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IOF Launch 13 Airstrikes on Gaza, Al Mezan Condemns IOF Escalation and Calls International Community to Intervene and Protect Civilians

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19 August 2011 |Reference 68/2011

For Immediate Release Time: 4:00 pm   Today, Friday, 19 August 2011, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) escalated their attacks on the Gaza Strip.
Until this release was issued at 4 pm Friday, the IOF launched 13 airstrikes on various targets throughout Gaza; killing two persons including a child, which raised the death toll to nine since Thursday evening.
Two of the nine were children.
One of them died from wounds that he had sustained in an IOF attack the last week.
 As a result of these attacks, 35 persons were injured including six children and a woman.
Six houses, five governmental facilities, seven NGO facilities, and a waste-water pumping station were damaged in these attacks.
Electricity networks were severely damaged in particular in the An-Nuseirat refugee camp in Middle Gaza district.
  Al Mezan Center for Human Rights has followed the developments and provides details on the Israeli attacks which were carried out since the morning hours of Friday 19 August 2011, as follows:   ·         At approximately 3:50 pm on Friday 19 August 2011, an Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a motorcycle near the Malaka square south of Gaza city.
As a result, Mohammed ‘Inaia, 20, was killed.
Medical sources reported that his body was dismembered.
A person who was with ‘Inaia was critically injured.
·         At approximately 12:45 pm on the same day, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a Palestinian car that was traveling in the Al Shati’ refugee camp west of Gaza City.
The missile missed the car and people who were in the car were not injured.
No casualties or injuries were reported.
·         At approximately 12:30 pm on the same day, Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a training site for the Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, near the Palestinian Intelligence Towers, west of An-Nasser neighborhood, northwest of Gaza City.
No casualties or injuries were reported.
·         At midday on Friday, medical sources at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza announced the death of Ashraf ‘Azzam, 30, from wounds that he had sustained when the IOF attacked him and two other persons in Az-Zaitoun neighborhood south of Gaza City on 16 August 2011.
The attack resulted in the killing of Mossa Ishtiwi, and the injury of ‘Azzam and another person.
·         At approximately 11:20 am on the same day, Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a waste-water pump station for the An-Nuseirat municipality.
The station is located west of the Gaza electricity plant north of An-Nuseirat refugee camp.
As a result, the station was completely destroyed and four pumps and electric generator inside it were destroyed.
The station was about 600 square meters in area.
Two passersby, including a woman, sustained light injuries in the attack.
Power lines were damaged and electricity was completely cut off in different areas in the Gaza district and in the An-Nuseirat refugee camp.
According to sources at the An-Nuseirat municipality, the station was established under the supervision of UNRWA.
·         At approximately 11:30 am on the same day, an Israeli aircraft fired a missile at an uninhabited house west of the industrial zone, northeast of Az-Zawaida village.
As a result, the house was completely destroyed and several adjacent houses were damaged.
Nabila Abdel Rahman Abu ‘Amra, 45, was injured while she was in her home.
In her affidavit to Al Mezan, Nabila stated that she was in her asbestos-roofed home doing some housekeeping when she heard a big explosion.
The asbestos roof was damaged and shattered and she sustained injury in her head.
The attack took place as people were at the Friday mass prayer; causing panic among civilians.
·         At approximately 11:30 am on the same day, Israeli aircrafts attacked a training site for the Ezadin Al Qassam Brigades in the Ar-Rmeda area in Bani Suhaila, east of Khan Younis.
  As a result, the site sustained physical damages, but no injuries or casualties were reported.
·         At approximately 7:00 am also on Friday, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the roof of the house of Zuhair Khalil Al Ayyoubi, 67, near the Az-Zaitoun clinic.
The three-story house hosts two families, about 25 persons; ten of whom are children.
The attack left a hole in the roof of the house.
Three water tanks and two solar heaters were damaged.
No casualties or injuries were reported.
·         At approximately 7:00 am on the same day, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the southeastern wall of a house owned by the sons of Hussein Nimis Sbeih.
The five-story house hosts five families, about 35 persons; 25 of whom are children, and is located in the Az-Zaitoun neighborhood.
 As a result, the wall was destroyed and three family members, including two children, sustained light injuries.
 Al Mezan identified their names as follows: ·         Bilal Hassan Sbeih, 35; ·         Anas Khalid Sbeih, 4; and ·         Ramiz Bilal Sbeih.
·         At approximately 2:15 am on the same day, Israeli aircraft attacked a training site for the Al Qassam Brigades in the evacuated settlements, west of Khan Younis.
As a result, the site sustained physical damages.
No casualties or injuries were reported.
·         At approximately 1:30 am on the same day, Israeli aircraft attacked an open field near Ibad Al-Rahman mosque in Khuzaa’ village, east of Khan Younis district.
As a result, the mosque and three adjacent houses were damaged.
No casualties or injuries were reported.
·         At approximately 1:30 am on the same day, Israeli helicopter gunships fired two missiles at a training site for the Al Qassam Brigades north Bissan amusement town north of Beit Lahiya, in North Gaza district.
As a result, a garbage container was destroyed and fire erupted in the site.
No casualties or injuries were reported.
·         At approximately 1:00 am on the same day, an Israeli aircraft fired a missile at an governmental building under construction.
The four-story building is located west of Al Kateeba Square, west of Gaza city.
As a result, 23 persons were injured; three of whom are police officers.
The western part of the building was destroyed and four governmental facilities were damaged; including the offices of the Ministry of Justice, the General Personnel Bureau, a police station, and the Government Information Office.
Six other non-governmental organizations and public facilities were also damaged in the attack: Al Dameer Association for Human Rights, the Costal Municipalities Water Utility, the Central Library (also called Jawaher La Nehro) of Al Azhar University, the Palestinian Center for Human Communication, Applied Future Polytechnic, and the Arts Village.
Moreover, the Sheikh Zayed mosque, Tarazi Gas Station and eight shops were damaged as a result of the attack.
  At around midnight of the same day, an explosion took place near the house of ‘Atef Mohammed Abu Samra, 41, which is located north of the former intelligence headquarters, locally named as As-Safeena (the ship), southwest of North Gaza district.
As a result, Mahmoud ‘Atef Abu Samra, 12, was killed and six persons were injured, including four children.
Al Mezan identified the names of the injured persons as follows: ·         Sabreen Abdel Hammed Abu Samra, 38, the wife of the owner of the house; ·         Mohammed ‘Atef Abu Samra, 14; ·         Marehan ‘Atef Abu Samra, 10; ·         Mustafa ‘Atef Abu Samra, 6; ·         Adham Sameer Abu Dwineen, 15; and ·         Mouneer Khalaf Abu Dwineen, 21.
  The first three children are the children of the owner of the house.
The 90-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house was completely destroyed and several adjacent houses were damaged.
Al Mezan was unable to verify the reason behind the explosion when this press release was being published.
  The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights strongly condemns the Israeli attacks which caused killing and injury of civilians and caused large physical damaged to tens of houses, public facilities, and private properties.
  Al Mezan reasserts that the failure of the international community to uphold its moral and legal obligations towards civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) and in the Gaza Strip in particular has encouraged Israel to commit more violations of the international humanitarian law (IHL) and the international human rights law (IHRL).
  Al Mezan reiterates its calls on the international community to promptly and effectively intervene to end these Israeli violations.
Al Mezan also calls on the international community to work towards applying justice and accountability in the oPt and to bring to justice those who ordered or committed violations.
 Al Mezan stresses the importance of bringing to an end the culture of immunity in relation to violations of human rights and IHL in the oPt.
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