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

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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

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Palestinians wait for answers on Israeli war in Gaza

Human rights groups demand progress in inquiries over Israel’s conduct in Operation Cast Lead, reports Donald Macintyre

 

Monday, 24 January 2011– Middle East, World – The Independent

The funeral of Issa, Ahmed, and Mohamed Samouni  

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The funeral of Issa, Ahmed, and Mohamed Samouni, killed with 18 other members of the same family while sheltering from an Israeli strike

After two years, a UN-commissioned report accusing Israel of widespread violations of international law and possible war crimes, and the opening of 52 separate military police investigations, the only soldier jailed so far for his conduct in the 2008-09 Gaza war was convicted of stealing and using a Palestinian’s credit card. In this special report, The Independenthas examined progress in the investigations arising from the warin the Hamas-controlled territory, and returned to some of the cases that it reported at the time.

Operation Cast Lead caused widespread destruction, and, according to the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, resulted in 759 deaths of Palestinians “not taking part in hostilities”. Only three indictments, against four defendants, have arisen from the operation until now.

Two soldiers were given a suspended prison terms for using a 12-year-old boy as a human shield to open bags in case they contained explosives. Another, after being charged with shooting dead a Palestinian civilian, is awaiting a military court trial in a case in which no specific victim has been named in the charges. A further five officers have been disciplined internally, with measures ranging from official reprimands to being prohibited from holding a similar command in the future in the case of an army captain who authorised an attack on a militant outside a mosque in northern Gaza which killed 13 civilians.

Several military police investigations are still in progress, including in to one of the worst single incidents of the war – the lethal air strike on a house in which 100 members of the same extended family were sheltering – but the Israel Defence Force (IDF) told The Independent last week that “a majority” of the 52 investigations have now been closed, without further action.

Israeli human rights organisations and lawyers representing Palestinian complainants have two principal concerns. In July 2009 the Israeli veterans’ and human rights group Breaking the Silence published testimonies from some 30 soldiers who served in the operation, charging that rules of engagement were loosened and that the military used massive firepower in a consistent effort to prioritise the safety of troops over that of Palestinian civilians. One soldier quoted a battalion officer as saying: “Not a hair will fall of a soldier of mine. I am not willing to allow a soldier of mine to risk himself by hesitating. If you are not sure, shoot.” During the offensive nine Israeli soldiers were killed inside Gaza, four of them by friendly fire.

Reflecting concerns over the rules of engagement operated during the war, B’Tselem called for a much wider-ranging Israeli inquiry. While also condemning Hamas for not properly investigating its own violations during the war, it complained that the IDF investigations did not “deal with the policy that guided the army during the operation, nor with the legality of the instructions given to soldiers. Instead, the investigations have focused on the actions of the lone soldier in the field.”

A second issue is the transparency of the individual investigations. Palestinian witnesses interviewed by military police have told The Independent they were treated with courtesy and professionalism, but in the many cases in which the military’s Advocate General, Avichai Mandelblit, has decided, after reading police reports, that no further action should be taken, it has been impossible for lawyers representing bereaved or injured Palestinians to establish behind the decision.

Military court decisions are subject to appeal to the civilian High Court, but to bring such an appeal the lawyers need to have some access to the investigative material, which has not been forthcoming. A striking example is the case of Majdi Abed Rabbo whose account of being used as a human shield was independently corroborated in one of the Breaking Silence testimonies from an experienced reservist who served in Gaza with a special forces unit and was briefed by his officers on what was broadly the same story as that of Mr Abed Rabbo. He also spoke of the use of other “johnnies” or human shields in a practice that violates international law, the IDF’s own regulations and a decision of the Israeli Supreme Court. But until Mr Abed Rabbo’s lawyers can secure the release of the relevant documents – which Adalah, the legal rights organisation, is likely to make a legal attempt to do – they have little chance of an appeal.

With one exception, the handful of cases summarised here are those for which a military police investigation was carried out. They do not include the many cases where such an investigation was not even opened. For example, of 21 suspected violations all involving civilian deaths o r the use of human shields, raised by B’Tselem, only 11 were referred to the military police by the military Advocate General, Avichai Mandelblit, and of these at least two have already been closed without further action.

