16 Palestinians, Including 4 Children, Killed in
Gaza, by Israeli Air Strikes, Netanyahu Threatens to Use Deadlier Force
19 Palestinians Injured In New Wave Of Airstrikes Targeting
Saturday June 23, 2012 04:28 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that 19
Palestinians were wounded in a series of renewed Israeli air strikes
targeting the Gaza Strip. The attacks come after two Palestinians were
killed on Friday, and several other residents were wounded.
sources stated that the army bombarded, at 2 am local Gaza time, the Al-Saraya
Security Compound in Ar-Remal neighborhood in Gaza City, causing eight
injuries and leading to excessive damage. Several nearby homes were
damaged, while several of civilians, mainly children, suffered anxiety
Several residents were injured, one seriously, when the
army bombarded the Tuwam, near Gaza City; the wounded residents were
moved to Kamal Odwan Hospital, and the Ash-Shifa Medical Center.
Furthermore, the Israeli Air Force bombarded an area near the Waha
Resort, west of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
The army also fired at least one missile at residents near the Cars
Market, east of Ash-Shejaeyya neighborhood, in Gaza City.
Abu Salmiyya, spokesperson of the Medical and Emergency Services in Gaza
said that the 10 of the 19 wounded residents, including one woman, were
injured when the army bombarded a center for the Al-Qassam Brigades of
Hamas, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
He added that
eight more civilians were injured in the center of Gaza City after the
army fired at least one missiles targeting a security center. One
resident was wounded west of Dir Al-Balah, after the army fired two
missiles targeting a Qassam center.
The recent wave of attacks
comes after the army killed on Friday two Palestinians, and wounded
several others, in two separate Israeli air strikes targeting Gaza.
Furthermore, the Hamas-led government in Gaza ordered all government
and security centers evacuated fearing additional Israeli bombardment,
especially since Israeli warplanes can still be heard and seen flying
over different parts of the Gaza Strip.
Israel Continues to
Strike Gaza Through the Night
Circarre Parrhesia - IMEMC & Agencies
Sat, 23 Jun 2012 02:18:02
The shelling of Gaza has continued into
the early hours of Saturday morning, according to Palestinian residents
of the coastal enclave.
Young Palestinians have taken to the
social networking platform Twitter for the last two hours to report
multiple bombardments from Israeli Air Force jets resulting in damage
In the area of As-Saraya was struck leading to a
large fire, which was attended to by firefighters, and resulted in seven
Air strikes in the north of Gaza resulted in six more
This week 9 Palestinians have been killed, the majority
of whom have been claimed as fighters by various groups. Furthermore
dozens have been injured, mostly civilians.
The Gaza Strip is
home to 1.7 million Palestinians, and is 356 square kilometers in size,
making it the most densely populated part of the world.
Netanyahu threatens to use deadlier force against Gaza
[ 24/06/2012 - 12:08 PM ]
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
Israeli occupation government so-called prime minister, Benjamin
Netanyahu, threatened to use greater deadly force than the latest
attacks on Gaza civilians if necessary.
Netanyahu made his remarks on Sunday ignoring the fact that his army
was the first that started last Monday to escalate its aerial and
artillery deadly attacks, not to mention the ongoing daily Israeli
violations on Gaza borderline and against its fishermen.
He stressed that his army responded with armed force against those
who tried to harm Israel's citizens and would use deadlier force against
them if required.
He added that Israel's policy allows the use of lethal force to
defend its people in the southern area (the illegal settlements there).
News reports stated that an unwritten agreement for calm between
Israel and the Palestinian resistance in Gaza was reached under the
auspices of Egypt.
This was the second truce within a few days Egypt managed to broker
between the two sides in an attempt to prevent any further Israeli
escalation against Gaza people.
Israel's deadly attacks on Gaza since last Monday have claimed the
lives of 16 Palestinians including four children and led to the injury
of 70 others, mostly civilians from women and children.
16 Palestinians, Including 4 Children, Killed In One Week
Sunday June 24, 2012 02:13 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that one
resident was killed, and ten others were wounded, when the Israeli army
bombarded, on Saturday evening, an area West of Gaza City. The latest
attack brings the death toll to 16, including 4 children, in one week;
at least 73 Palestinians, including children and women, were wounded in
more than 40 strikes carried out by the Israeli military.
