Report Online, an article in Haaretz
"The idea to bombard the closing ceremony of
the Gaza police course was internally criticized in
the Israel Defense Forces months before the attack.
A military source involved in the planning of the
attack, in which dozens of Hamas policemen were
killed, says that while military intelligence
officers were sure the operation should be carried
out and pressed for its approval, the IDF's
international law division and the military advocate
general were undecided."
from http://lataan.blogspot.com :
IS ISRAEL EXECUTING HAMAS AND
PALESTINIAN PRISONERS? WHO IS DOCUMENTING THE ISRAELI
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, secretary-general of the
Palestinian National Initiative and Qaddoura Fares, head
of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, have recently
inferred that Palestinian prisoners taken by the Israelis
are being executed after capture during the present
invasion. There seems to be many unaccounted for fighters
who Mr Fares says
gives the army the
opportunity to execute them, throw their bodies in the
streets, and claim that they were killed in during
These are very grave accusations and, if true, amount to
extremely serious war crimes being perpetrated, not as
some spontaneous reaction by frustrated soldiers, which
is bad enough in itself if they were being executed
summararily immediately after capture, but as an
organised and pre-planned deliberate action that was
conceived by at least high-ranking officers and could go
all the way up to the Prime Minister certainly to Barak
the Defence Minister and Gabi Ashkenazi, the head of the
Israeli Defence forces.
Other warcrimes include the deliberate shelling of
buildings known to contain children and other civilians
and the use of phosphorous shells in built up areas known
to house civilians. Other crimes are said to include the
killing of children and other civilians by Israeli
snipers. Snipers are also being accused of
first aid workers and medical personnel while other
IDF forces are also accused of deliberately
killing aid transport truck drivers. All of these are
The problem now is; who is documenting these crimes? If
they are not documented quickly, then most of the
perpetrators, if not all of them, will get away with
their crimes. It is time that the blogosphere itself help
to document these crimes by establishing a blogsite which
anyone can contribute to and where the data can be stored
and sifted through later by qualified investigators. The
website must be free and open. Experts can soon determine
serious accusations and set aside those that warrant
further investigation. Israeli soldiers, airman, tank
commanders and others should also be encouraged to
proffer evidence and told that most assuredly time will
ultimately catch up with their misdeeds and that they
will be punished eventually even if its only by
their own conscience.
Expose those that are guilty. Name them now. Note the
markings on their tanks, vehicles, aircraft and
helicopters. Let them be identified. Note the date. Write
down what happened. Tell the world who have died and who
have gone missing.
At approximately 4:20pm Saturday, an Israeli drone
fired a missile at a small crowd near Barrawi gas station
in Beit Lahia, injuring a 40-year-old pregnant women;
Wafa al-Masri, and another 24-year-old woman, Ghada al-Masri.
The pregnant woman had to abort her fetus and had her leg
amputated. The other woman had both her legs amputated.
At approximately 4:45pm Saturday, an Israeli aircraft
fired a missile at the al-Sultan apartment compound in
Jabaliya town. The compound's residents started to
evacuate it. However, IOF fired artillery shells at the
entrance of the compound as people were evacuating,
killing three of them, two of whom were children. They
were identified as:
- Ali Kamal al-Nuthor, 12;
- Amer Kamal al-Nuthor, 15; and
- Shadi Fatho Ijneed, 27.
Another 11 people were injured, including one child.
At approximately 5:25pm Saturday, IOF troops stationed in
Jabaliya fired eight artillery shells towards the eastern
parts of the town. Al Mezan's field worker reported that
the shells were used for the first time. After hitting
the ground, a light bounced from each shell, not very
high from the ground. As they landed, they caused fires
About 30 minutes later, an Israeli aircraft fired a
missile into a crowd in Beit Lahia. One man was
critically injured as a result. At 6:45pm, an aircraft
fired a missile at the house of Nafiz al-Helu in northern
Beit Lahia, killing two of its residents and injuring
three, including a woman and a child. Those who were
killed were identified as:
- Mohammed Nafiz al-Helu, 22; and (his sister)
- Amina Nafiz al-Helu, 18.
Two minutes after, aircraft fired missile at the Beit
Lahia Park, destroying it.
At approximately 7:20pm Saturday, an Israeli aircraft
fired a missile into a crowd of people who were sitting
in front of a house in their neighborhood, killing three
and injuring six, including a 2-month-old baby. Those who
were killed were:
- Rami Jamal Salman, 21;
- Abdul-Muti Ratib Sulaiman, 20; and
- Sami Umar, 35.
