Israeli forces escalate aggressions
(Gaza City) PCHR
Friday, 25 August 2006
The photo comes courtesy of the Palestinian
Centre for Human Rights with its weekly report
for 17 through 23 August reprinted below.
The PCHR photo caption reads, "A house in Rafah
belonging Mansour Abu Humaid, which was bombarded
by Israeli warplanes on 22 August 2006, after
Israeli Occupation Forces had telephoned the
family ordering the evacuation of the house."
"Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Escalate Attacks
on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)
8 Palestinians were killed by IOF.
A woman from Rafah died from a previous wound
she has sustained when IOF attacked her and her
two children, who were killed in the attack.
Two of the victims were extra-judicially executed by IOF.
26 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children
and a woman, were wounded by the IOF gunfire.
IOF launched a series of air strikes on a
number of houses in the Gaza Strip.
Two houses were destroyed in Rafah and Jabalya.
IOF conducted 44 incursions into Palestinian
communities in the West Bank, and two others into the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested 64 Palestinian civilians in the
West Bank, including 5 children and 4 women.
IOF arrested the Deputy Prime Minister and the
Secretary of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
IOF raided offices of 3 charitable societies in Hebron.
IOF razed at least 30 donums of agricultural
land and arrested 5 Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.
IOF have continued to impose a total siege on
the OPT; IOF have imposed a tightened siege on
the Gaza Strip and there have been shortages of
foodstuffs and fuels; and IOF positioned at a
various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 9
Palestinian civilians, including two children.
IOF have continued to construct the Annexation
Wall in the West Bank; they confiscated more
areas of land in Tulkarm; they resumed the
construction of a section of the Wall near Shavi
Shomron settlement in the northern West Bank;
and they used force to disperse a peaceful
demonstration protesting the construction of the
Wall in Balein village, west of Ramallah.
As the international community has remained
silent, IOF have continued to wage a full scale
offensive on the Palestinian people, especially
in the Gaza Strip. During the reported period,
IOF have continued their attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.
PCHR, monitoring with utmost concern the
developments of this offensive, calls upon the
international community, particularly the High
Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions of
1949 and United Nations, to immediately intervene
to force IOF to stop this offensive and lift the
siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.
The outcome of crimes committed by IOF since 25 June 2006:
o 216 Palestinians, mostly civilians,
including 45 children and 11 women, have been killed by IOF.
o At least 842 Palestinian civilians,
including 240 children and 28 women, have been wounded by the IOF gunfire.
o At least 221 air-to-surface missiles and
hundreds of artillery shells have been fired at
Palestinian civilian and military targets in the Gaza Strip.
o Buildings of the Palestinian Ministry of
Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the
Ministry of National economy, the office of the
Palestinian Prime Minister and a number of
educational institutions have been destroyed.
o The electricity generation plant, providing
45% of the electricity of the Gaza Strip, was
destroyed, and electricity networks and
transmitters have been repeatedly attacked.
o 6 bridges linking Gaza City with the
central Gaza Strip and a number of roads have been destroyed.
o Hundreds of donums of agricultural land and
dozens of houses have been destroyed.
o Hundreds of Palestinian civilians,
including 9 ministers and 30 members of the
Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), including
the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Secretary, have
been arrested. Minster of Prisoners Affairs,
Minister of Labor and Second Deputy Speaker of the PLC were released.
o The Palestinian governmental compound in Nablus has been destroyed.
o Many families in Rafah, Beit Hanoun and
Beit Lahia have been forced to leave their houses.
o IOF intelligence has warned some
Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip by phone
to evacuate their houses, which would be attacked.
o 27 houses belonging to activists of
Palestinian factions were destroyed by IOF warplanes.
o IOF have imposed a strict siege on the OPT,
and have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
Israeli violations of international law continued
in the OPT during the reported period (17 23 August 2006):
Killing: During the reported period, IOF killed
two Palestinian civilians and 3 members of the
al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the
Islamic Jihad. On 17 August 2006, IOF shot dead a
deaf Palestinian civilian near the border between
the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of the al-Boreij
refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, when he
was cutting grass. On 18 August 2006, IOF shot
dead a Palestinian civilian in Beit Lahia, when
he was grazing animals near the border between
the Gaza Strip and Israel. In the two crimes, IOF
did not warn the victims. On 22 August 2006, IOF
killed 3 members of the al-Quds Brigades, when
they were in al-Qarara village, nearly 500 meters
away from the border. The victims apparently bled
to death. They were not armed. On 20 August 2006,
a woman from Rfah died from a wound she had
sustained on 5 August 2006, when an IOF drones
fired a missile at her and her children. Two of
her children were also killed in the attack. In
addition, 11 Palestinian civilians, including a
woman and two children, were wounded by the IOF gunfire.
Thus, the number of Palestinians killed by IOF in
the Gaza Strip since the beginning of Operation
Summer Rains on 25 June 2006 has increased to
193, including 43 children and 11 women. In
addition, 726 others, mostly civilians, including
196 children, 27 women, 4 paramedics and 4 journalists, have been wounded.
IOF also launched at least two air strikes on two
houses in the Gaza Strip belonging to Palestinian
resistance activists. These houses were
destroyed, and a number of neighboring houses and
civilian facilities were severely damaged. IOF
intelligence officers ordered owners of these
houses by phone to evacuate their houses.
During the reported, IOF fired dozens of
artillery shells at Palestinian residential areas
and agricultural land in the Gaza Strip. A number
of Palestinian civilians were killed or wounded
and a number of houses were damaged.
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