Gaza Again Under Israeli Attacks

Due to increased violent and deadly Israeli attacks on Gaza below an overview of updates with related news which will be continuously updated.

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GAZA ATTACK March 22, 2011

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GAZA ATTACK March 21, 2011

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Confirmed Names of Martyrs

(List only displays the martyred since March 16, 2011 for a complete overview of this years shuhada go here)

Mohammed Jihad al-Halw, 11 years old, killed on March 22, 2011
Yasser Ahed al-Halw, 16 years old , killed on March 22, 2011
Yasser Hamed al-Halw, 50 years old, killed on March 22, 2011
Mohammed Saber Harara, 20 years old, killed on March 22, 2011
Adham Al-Hazareen, , killed on March 22, 2011
Sa’dy Halas, 23 years old , killed on March 22, 2011
Muhammad Atyeh Al-Harazeen, 27 years old, killed on March 22, 2011
Muhammad Abed, 31 years old, , killed on March 22, 2011
Mustapha Ahmad Sehwel, 5 years old, died 10 days after attack on on March 21, 2011
Imad Faraj Allah, 16 years old, died on March 20, 2011
Qasem Abu Eteiwi, 16 years old, died on March 20, 2011
Ghassan Fathi Abu Omar, 25, years old, died on March 16, 2011
Adnan Yousef Eshtewy, 23 years old, died on March 16, 2011



By Israeli Attacks March 2011 martyred Palestinians

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar



BREAKING | Gaza Under Attack Again | Jan 14, 2011!/olanan/status/26026050760740866

Israel air strikes injure 2 Palestinians [ CONTINUOUS UPDATES ]

PressTV – Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:29AM

Israeli warplanes have launched twin air strikes on the Gaza Strip, leaving two Palestinians injured, Press TV has learned.

The Israeli army said in a statement that the attack has been a response to a mortar attack by Palestinian fighters that lightly wounded two men on Sunday.

The attack came after Hamas called on its armed groups to abide by an unofficial ceasefire and stop firing rockets and mortars at Israel, Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

Ayman Taha, a Hamas official, said that the movement avoids providing Israel with an excuse to “wage a new war against the Gaza Strip.”

The official, however, said Hamas reserved the right to “respond to Israeli crimes, but only within the frame of national consensus.”

Israel launched a devastating war on the Gaza Strip in December 2008, leaving 1,400 Palestinians dead and thousands of others displaced.

The Israeli military, however, launch attacks on the Palestinian territories on a regular basis. There has been a surge of violence along the Gaza border during this month.


Two Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza Overnight – International Middle East Media Center

Wednesday January 05, 2011 11:27 by Ane Irazabal – IMEMC & Agencies

The Israeli Air Force attacked two areas in the Gaza Strip overnight under the pretext of responding to a Qassam homemade shell that was allegedly fired from Gaza into an open area in Ashkelon (Asqalan); no injuries were reported.

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Israeli military sources confirmed “the direct hits” and said in a statement that the targeted sites were a training center for Hamas fighters, and a siege-busting tunnel near Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The army stressed that the air-strike came in “response to this morning’s [Tuesday] firing of the Qassam homemade shell.”

But armed groups in the Gaza Strip did not issue any statement in this regard.

Israeli military and political officials accused the Hamas movement and its dissolved government in Gaza, of being responsible for the attacks “as it is responsible for maintaining the calm in Gaza”.

The officials added that “Israel will respond harshly to any terror attempt”.

According to the statement, Hamas is intensifying its efforts to prepare for a direct military encounter with the Israeli army “in order to infuse the situation”.

Israel claims that Hamas and other armed groups in Gaza have stepped-up the firing of homemade shells into adjacent Israeli settlements and towns.

However, Israel’s Internal Security Agency, Shin Bet, announced last week that 2010 witnessed the lowest number of attacks against Israel since the Second Intifada started in late September 2000.

Two Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza Overnight – International Middle East Media Center.

Israeli bombing of civilian homes in last Gaza war one of the most grisly crimes

[ 26/12/2010 – 11:00 AM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli bombing of civilian homes during the last war on the Gaza Strip was one of the most gruesome crimes which can never be forgotten by the survivors, although they happened two years ago. The families of Assamouni and Addaya are the most bereaved and victimized Gazans.

Among hundreds of homes and families that were targeted by the Israeli occupation, the massacres that happened to the families of Assamouni and Addaya remain the most heinous in terms of the numbers of victims.

A reporter of the Palestinian information center (PIC) met with Salah Assamouni, one of the survivors, and listened to details of the massacre that claimed the lives of 25 members of his family and led to the injury of many of them in Azzaytoun neighborhood in Gaza.

Assamouni recalled the tragedy that happened on the forth of January 2009 in the morning and said, “I was at home along with members of my family, grandmother and my wife’s mother who was visiting us when I got shrapnel in my left hand as a result of the shells and bullets fired by the Israeli occupation forces in the vicinity of the house.”

“A rocket-propelled projectile hit the second floor of my house and burned it; at about 8:30 am while trying to go outside carrying my six-month-old baby, I saw occupation troops deployed in the area, and after less than two hours, the troops forced us to leave the house. At the time, we had three other families [All related to Assamouni] who resorted to our home for protection,” Assamouni added.

“We came out after we were ordered by the occupation troops and went to the nearby home of Wael Assamouni, and therein gathered a number of Assamouni families for fear of the Israeli shelling,” he said.

“We stayed in this house for a full day and we were about 90 people from seven families, children, women and men without anything to eat or drink, and on that morning the area seemed calm. At about half past seven the next morning, I went out along with five others to the yard of Wael’s home at a distance of three meters to bring some firewood in order to prepare food for children, but suddenly an Israeli helicopter, which did not leave the sky in the area, fired a missile at us wounding three men and killing two, Mohamed Ibrahim Assamouni and Hamdi Maher Assamouni. Then I rushed back to the house bleeding from my head, ears, legs and back,” Assamouni elaborated.

“Two minutes later, two missiles fell on the roof of the house penetrating it and leading to its collapse which led to the injury and death of most of the children, women and men inside the house, and I survived miraculously.”

Another survivor from Addaya family, Amer, also told the PIC reporter in detail the massacre that claimed the lives of 22 members of his family including his parents and a number of his brothers and sisters. He sustained serious wounds when an Israeli missile flattened the entire house over the heads of its residents.

Israeli bombing of civilian homes in last Gaza war one of the most grisly crimes.

Israel’s attack on UN-run school in Gaza

At least 43 people were killed and at least 100 others wounded when Israeli tanks fired on Palestinian refugees sheltering at a UN-run school in Jabaliya, in the north of the strip.

Israel says it was targeting Palestinian fighters it claims were using the school as cover.

Hannah Belcher reports on the attack – one of the most controversial talking points since Israel began its war on Gaza twelve days ago.



YouTube – Israel’s attack on UN-run school in Gaza – 07 Jan 09.

Rafah Razed – Around 180 homes razed

YouTube – Rafah Razed.

Al Jazeera Inside Story | War Crimes (2 Parts)

Inside Story asks: what are the chances of pursuing Israel legally?

What, if any, recourse has the international community to punish those alleged to be accountable? Would senior Israeli political and military leaders bear personal liability for their offenses, and could they be prosecuted by an international tribunal? Maryam Nemazee discusses.



YouTube – Inside Story – War Crimes – January 12 – Part 1.

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.