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IOF Extrajudicially Kills Palestinian in Airstrike in Breach of Ceasefire; Al Mezan Condemns Attack and Calls on International Community to Intervene

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24 August 2011 |Reference 71/2011

In a violation of the recently announced ceasefire, Israeli aircraft extrajudicially killed a Palestinian man just after midnight last night.
This act could lead to military escalation, a deterioration in the security situation, and harm to the civilians and civilian property in the Gaza Strip, as the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)continue to carry out military operations that do not comply with international law, harm uninvolved civilians, and destroy public and civil facilities.
  According to information collected in the field by the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, about 30 minutes after midnight on Wednesday 24 August 2011, an Israeli drone fired at least one missile targeting Isma‘il Zuhdi Isma‘il Al Asmar, 36, as he was driving his car on Abu Bakr As-Sadeeq street, opposite the police station in Tal As-Sultan neighborhood in the west of the southern Gaza town of Rafah.
As a result, his body was dismembered and he was killed on the spot.
A child who was passing by in the street, Salama Radwan Awadallah, 14, sustained shrapnel wounds in different parts of his body.
 He was admitted to Abu Yousif An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, where his injuries were described as moderate.
  The Israeli authorities officially claimed responsibility for the attack, which came after a ceasefire which entered into force at 9:00pm on Monday 22 August 2011.
  The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights strongly condemns this renewed Israeli military activity, which amounts to an extrajudicial killing.
Al Mezan reasserts that extrajudicial attacks and killings constitute a flagrant and gross violation of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
International law bans extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary execution under all circumstances.
Attacks of this sort have frequently been carried out in the occupied Palestinian territories, killing and injuring civilians and damaging civilian objects, in breach of compliance with the basic principles of international humanitarian law.
  Al Mezan therefore reiterates its calls on the international community, particularly the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions, who are obligated under the Conventions to respect and ensure respect for them in all cases, to promptly intervene to end these grave Israeli breaches of international law and to secure effective international protection for civilians under Israel’s occupation in the Gaza Strip.
Al Mezan views the intervention of the international community as a legal and moral obligation as well as an urgent necessity, particularly in the current situation.
Without such intervention the IOF will only abuse the silence of the international community in order to expand its ongoing aggression.