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Israeli Airstrikes Kill and Injure 15 persons: Al Mezan Condemns the Israeli Aggression and Calls for International Intervention

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30 October 2011 |Reference 80/2011

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have escalated their attacks on the Gaza Strip, striking a group of Islamic Jihad activists at a training site in the west of Rafah district, far from the Strip’s border with Israel, killing five persons.
  This and other IOF airstrikes have killed nine persons and injured six others.
  Of these, one was a girl under 15 years of age.
  According to Al Mezan’s field investigations, at approximately 1:10 pm on Saturday 29 October 2011, Israeli aircraft fired several missiles at a group of activists from the Islamic Jihad movement in Rafah who were gathered at a training site located in the west of the Tal As-Sultan neighborhood, west of Rafah.
  The attack killed five persons.
  Al Mezan has identified them as follows:   Ahmad Khalil Ash-Sheik Khalil, 36, from Rafah.
Mohammad Khamis  ‘Ashour, 24, from Khan Younis.
Abdel Karim Mousa Al Masri, 30, from Khan Younis.
Hassan Mohammad Al Khodary, 27, from Gaza City.
Basem Mohammad Abu Al ‘Atta, 33, from Gaza City.
  Moreover, the attack resulted in the injury of another three persons, whom Al Mezan has identified as follows:   Samir Mohammad Abu M’amar, 21.
‘Oday Yahya Abu M’amar, 23.
Basem Sobhy Ghanam, 31.
  All three were transferred to Abu Yousif An-Najjar Hospital, where their injuries were described as moderate.
  At approximately 9:35 pm on Saturday 29 October 2011, an Israeli drone fired at least one missile at a group of Islamic Jihad movement activists in the As-Salam neighborhood west of Rafah crossing, in the southwest of Rafah district.
  As a result, two men were killed.
  Al Mezan has identified them as follows:   Sami Hamad Abu Sabt, 23; and Suleiman Mahrous Abu Fatma, 20.
  Both were from Rafah.
  Moreover, another man, 36, was injured in this attack.
  At approximately 9:45 pm on Saturday 29 October 2011, an Israeli drone fired at least one missile at a group of resistance fighters in Wadi As-Salqa village, in the southeast of Deir Al Balah.
  As a result, a resistance member sustained moderate injuries.
  In addition, Rawand Tayseer Abu Mghisib, 15, sustained shrapnel wounds in her left arm.
  She was transferred to Al Aqsa Hospital, where her injuries were described as light.
  At approximately 10:30 pm on Saturday 29 October 2011, Israeli aircraft fired at least one missile at a group of resistance members with the Al Quds Brigades, stationed on open land to the south of the airstrip located at the Ansar complex west of Gaza City.
  As a result, Nahed Mohammad Hajaj, 24, and Suheal Ibrahim Jondia, 27, were killed.
  Both were from the Ash-Sheja’iya neighborhood in Gaza City.
  No other casualties or injuries were reported.
  Israeli drones are flying intensively in the Gazan sky, while Israeli aircraft continue to attack civilian buildings and properties.
  Al Mezan has documented the following additional attacks:   At approximately 3:00 am on Sunday 30 October 2011, Israeli aircraft fired at least one missile at an open area on Bour Sa’id Street, in the middle of Gaza City.
  Adjacent buildings were damaged as a result.
  No casualties or injuries were reported.
  At approximately 2:55 am on Sunday 30 October 2011, Israeli aircraft fired at least one missile at a training site in the east of Az-Zaitoun neighborhood.
  As a result, the Tunis Secondary School and Bessan Elementary School sustained physical damages.
  No casualties or injuries were reported.
  At approximately 3:35 am on Sunday 30 October 2011, Israeli aircraft fired two missiles in a period of less than ten minutes at a greenhouse modified for fish farming in a former settlement area northwest Khan Younis.
  As a result, the greenhouse was damaged.
  No casualties or injuries were reported.
  At approximately 2:30 am on Sunday 30 October 2011, Israeli aircraft attacked a training site in a former settlement area in the west of Khan Younis.
  As a result, the training site was damaged.
  No casualties or injuries were reported.
  The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns the escalating Israeli aggression.
These attacks began abruptly, like the aggression this past August, and were forceful enough to spark a reaction from the Palestinian factions.
  This adds fuel to the conflict, which has always allowed a process of killing and destruction to continue in the Gaza Strip, including of civilians and civilian property.
  Al Mezan therefore calls on the international community to take effective measures to put an end to the Israeli aggression and to the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.
  Al Mezan calls for holding accountable persons who are guilty of systematic violation of the rules of international law.
  This is the only way to end the ongoing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
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