The sensitivity of the issue in Israel is not in doubt. After two soldiers were given what Army Radio described as a “light” sentence last year for using a boy as a human shield, right-wing vandals daubed graffiti outside Mr Mandelblit’s home branding him a “traitor.” B’Tselem says the wider issues it wants investigated “must remain on the public agenda” given the “severity of the suspicions” over the army’s conduct.

Attacked in shelter

Military police are still investigating one of the most lethal single incidents during Operation Cast Lead, the air strike on a house in the Zeitoun district of Gaza City owned by Wael Samouni in which 21 of the 100 members of his extended family sheltering there were killed early on 5 January. In October, Amos Harel, Haaretz’s respected military correspondent, reported that air force officers had testified that they had warned former Givati Brigade commander Colonel Ilan Malka that there were civilians in the area. A reconstruction by Haaretz journalist Amira Hass based partly on accounts from soldiers through Breaking the Silence, found that a surveillance drone had wrongly identified a group of men who had left the building to collect firewood as an armed group. The investigation may have to decide how senior officers did not know of civilians even if Col Malka was not warned in advance, since many in the building had been directed to shelter there by troops the previous day. One of those, Mousa Samouni, 21, said he was asked if he had been aware of “resistance” or armed militants in the vicinity, which he said he had not. After he left the building Mousa was detained, handcuffed and blindfolded, for 48 hours by troops occupying another Samouni house. The Israelis interviewed another man, Imad Samouni, 40, who had not been in the building hit by the air strike, which killed his brother, sister and two nephews. He said: “They asked me to write down what happened when I was held but I thought they were most interested in whether there had been any resistance. I said there was no resistance at all. How could there have been with the Army everywhere?”

Killed under white flags

Military police investigated the case of Khaled Abed Rabbo, who had described how his family was ordered by the Israeli military out of their home on 7 January. After they left, carrying white flags, a soldier climbed out of the tank and fired a machine gun at them, killing his daughters Suad, 9, and Amal, 3, severely wounding the third, Samar, 5, and injuring the girls’ grandmother Suad, 54. The Military Advocate General judged there was “insufficient” evidence for criminal proceedings. The legal rights agency Adalah, which handled the case, points out that the claim that the girls were shot by Israeli fire was not refuted and that the authorities had not offered an alternative version of what happened. Mr Abed Rabbo told The Independent on 20 January, 2009: “We are not Hamas. My children were not Hamas… I want the international community and the International Red Cross to ask Israel why it has done this to us.”

A disputed death

The story of the Hajaj family, tenant farmers from Juhr al Dik, is that just after 6am on 4 January the house of Yusef Hajaj was shelled. A family group of 15 fled 250 metres to the east and took shelter with their neighbour and landlord, Mohammed al-Safadi and his family. During the morning the Israeli military broke into radio broadcasts to announce that those in border areas should leave their homes, holding white flags. Ahmed al-Safadi, 23, carrying his two-year-old son, and Majda Hajaj, 35, tied makeshift white flags to sticks and led the group of at least 26 out towards the west. As they walked they were fired on, fatally in the case of Majda Abu Hajaj and her mother Raya, 65. The group again sheltered in the al-Safadi house and the next day, 5 January, as shelling continued, it started out east on a circuitous route to the safety of the Bureij refugee camp without mishap. The women’s bodies were not recovered until 18 January. The IDF announced last July that military police found “gaps” between the testimonies. Soldiers said it was a man who had been shot, and on 5 January, not the day before, although in the location described by the Palestinian witnesses. A staff sergeant has now been indicted for killing an unknown person walking with a group carrying a white flag. But the IDF added: “Despite the fact that the two events are apparently one and the same … sufficient connections could not be made between the evidence gathered in the case of the indicted soldier and the event described by Palestinian testimonies.” The military said last week it could not comment on the case of the soldier “accused of the wrongful killing of a woman” because it was still being investigated. Lawyers and Israeli human rights groups are doubtful about a military court conviction when no victim has been identified.

