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IOF Attacks Police Post in North Gaza; Killing One and Injuring Ten, Al Mezan Condemns IOF Attacks and Calls for International Intervention

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14 November 2011 |Reference 85/2011

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have escalated their aggression on the Gaza Strip.
On Monday, 14 November 2011, Israeli aircraft attacked a small naval post building in North Gaza district.
As a result, one police officer was killed and ten persons were injured, including one woman and six police officers.
The building was destroyed, three adjacent houses, a facility, and a vehicle were damaged in the attack.
  According to the field information available to Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, at approximately 01:57, on Monday, 14 November 2011, Israeli aircraft fired several missiles at a small Palestinian naval police post, located opposite An-Nawras resort in the As-Sudaniya area in North Gaza district.
As a result, the post was completely destroyed, the An-Nawras resort sustained physical damage, and three adjacent houses were partially damaged.
The body of police officer Mohammed Zaher Al Kelani, 22, was found dismembered under the rubble of the building.
Al Mezan identified the names of the ten injured persons as follows: ·         Majdi Jameel Yaseen Shaqoura, 44, in charge of the French Consul in the Gaza Strip, injured in the right leg; ·         His wife Majeda Mesbah Shaqoura, 42, who miscarried; both were injured in their house near the post.
·         Yousif Deeb Zaed, 44, guard at the An-Nawras resort; ·         Bahjat Saleh An-Nmelat, 21; a resident of the area; ·         Iyad Zakariya As-Sakani, 30, police officer; ·         Basel Mahmoud Abu Warda, 22, police officer; ·         Mohammed Nadi Ma’rouf, 25, police officer; ·         Hassan Khader Khudair, 29, police officer; ·         Mahmoud Mohammed Mas’oud, 27, police officer; and ·         Mohammed Ishtiwi, 25 police officer.
Medical sources at Kamal Odwan Hospital reported that one of the injured was in a critical state and the injuries of other victims were light to moderate.
According to Al Mezan’s field investigations, at least four large missile explosions were heard in the area.
The missiles targeted the naval police post, which lies on a piece of land and consists of a room for the post director, an administration room, an operations room, and a dorm room for police officers, five cells, and a store.
A blue Magnum car and three motorcycles were also damaged in the attack.
 Three adjacent houses belonging to Majdi Jameel Shaqoura, Saber An-Neirab, and Feriyal Ahmed Al Masri were damaged.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns this Israeli attack and condemns the excessive use of force against a civilian facility located in a residential neighborhood, which suggests deliberate intent to kill and injure civilians.
Al Mezan reiterates its previous call on the international community to promptly intervene to end the Israeli violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
Al Mezan also calls on the international community to work towards achieving justice and accountability in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Those who committed or ordered grave violations of international law must be brought to justice, and the right of the victims of such violations to justice and redress must be secured.