Ashraf Al-Qudra, spokesperson of the Ministry of Health in Gaza,
reported that resident Osama Mahmoud Al-Adda, was killed on Saturday
evening, and ten residents were injured when the army fired a missile at
Al-Adda driving his motorcycle in Al-Quds Open University Street, west
of Gaza City.
Al-Adda is a member of the Salah Ed-Deen Brigades,
the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza.
missile fired by the army also led to dozens of injuries among the
civilian population as it hit a wall of a residential tower.
Adham Abu Salmiyya, spokesperson of the Medical and Emergency Services
in Gaza, accused Israel of committing war crimes against the civilian
population in Gaza, and demanded the International Community to
intervene and stop the Israeli military escalation against the Gaza
Speaking to the Maan News Agency, Abu Salmiyya identified
the Palestinians, killed by Israeli missiles and shells in one week, as;
1. Osama Mahmoud Ali, 42, killed on Saturday June 23 by a
missile fired by an Israeli drone west of Gaza City.
Nasser Al-Bor’ey, 25, killed on Saturday June 23 by a missile fired by
the army targeting Qleibo Hill, east of Jabalia.
3. Mo’taz Ali
Ash-Shawwaf, 6, killed on Saturday June 23, when the army bombarded a
playground east of Khan Younis.
4. Mohammad Abdo Az-Za’aneen,
23, killed on June 18 by an Israeli missile in As-Sikka Street, east of
5. Homam Jamal Abu Qadous, 20, killed on Friday June
22 in As-Sudaniyya area, north of Gaza City.
6. Bassem Abdullah
Ahmad, 28, killed on Friday June 22, when the army fired artillery
shells into an area east of the Al-Boreij refugee camp, in the central
7. Mohammad Zuheir Al-Khaledy, 30, suffocated by
toxic gas after the army bombarded a siege-busting tunnel, in the
northern part of the Gaza Strip.
8. Thaer Mohammad Al-Beik, 26,
suffocated by toxic gas after the army bombarded a siege-busting tunnel,
in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
9. Mo’men Al-Addam, 13
years old, killed on June 21, after the army bombarded Az-Zeitoun
neighborhood, east of Gaza City.
10. Ghaleb Awwad Ermeilat, 21,
killed on June 20, after the army fired a missile at a motorcycle in
Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
11. Hadeel Ahmad
Al-Haddad, 2 years old, killed on June 19, after the army bombarded her
parents’ home in Az-Zeitoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City.
Bassam Mohammad Abu Ma’leeq, 16, killed on June 19 by Israeli shells
near the Kissufim Crossing, in the central Gaza Strip.
Yousef At-Tilbani, 16, killed on June 19 by Israeli shells near the
Kissufim Crossing, in the central Gaza Strip.
14. Jihad Abu
Shabab, 22, killed on June 18 by an Israeli missile in As-Sikka Street,
east of Beit Hanoun.
15. Mohammad Shbat, 23, killed on June 18 by
a missile fired by an Israeli drone east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern
part of the Gaza Strip.
16. Mohammad Abu Odah, 24, killed on June
18 by a missile fired by an Israeli drone east of Beit Hanoun.
The Israeli bombardment targeted areas believed to be resistance
training camp, in addition to densely populated neighborhoods, sports
arenas, blacksmith and other workshops, homes and residential buildings.
2 Killed, 5 Injured in Israeli Air Strike; Multiple
Projectiles Fired From the Gaza Strip
Saturday June 23, 2012 00:20 by Circarre Parrhesia - IMEMC & Agencies
Two Palestinians have been killed and five others injured, on Friday,
following two separate Israeli air force strikes in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian children mourn for Basil Ahmad during his funeral in Bureij
refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, Friday, June 22, 2012 - Team Palestina
Reuters have reported that both men were fighters belonging to a
Salafist group, who Israeli daily Haaretz have named as Jaljalat,
although the Popular Resistance Committees have claimed one of the men
as a member of their group.
Earlier reports from various outlets
reported on the first air raid that struck Al-Boreij Refugee Camp, in
the central Gaza Strip, leading to one death and one injury.
According to the BBC, the deceased was named as Basel Ahmed by an
Israeli military spokesperson, who claimed that Ahmed was preparing a
projectile to fire.
The second slain resident was identified as
Homam Abu Qadous, 20, from Sheikh Radwan; he died of his wounds at the
Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.