At approximately 8:25pm Saturday, Israeli aircraft
raided a house owned by the Rayyan family in Jabaliya,
destroying it and damaging three neighboring houses. No
casualties or injuries were reported in this raid.
At approximately 10:10pm Saturday, Israeli aircrafts
raided the house of Waheed Ahmad in Jabaliya refugee camp.
The house was destroyed and three neighboring houses
damaged, however, no casualties or injuries were reported
in this raid.
At approximately 2am on Sunday, 11 January 2009, an
Israeli aircraft fired a missile into a crowd of
residents of the al-Karama apartment complex, killing
Ibrahim Ayish Salman, 25. When neighbors tried to help
the victim, a second missile was fired at them, killing
Ala Fathi Bashir, 40, and his 18-year-old son, Suhaib.
Yet, when neighbors tried to help them, aircrafts fired a
third missile, killing a 40-year-old woman, Lamias Hasan
Bashir, and 75-year-old woman, Jamila Hassan Zyadeh. Four
other people were injured in this attack.
At approximately 3:35am on Sunday, Israeli troops fired
an artillery shell at the al-Karama area. The shell hit
the house of Mohammed Khalaf and killed his cousins,
Ibrahim Mohammed Khalaf, 35, and Bilal Yihia Khalaf.
Twenty-five minutes later, an Israeli aircraft raided the
house of Tawfiq Saqir, which is located near the Beit
Lahia market. The house was destroyed completely and five
neighboring houses were damaged.
At approximately 9:30 am on Sunday, 11 January 2009, an
Israeli aircraft fired a missile into a crowd of children
who were near the Olo al-Azm Mosque in the north of Beit
Lahia, killing the four of them, three girls and a boy.
They were identified as:
- Haitham Yasser Marouf, 12;
- Fatima Mohammed Marouf, 16;
- Khawla Ramadan Ghabin, 16; and (her sister)
- Samar Ramadan Ghabin, 14.
On the next day, the body 14-year-old Abdul-Rahma
Ghabin was found, raising the casualties of this attack
to five children. According to Al Mezan Center's
investigations, these children belong to families who had
evacuated their homes and took shelter in the al-Fakhoura
School, which was shelled by the IOF. They went back home
with their parents to pick some clothing and other
necessities and return to the shelter.
At 10am on the same day, medical sources at al-Shifa
Hospital announced the death of 51-year-old Abdul-Hakim
al-Sultan, who was injured inside his house in the al-Salatin
areas western Beit Lahia.
At approximately 11:45am on Sunday, Israeli troops fired
artillery shells at the al-Jurun neighborhood in Jabaliya.
One shell hit the house of Khalid Abid, killing his 25-year-old
son Khalid, and injuring 20-year-old daughter Shahira.
Later, at approximately 1:10pm Sunday, IOF troops fired
artillery shells that hit houses in eastern Jabaliya,
killing Hueesin Nazmi Abu Sultan, 40, inside his house.
At approximately 3:05pm on Sunday, Israeli troops fired
artillery shells at the al-Bora neighborhood in Beit
Hanoun, injuring a child inside her house. She was
identified as Dalia Fareed Abu Odeh, 12. Another woman,
Iman Sami Nusair, was injured.
At approximately 3:35pm on Sunday, Israeli troops fired
artillery shells at eastern Jabaliya, killing a 12-year-old
boy, Musab Abdul-Muhsin Khadir, and a 15-year-old girl,
Amal Najeeb Alloush. Another five people were also
At 4pm on the same day, the Emergency Administration at
Kamal Udwan Hospital announced that four of its
ambulances stopped as a result of the shortage in fuel.
At approximately 7:00pm on Sunday, Israeli troops fired
artillery shells at the Masoud Street in Jabaliya town,
killing a one-and-a-half-year-old girl, Tasnim Yasser al-Rafat,
inside her house. Another young man, 19-year-old Mohammed
Khadir, was also killed inside his house in the area.
Between 7:50pm Sunday and 4pm Monday, Israeli aircrafts
raided three houses in Jabaliya and Beit Lahia,
destroying them completely and damaging 12 houses. The
targeted houses were owned by Ibrahim Lubad and Zyad al-Masri,
from Beit Lahia, and Yousef Ghbeet from Jabalia.