An unwilling go-between

Majdi Abed Rabbo says that on January 6 and 7, 2009, in the heat of battle, he was forced to go four times into his next-door neighbour’s house to check on three armed Hamas militants holed up inside fighting to the death. Mr Abed Rabbo, who was throughout in military custody and did not know whether his wife and children were alive or dead, told military police investigators he was kicked, beaten and threatened with shooting by Israeli soldiers unless he obeyed their orders. When, on the morning of January 7, the one militant still alive in the house refused to respond to calls to leave, Mr Abed Rabbo watched as the building was flattened by a military bulldozer. After a police investigation a lieutenant colonel, who was not at the scene but in constant contact with his troops, was disciplined for permitting him to enter. But the military advocate general ruled against further action because, he said, Mr Abed Rabbo “asked to enter the structure and to communicate with the men, apparently in an attempt to resolve the situation and avoid potential damage to his own house”. Mr Abed Rabbo, who has no love for Hamas and was a Fatah member of the intelligence service, vehemently denied this. “I never asked that at all,” he said. “They really made me go four times.”

An ‘unfortunate incident’

Mohammed Daya returned from the local mosque on 6 January to find his five-storey apartment building destroyed by an air strike. At least 22 members of his family were killed, including his pregnant wife Tezal, his daughters Amani, 7, Qamer, 6 and Areej, 4, and his son Yusef, 3. There was no military police investigation because, as the Israeli foreign ministry explained in a statement in July 2009, the “extremely unfortunate incident” was the result of an “operational error”. The IDF had intended to bomb a “weapons storage facility” next door to the residential building and was investigating why the error had occurred. The IDF has not so far explained what that investigation had uncovered.

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Israeli tanks take part in fatal Gaza Strip raid

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Israeli tanks have entered the northern Gaza Strip, sparking fighting that killed one Palestinian and injured two.

AFP news agency reported that seven tanks had made a limited incursion 200m into Palestinian territory on Tuesday, sparking a shootout with militants.

Other reports suggested armoured vehicles and bulldozers were involved.

Hamas emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said Amjad al-Zaanein, 23, had been killed by Israeli tank fire east of Beit Hanoun.

Local Palestinians said the casualties had been collecting stones to recycle into bricks when they came under fire.

Israel’s military has not commented on the reportsd of tank fire, but said Gaza militants had fired four mortar shells at Israel earlier on Tuesday.

Cross-border violence has escalated in recent weeks. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the enclave, has appealed for calm, urging other militant factions to stop their attacks on Israel.

It is two years since a war in Gaza which left 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.

BBC News – Israeli tanks take part in fatal Gaza Strip raid.

Life in Gaza’s no-go zone

Published today (updated) 16/01/2011 17:14 | Maan News Agency
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – To some residents of the Gaza Strip, the crippling siege which Israel has imposed for over four years means much more than a lack of food, fuel, clothing, work opportunities, and construction material. 

Gazan families who live along the border between the coastal enclave and Israel face serious dangers on a daily basis. The gunshots and artillery shells fired from the Israeli side reach farther than the no-go zone set by Israeli forces inside the Strip.

Muhammad Al-Masri lives only 700 meters from the border in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. He says he goes to sleep and wakes up listening to the whizzing of gunshots and the humming of artillery shells.

“From my garden, I can see Israeli military vehicles moving back and forth. The gunfire and the shells that come from those vehicles have several times hit my home and terrified my kids,” he told Ma’an.

Damage from gun shots and shrapnel can be seen on the walls of the house and Al-Masri can’t repair the cracks. Construction materials have been banned by Israel, but even if he could find cement or concrete, an ordinary citizen like Al-Masri would not have the money to buy it.

“There are several holes and gaps in the house, but there is no cement or concrete to repair them. Add to this that I impose my own curfew on myself and my family at night because who knows when a stray bullet could hit one of us?” says Al-Masri.

“I can’t go even one meter away from home. My kids live a state of terror especially after their mother was killed. Where can these kids live if not on their own land?”

Al-Masri’s wife was killed by an Israeli artillery attack on Beit Hanoun.

“I can’t tell who is next,” he said.

Maan News Agency: Life in Gaza’s no-go zone.

Gaza 4 Tunis | Rally in Solidarity with the Tunesian People

A Palestinian holds a poster with a picture of Tunisia’s former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali during a Hamas rally in Gaza City to show support for the Tunisian people January 16, 2011.

Tunisia’s new leadership moved to form a coalition government to gain the upper hand over violent looters and quell arson and shooting that broke out after Ben Ali was ousted by protests

 

Palestinians hold Tunisian and Palestinian flags and a portrait of deposed Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali during a march in solidarity with Tunisia in Gaza City, Sunday, Jan. 16 , 2011.