The strikes followed the firing
of two projectiles earlier in the day and in total the State of Israel
has stated that four projectiles were fired in total on Friday, causing
no injury or damage.
The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing
of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine, later claimed
that they fired four projectiles, Ma'an News Agency Reported.
total of projectiles reported to be fired during Friday has varied.
The second air raid targeted the north of the Gaza Strip, and came
as a result of rocket fire in the late evening. The Israeli air force
claims that, as in the earlier instance, the air raids targeted fighters
in the process of firing projectiles.
The relative calm of the
last few months has been broken this week, with various military wings
firing projectiles into Israel and multiple Israeli airstrikes.
Nine Palestinians have been killed and scores were injured, along with
the injury of four Israeli soldiers.
PCHR Weekly Report: 10 Palestinians killed by Israeli
soldiers and settlers this week
Friday June 22, 2012 08:16 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the
Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 14– 20 June 2012, the
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Palestinian women
and children have been killed or wounded by Israeli settlers in Gaza,
Hebron, and throughout the West Bank.
Mosque burned and damaged
by Israeli settlers (PCHR photo)
Israeli attacks in the Gaza
During the reporting period, Israeli forces escalated
attacks against the Gaza Strip. They killed eight Palestinians,
including a child, and wounded 17 others, including a woman, three
children and a blind old man. Additionally, five Palestinian civilians,
including three children, sustained cuts and bruises.
On 14 June
2012, two members of the Palestinian resistance were wounded by Israeli
artillery shelling that targeted al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis.
On 17 June 2012, a Palestinian civilian was wounded during an
Israeli military incursion into Wadi al-Salqa village in the central
On the same day, five Palestinian civilians,
including a woman and her husband, were wounded by shrapnel when Israeli
warplane bombarded a workshop in Rafah.
In the Gaza Strip, on 18
June 2012, four members of the Palestinian resistance were killed and a
fifth one was seriously wounded by two Israeli air strikes in the north.
On 19 June 2012, two Palestinian boys were killed and a third
one was wounded by Israeli forces at the border between the Gaza Strip
and Israel to the east of al-Msaddar village. The three boys attempted
to cross the border to search for jobs in Israel.
On 20 June
2012, a Palestinian child was killed and his blind father and three
children were wounded by an Israeli air strike in Tal al-Hawa
neighborhood in Gaza City.
On the same day, a member of the
Palestinian resistance was killed and another was wounded by an Israeli
sir strike in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.
June 20, Israeli forces launched a series of air strikes against
civilian targets in the Gaza Strip. As a result of these attacks, a
house and two cars were destroyed and a number of houses were damaged.
Additionally, five civilians, including three children, sustained
During the reporting period, Israeli warplanes attacked
a number of training sites of the Palestinian resistance in various
areas in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli gunboats opened fire on
fishing boats in the northern and central Gaza Strip on 9 occasions.
No casualties were reported. The Israeli navy also abducted six
Palestinian fishermen, and released them the following day after day
after questioning them overnight.
Israeli forces positioned at
the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at Palestinian
communities and agricultural land, but no casualties were reported.
Israeli settlement activities:
In the West Bank, on 17 June
2012, two Palestinians were killed by an Israeli settler south of
Hebron. The settler, who was driving a truck in the area, claimed that
three Palestinians attacked him with an iron bar and in response, he
fired at them. The settler claimed that when he was traveling near al-Simya
village, he was attacked by the Palestinians, and felt that his life was
endangered, so he fired at them, killing two of them and injuring the
third one. The settler used lethal force against these Palestinians
choosing not to submit them to Israeli forces. There is an Israeli
military observation point one kilometer away to the west of the area in
which the attack took place.
Israeli forces have continued
settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have
continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
June 2012, a number of Israeli settlers from “Qidoumim” settlement,
northeast of Qalqilya, set fire to an area of agricultural land in Kufor
Qaddoum village. As a result, seven olive trees and 15 almond trees were
completely burnt, before Palestinian fire fighters were able to
extinguish the fire.
On 18 June 2012, Israeli forces handed
notices ordering the demolition of four houses in Sha’ab al-Sair area
near “Karmi Tsur” settlement in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron.
