Cast Lead Day 8 | Jan 3, 2009

Death toll 450, injured 2350, disastrous humanitarian situation

January 3rd, 2009 


Gaza Strip,3, January, 2oo9 -In the recent reporting period of this report, Israeli army is using all naval, ground and air forces to attack Gaza. With the early hours of Saturday morning, Israeli army started to shell and launch heavy air strikes against Gaza. Most of the bombings targeted buildings, farming and agricultural fields. The bombings range dramatically increased midday leaving 5 dead and ten other wounded.

The heavy deadly bombings focused on four areas in Khan Yonis, Gaza and the north cities. The artillery shells engaged in the continued strikes with more new tactics. New shells are used for the first time. Eyewitnesses reported that new shells explode before landing on the targets making more small bombs. The shells are expected to be cluster bombs.

More Israeli new weapons are used today. Palestinians in Khan Yonis massively called the radio stations and health centers to report on a bad smell goes out from the rockets in Khan Yonis City. People are afraid this kind of weapon is shells enriched with Uranium and nuclear elements.

In Al Zaytoun area holes estimated of 20 meters dig deep underground due to new heavy rockets. Some of the targeted houses turned rubbles and many people reported to be injured. The ground military operation is expected to start within hours and this is due to heaviy bombings which is a stage Israel uses before she goes on ground.

United Nations says humanitarian crisis is in Gaza due to the big number of casualties and inability of medical tools sector to deal with it. John Holmes, also said that people of Gaza are I poor conditions due to the siege which was already imposed 18 months ago.

Thousands of Gaza population hurried into the local markets in search of life basics but in vain. No more fuel, benzene, gasoline, flour, wheat, sugar, rice, bread, candlelight and thousands of commodities are not available in Gaza. Add to that, continued power cuts up to 20 hours during the cold weather of winter.

More airborne aids from Tunisia, Bahrain and Saudia Arabia arrived to Egypt and not to Gaza Yet. Secertay of Arab league, Amr Mousa critcised statements’ of livini which say no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. He indicated that Gaza faces a catastrophic situations.

Key targets, bombings and strikes of Israeli Army in day 8

1– Israeli naval forces open heavy artilary fire on west of Al Nusairat refugee Camp. Several house were fired in the attack took place early in the morning.

2-Israeli naval vessels reach off Gaza shore firing the densely populated areas, houses, buildings leaving some Palestinians wounded.

3-A 20-year-old guy killed by Israeli rockers in an Israeli air raid destroyed the International American School in Bait Lahia town, north of Gaza Strip. The victim is one of the school staff.

4-Air raid targeted the Central Market of Gaza cars near Al zaytoun quarter east of Gaza City.

5-Several rockets fired at agricultural and farming fields near Al Buarij Refugee Camp mid of Gaza Strip. The bombings resulted in the killing of one farmer and injuring several others.

6-Two Palestinians killed at the Egyptian hospitals due to their injures in Israeli air raids in Gaza.

7-A playground hit by Israeli rockets in Al shija’ya densely populated quarter.

8-Israeli artillery shells target the eastern agricultural and farming fields in Gaza City.

9– Eight peoples injured due to bombings targeted Hils family east of Gaza City. The wounded all civilians between women and children.

10-Several deadly raids at Khan younis city targeting the civil defense forces.

11– Israeli army uses new kind of rockets leave bad smell in the targeted area. A number of heavy bombings land on several targets in Abasan Al Kabira.

12-More bombings hit Bait Hanon town targeting agricultural and farming fields. The rockets landed in Al Basha farms.

13-Many rockets targeted some agricultural fields near Khoza’a town in Kahn Yonis City mid of the occupied Gaza Strip.

14-A number of wounded people resulted from air raids near oil stations in Khan Younis City.

15-More targets attacked in Al Sudania area north of Gaza City.

16– Heavy and deadly rockets of F16s strike stores of construction materials in Jabalia City. The strike caused clouds of smoke never seen before in Gaza.