Tunisia sped toward a new future after its iron-fisted leader fled, with an interim president sworn in and ordering the country’s first multiparty government to be formed. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

 

A Palestinian stands next to a poster with a picture of Tunisia’s former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali during a Hamas rally in Gaza City to show support for the Tunisian people January 16, 2011.

Tunisia’s new leadership moved to form a coalition government to gain the upper hand over violent looters and quell arson and shooting that broke out after Ben Ali was ousted by protests

 

Palestinians step on a poster with a picture of Tunisia’s former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali during a Hamas rally in Gaza City to show support for the Tunisian people January 16, 2011.

Tunisia’s new leadership moved to form a coalition government to gain the upper hand over violent looters and quell arson and shooting that broke out after Ben Ali was ousted by protests

 

A Palestinian walks past a poster with a picture of Tunisia’s former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali before a Hamas rally in Gaza City to show support for the Tunisian people January 16, 2011.

Tunisia’s new leadership moved to form a coalition government to gain the upper hand over violent looters and quell arson and shooting that broke out after Ben Ali was ousted by protests

 

Palestinians hold posters during a Hamas rally in Gaza City to show support for the Tunisian people January 16, 2011.

Tunisia’s new leadership moved to form a coalition government to gain the upper hand over violent looters and quell arson and shooting that broke out after President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted by protests. The poster (C) reads: “Oh, Arab leaders, beware of the revolution of the people”

Surviving off one’s flattened house in Gaza

Kader sells material sifted from rubble

  • By Nasser Najjar, Correspondent
  • Published: 00:00 January 15, 2011
  • Gulf News
Abu Ali Kader

  • Abu Ali Kader sifts through the rubble of his house that was destroyed in Israeli invasion to find materials to sell.
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Gaza: Hauling a shovel and a hammer Abu Ali Kader makes his daily trip not to work but the rubble of the house he once owned to complete its demolition.

“For over 20 tough years, I’ve saved up every single penny working as a construction worker within the Israeli region with the intention of building this house. Yet all the money, time and effort spent on this house vanished in less than a minute,” Abu Ali in agony said.

The hands which built the house are now digging through the remains to find anything worthwhile to sell.

“It took me over 20 years to build this house block by block with my own two hands; it all holds so many memories.

“I lost my way back to my own home after the withdrawal of the Israeli armies as soon as the war was over and staggered at the devastating sight of the whole neighbourhood being turned upside down. In fact, I felt as if I had lost one of my own children at the sight of my own home left in smithereens.” he said.

Unemployed father

Kader, a father of 12, has been unemployed since 2000 and living on aid. He currently lives in a 100 square metre room that he built on his own on a small piece of land belonging to his nephew in northern Gaza strip in Ezbet Abd Rabo, not far from the Israeli border.

Ezbet Abd Rabo is one the villages that bore the brunt of the 23-day 2008-2009 invasion of Gaza.

According to official medical reports, the biggest number of deaths in the war on Gaza were of residents in that area and the destruction is visible even two years after the war. Piles of rubble strewn around the area, people living in tents, and structures still standing riddled with bullet holes.

“We heard a lot about the renovation of houses destroyed but nothing changed with me so I decided to sell the remainder of my house in an attempt to build a smaller one that can shelter my family”.

The attack on Gaza strip destroyed a lot of houses and altered some people’s lives beyond recognition.

According to the ministry of public works and housing, over 14,000 homes had been damaged during the war on Gaza strip, 3,500 totally destroyed and 1,500 left unsuitable to live in.

The estimated cost of rebuilding and repairing the damage of civilian houses in Gaza strip is around half $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion).

From the left over pebbles to the steel from his destroyed house — Kader desperately tries to sell anything for which he can find a buyer. In fact, with the Israeli ban on construction materials, it is easy to find a buyer.

“Just like these days two years ago our house was demolished and although we tried to rent out a house for a while, we just couldn’t afford it; it cost so much and we don’t have enough money to” he added.

Rents range between $200 and $300 a month which exceeds an ordinary employee’s salary in Gaza strip.

“I’m doing well in this small house and even if the Israeli army … destroyed my new house once again, I would simply build another one, this is my land and I’m not going anywhere!”

gulfnews : Surviving off one’s flattened house in Gaza.

Israeli soldiers laughing while shelling Gaza homes

Israeli soldiers laughing while shelling Gaza homes

13-01-2011,09:58

Al Qassam websiteA new Zionist video shows (2:28 minutes) the disregard of the Zionist troops for civilian lives and their properties during the last war on Gaza, which erupted in late 2008 and continued early in the year 2009.