According to those notices, the owners of the houses may appeal the
demolition orders before Beit Eil military court no later than 03 July
On 19 June 2012, Israeli settlers set fire to Zaid Ben
Hareth Mosque in Jaba’ village, northeast of Jerusalem. According to
eyewitnesses, one of the windows in the Mosque and the carpets inside
the Mosque were on fire. Locals were able to extinguish the fire, which
destroyed the glass of that window and some of the carpets, in addition
to damage done to walls and the frame of that window. Hebrew writing was
found on one of the external walls of the Mosque, which referred to war
and revenge. The Hebrew writing shows a connection between this crime
and the evacuation of the Olbana neighborhood in the Beit Eil
settlement, north of Ramallah and al-Bireh. It should also be noted that
the Adam settlement is located approximately 500 meters to the east of
the Zaid Ben Hareth Mosque.
Israeli attacks in the West Bank:
Israeli forces conducted 54 incursions into Palestinian communities
in the West Bank, during which they abducted 17 Palestinian civilians,
including 3 children.
Israeli forces have continued efforts to
create a Jewish demographic majority in East Jerusalem. The Israeli
municipality of Jerusalem forced a Palestinian civilian to demolish his
house and a subordinate farm. On 17 June 2012, Shareef Mousa Laqyaniya,
from Beit Eksa village north of occupied Jerusalem, demolished his house
and farm after he had received a notice from the Israeli municipality of
Jerusalem ordering him to demolish his house and farm claimed that he
did not obtain a construction license from the municipality. According
to the notice, if he did not demolish the house and the farm by himself,
the municipality would do it and he would endure the cost of demolition.
According to Laqyaniya, he obtained a construction license from the
Palestinian Ministry of Local Government, but the Israeli municipality
refused to recognize the license.
Israeli forces have continued
to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians
throughout the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands
of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue
to be denied access to Jerusalem.
Israeli attacks against
During the reporting period, Israeli
forces used force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in
protest to the construction of the annexation wall and settlement
activities in the West Bank. As a result, 5 Palestinian civilians were
wounded and dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.
Following the Friday Prayer on 15 June 2012, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights
defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil'ein village, west of
Ramallah, in protest to the construction of the annexation wall and
settlement activities. They raised the Palestinian flag and called for
ending political division. They then moved towards areas of annexation
wall. They called through megaphones on Israeli settlers in “Mitityahu”
settlement to leave Palestinian land. Israeli soldiers stationed in the
area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas
canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, a number of demonstrators
suffered from tear gas inhalation.
Also following the Friday
Prayer on 15 June 2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians and
international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful
demonstration in Ne’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest to the
construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The
demonstrators moved towards areas of the annexation wall. Immediately,
Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a
result, dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.
Also following the Friday Prayer on 15 June 2012, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights
defenders gathered in the center of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of
Ramallah, to start the weekly peaceful protest against the construction
of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The protesters walked
towards the gate erected by Israeli forces near the entrance of the
village and leading to Palestinian lands that Israeli settlers from the
nearby "Halmish" settlement are trying to seize. Israeli soldiers who
had been extensively deployed in the area and near all the entrances of
the village since the morning, began to confront the protesters who
wanted to walk towards the affected lands. Israeli soldiers fired live
and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the
protesters. As a result, Bilal ‘Abdul Salam Tamimi, 46, a photographer
of the public resistance movement in Nabi Saleh village, was wounded by
a rubber-coated metal bullet to the right thigh. Some demonstrators also
suffered from tear gas inhalation.
At approximately 13:15 also on
Friday, 15 June 2012, Palestinian civilians and international human
rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Kufor Qaddoum
village, northeast of Qqlilya, in protest to the continued closure of
the eastern entrance of the village by Israeli forces. They moved
towards the entrance. Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas
canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, 3 demonstrators were hit
by tear gas canisters. Some demonstrators also suffered from tear gas
inhalation. Additionally, 600 chickens belonging to Zahi ‘Ali were
killed by tear gas.
Recommendations to the international
Due to the number and severity of Israeli human rights
violations this week, the PCHR made several recommendations to the
international community. Among these were a recommendation that the
international community recognize the Gaza disengagement plan, which was
implemented in September 2005, for what it is - not an end to occupation
but a compounding of the occupation and the humanitarian crisis in the
In recognition of the International Committee of the
Red Cross (ICRC) as the guardian of the Fourth Geneva Convention, PCHR
calls upon the ICRC to increase its staff and activities in the Occupied
Palestinian Territories, including the facilitation of family
visitations to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
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