17– Shocking bombs strike more agricultural fields in Al Atatra family north of Gaza Strip.

18-Two Palestinians killed due to an Israeli air strike hit their car in Khan Yonis City mid of Gaza Strip.

19-Rockets fired from Israeli airforce destroyed to rubbles a house in AL Nusairat Refugee Camp.

20-New deadly Bombings caused holes amounted of 20 meters in the ground. A house for Al Sirhi family was totally damaged and fade away underground.

21-Thirteen heavy artillery shells landed at Bait Hanon, east of Gaza and other areas around. This vows of start of military operation on ground. The bombings of these shells is ongoing till now.

22-Shells hit some targets around Al Khozndar gas station.

23-Air strike on Slah el din key street mid of Gaza Strip. The bombings destroyed parts of the street causing deep holes on the ground hindering the movement of cars from and into Gaza.

24-Drone planes strike At Dar Al Arqam school east of Gaza City.

25-Rockets strike more farming fields in Absan area in Khan Yonis City.

26-Ten Artillary shells fall in Al Buraij Camp within mintues.

27-Israeli air strike at fields near Sofa crossings south of Gaza Strip, city of Rafah.

28-One injured due to a bomb west of Gaza City.

29-Airforce raided on Al Hawooz tank of Water for 3 times.

30-Three people injured in Al Zaytoun area. The rockets are also falling down in farming fields and water tanks. A massive devastation

31– Bombings at Al Shoka town and more rockets hit the Gaza airport again.

32-Around 20 rockets fired into Israeli by Palestinian militants.

33-Israel is using submarines for the first time. A sea landing is expected due to the heavy engagement of naval forces.

34-Hundreds of artillery shells fired with the start of evening through all Gaza Strip in the north, middle and south.

35-Ground to Ground rockets fired into the northern areas of Gaza.



Israeli forces bomb schools and mosque

January 3rd, 2009 

Al Mezan

A child killed when Israeli forces extrajudicially executed Nizar Rayyan, and the
rest of his family, 2 January 2009. Hatem Omar & MaanImages.

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights expresses its strongest possible condemnation of the Israeli military operation against Gaza, which has already caused unprecedented loss of civilian life and suffering for the 1.5 million people living in it. Al Mezan therefore reiterates its calls upon the international community to take effective action to bring to an end these operations without delay.

Israeli attacks on Gaza have continued for an eighth day. The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) targeted more civilian objects. This includes bombardment of more houses and the Civil Defense building in Bani Suhaila town and the American School in northern Gaza. Air raids have also targeted open areas within the neighborhood, but particularly along the eastern and northern borders and the border between Gaza and Egypt. IOF’s naval vessels escalated their bombardment of Gaza’s beaches. The death toll resulted from IOF’s attacks has reached 363, including at least 59 children and 18 women. This figure reflects only those cases which Al Mezan Center has been able to verify, and it is expected to rise.

In North Gaza district, Israeli aircrafts bombarded the house of Yehia Abu Ghaben at approximately 3:45am today, Saturday 3 January 2009. The house, which is located in Tel al-Zatar neighborhood of Jabaliya, was completely destroyed and three other houses were damaged. No casualties or injuries were reported.

At approximately 4:40am today, aircrafts bombarded the American School which is located in the northwest of Beit Lahia town, destroying it completely and killing its guard, 24-year-old Salem Mohammed Abu Klaik. Another resident of the area was also injured in the attack.

At approximately 9:35am also today, IOF fired four artillery shells near the Agricultural School in Beit Hanoun. The school’s building was damaged and three passersby were injured, including senior political leader of PFLP Mohammed Ali Nasser, 55. Later, at approximately 12:30pm, Israeli aircrafts bombarded a cow farm owned by Mohammed Said Ali, destroying it completely and killing 21 cows. Several houses in the area were damaged.