The Zionist army killed and injured more than 7000 Palestinian civilians, and destroyed thousands of homes, buildings, residential areas, institutions, ministries and mosques.

Three residential buildings!

Video revealed by the Documentation Commission belonging to the Palestinian government in Gaza, Israeli soldiers laugh during the bombardment of their army to the homes and property of citizens.

The Video was shot by one the soldiers’ mobile during the war on Gaza, the soldier was located in the place which is bombing the homes.

At the beginning of video, three apartment buildings to Palestinian civilians were appeared, then these apartments targeted one by one and the Zionist soldiers were laughing more and more.

BREAKING | Gaza Under Attack Again | Jan 11, 2011 [ Including Live Updates during Attack]

 

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زوارق الاحتلال تقصف ساحل القطاع
زوارق إسرائيلي خلال عملية قصف لشاطئ غزة (صفا)
زوارق إسرائيلي خلال عملية قصف لشاطئ غزة (صفا)
غزة- صفا
قصفت الزوارق البحرية الإسرائيلية الليلة عدة مناطق على ساحل قطاع غزة بقذائف مدفعية وزخات كثيفة من رشاشاتها الثقيلة، دون التبليغ عن وقوع إصابات أو أضرار.

وقال مراسلنا في خان يونس جنوب القطاع إن الزوارق الإسرائيلية التي تجوب عرض البحر قصفت برشاشاتها الثقيلة شاطئ بحر خان يونس، دون وقوع إصابات.
وأفاد شهود عيان أن زوارق الاحتلال أطلقت قذيفة واحدة على الأقل في منطقة السودانية شمال غرب غزة، مما أثار حالة من الخوف والهلع في صفوف الصيادين الفلسطينيين.
كما استهدفت الزوارق الاسرائيلية بنيران رشاشاتها مراكب الصيادين في عرض البحر قبال ساحل دير البلح وسط القطاع.
وتصعد قوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي مؤخرًا من اعتداءاتها بحق الصيادين والمزارعين على طول حدود قطاع غزة البرية والبحرية، بشكل شبه يومي.
ع ق (22:40) 2011-01-11 Source: Safa.ps

Palestinians in Gaza face health crisis

PressTV – Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:13PM

A Palestinian child lies in the dialysis room of a hospital in the Gaza City in the north of the Gaza Strip, June 8, 2010.
The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip warns of a health crisis as the impoverished enclave is running out of direly needed medicine.

The ministry warned that dozens of chronically-ill patients, especially those with cancer and kidney problems, could die soon, if they do not receive medicine.

The officials said its storages suffered 40-percent depletion, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported on Sunday.

They said the coastal sliver is facing a lack of medication for leukemia, blood problems, epilepsy, thalassemia and maternal health problems.

The ministry also expressed concerns that the stock of insulin and kidney dialysis fluid in Gaza’s hospitals and health centers could run out within days.

The crippling land, aerial and naval blockade imposed by Israel on the coastal sliver has also restricted the movement of people out of Gaza.

A coalition of 22 international NGOs and human rights groups said in late November that the system for issuing the patients exit permits were arbitrary, unpredictable and time consuming, a Press TV correspondent recently reported. Many die, while on the waiting list, he added.

The ministry blames the situation on the Palestinian Authority for refusing to send enough medical supplies to the Gaza Strip.

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PressTV – Palestinians in Gaza face health crisis.

Five Palestinians Wounded In A Tunnel Explosion

Monday January 10, 2011 07:16 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian medical sources reported late on Sunday at night that five Palestinians were injured after an explosion took place in a siege-busting tunnel, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The five residents suffered serious injuries and third-degree burns while three of them were moved to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis due to the seriousness of their conditions. The rest were moved to Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

Initial investigations revealed that the explosion took place due to an accident while handling a propane tank through one of the tunnels.

Also on Sunday at night, the Israeli Air Force carried out two air strikes targeting an area, believed to be used as a training center for the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. The second strike came only 30 minutes after the first; damage was reported, no injuries.

In related news, the Israeli Air Force bombarded an open area west of Gaza city; damage was reported, no injuries.

Five Palestinians Wounded In A Tunnel Explosion – International Middle East Media Center.