At approximately 2:20 Israeli aircrafts raided the Nasser Hill, opposite to al-Nada Towers in North Gaza district. Numerous apartments in the towers sustained severe damage in this raid. People had evacuated their apartments during the last two days following Israeli raids. Some of them took shelter in UNRWA’s [the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees] Khalil Uwaida School.

In Gaza City, Israeli aircrafts raided the house of Hamdi al-Dardasawi at approximately 11pm yesterday, 2 January 2009. As a result, a 14-year-old girl, Sojoud Hamdi al-Dardasawi, was killed. Earlier, at 3pm yesterday, IOF bombarded a four-story house owned by Yaqoub Dababish, destroying the house completely and injuring six people.

At 1:30am today, Israeli aircrafts fired a missile at 35-year-old Mamdouh al-Jammal as he was walking in Tel al-Hawa neighborhood south of Gaza City, killing him immediately.

At approximately 4:30pm yesterday, Israeli aircrafts bombarded a small bridge connecting al-Zahra town with al-Nuseirat refugee camp, south of Gaza City, destroying it. A car that was passing by the bridge when the raid occurred was hit and its driver, 30-year-old Majid Khalil al-Bardawil, was killed. At approximately the same time, at 4:40pm, an Israeli raid targeted the village of Wadi Gaza, east of Gaza City, killing a woman. She was identified as 22-year-old Tahani Kamil Ayish. Three of her family members were also injured in this raid.
IOF’s naval vessels also escalated their bombardment of Gaza’s beaches last night and today. In al-Zawayda village, in Central Gaza district, [IOF] bombarded a field, destroying and burning greenhouses owned by the Shallat family.

In Khan Younis district, Israeli aircrafts targeted a car near the Mahatta area at approximately 12:50pm today, killing 24-year-old Mahmoud Abu Marouf and 28-year-old Shadi al-Shorbaji.

In a serious escalation, Israeli aircrafts bombarded and destroyed the Civil Defense building in the town of Bani Suhaila, east of Khan Younis City, at approximately 3:05pm today.

Medical sources reported to Al Mezan that two of the Palestinians who were transferred to hospitals in Egypt died. The Center knew that one of them was 30-year-old Odeh Hamada Abu al-Aish.

As this press release was being translated into English, initial news reported that Israeli aircrafts bombarded al-Makadma Mosque in Beit Lahia while dozens of people were praying in it. Initial news reported that 25 people were killed in this attack, which would further raise the above-mentioned number of casualties of the Israeli operation. [At the time of The Electronic Intifada’s publication of this release, news agencies reported at least 11 were killed.]

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights expresses its strongest possible condemnation of the Israeli military operation against Gaza, which has already caused unprecedented loss of civilian life and suffering for the 1.5 million people living in it. Al Mezan therefore reiterates its calls upon the international community to take effective action to bring to an end these operations without delay. Al Mezan calls upon:

►The United Nations Secretary-General to condemn the Israeli disproportionate use of force and the targeting of civilians and civilian objects in defiance of peremptory rules of international law;
►The United Nations agencies to provide urgent humanitarian aid and safe shelters for Gazans who have been displaced and those living in threatened areas.
►The International Committee of the Red Cross to double its efforts to ensure humanitarian access for civilians and ensure tending to the urgent needs for medicines and water;
►The international community to condemn the grave breaches of international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights by Israel in the Gaza Strip, and take concrete steps to bring them to an end;
►The Human Rights Council to request the UN general Assembly to call for the convening in Switzerland of a conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Times of War, of 1949, to consider the breaches by Israel of its nonderogable obligations under the Convention in the course of its ongoing military actions in Gaza, and to consider the necessary measures to ensure respect of the rules set out in the Convention and its relevant protocols.
►Civil societies around the world to exert pressure on their governments so that they act in conformity with the relevant human rights and humanitarian obligations as prescribed in relevant international law.

Failure to take any action despite the enormous amount of information about the consequences of Israel’s conduct towards human life and well being in the Gaza Strip, including about the occurrence of grave breaches of IHL amounting to war crimes, only encourages the aggravating of the situation.