At approximately 5am today, Monday 12 January 2009,
medical sources announced the death of 33-year-old Said
Mahmoud al-Amawi, who was injured in the IOF shelling of
the al-Fakhora School [on 6 January].
At approximately 5:30am Monday, Israeli aircrafts raided
the house of Ali al-Dhai in Jabaliya, destroying it
completely. Six minutes later, aircrafts raided the house
of Mahmoud Abu Matar in Beit Lahia, destroying it and
damaging five houses near it. One hour later, they raided
Sheikh Zayid town park, damaging it and many houses in
At approximately 7:35am Monday, Israeli troops fired
artillery shells at houses in eastern Jabaliya and Beit
Lahia, killing a 34-year-old woman, Afaf Hasan Juma,
inside her house.
At approximately 7:40am Monday, Israeli aircrafts raided
a farm in the al-Nuzha Street in Jabaliya town, injuring
three girl children.
At approximately 7:35am Monday, Israeli aircrafts raided
the house of Sadi al-Jamal in Jabaliya, destroying the
house and damaging three houses and a kindergarten near
it. At 8am, medical sources announced the death of a
woman, 22-year-old Amal al-Madhoun, who was injured on 9
January 2009 by IOF snipers.
At approximately 12:05pm Monday, Israeli aircraft raided
a vegetable stand owned by Yasser Shbair in Sheikh Zayid
town, injuring him critically. Later, the corpse of
Khalid al-Abid, 21, was found in the al-Salatin
neighborhood in western Beit Lahia.
2. Gaza City District:
At approximately 12:30am Sunday 11 January 2009, about 20
Israel tanks and armored vehicles invaded the southern
suburbs of Gaza City. The force, covered by helicopter
gunships and aircraft, reached the southern Gaza City
neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa. Tanks and aircrafts opened
heavy fire at the area.
At approximately 2am, an artillery shell hit the house of
Talat Hamudeh in Tel al-Hawa neighborhood, killing his
two children and injuring him and his wife. The children
were identified as:
- Faris Talat Hamudeh, one year; and
- Muhammad Talat Hamudeh, two years.
Three hours after its invasion, the force evacuated,
leaving 13 casualties. It should be noted that the IOF
had thrown leaflets on this neighborhood ordering its
residents to evacuate their homes. Most of them left to
UN shelters or relatives' homes. Some stayed.
At 1:40am Sunday, Israeli aircraft raided the house of
Ahmad al-Jabari, who is a leader in Hamas. The four-story
house, which is located in the eastern Gaza City
neighborhood of al-Shejaiya, was completely destroyed.
Many homes around it were damaged.
At approximately 2am also Sunday, Israeli aircraft raided
a mobile phone and stock exchange shop near the
Pediatrics and Optics Hospitals in Nasser neighborhood in
Gaza City. The shop was destroyed and the two hospitals
and many houses in the area were damaged, especially in
the neighboring al-Dana apartment Block.
At approximately 5:15am Sunday, Israeli aircrafts raided
a four-story house owned by Mohammed Awadallah, 76, in
the Nasser neighborhood in Gaza City. The house was
At approximately 7pm Sunday, Israeli aircrafts raided the
house of Fatah Palestinian Legislative Council member,
Mohammed Dahlan in the Rimal neighborhood in Gaza,
destroying it completely. At the same time, IOF troops
fired artillery towards the house of Ahmad Mushtaha, 55,
in al-Shejaiya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City,
killing him and his 24-year-old son, Wajeeh. As neighbors
arrived at the house to help the victims, an IOF drone
fired a missile at the house, killing two: Muhammad al-Jundi,
20, and his brother Monthir.
At approximately 11pm Sunday, IOF fired an artillery
shell at the house Hisham al-Katati in the al-Zeitoun
neighborhood in Gaza City, killing his wife, 42-year-old
At approximately 2am Monday, 12 January 2009, Israeli
aircraft fired a missile at two men, Muhammad Nassar, 22,
and Ayman Shaldan, 35, in the east of the al-Shejaiya
neighborhood east of Gaza City. They were both killed. As
Jaber Hussein Habib, 52, and Mohammed Jamal Yasan, 17,
tried to help them; a second missile targeted them and
3. Central Gaza District:
At approximately 12pm, on 10 January 2009, an IOF
aircraft fired a missile at al-Sika Street in eastern al-Bureij
refugee camp in the central Gaza district, killing 26-year-old
Mohammed Hasan Harb.
At approximately 12:55pm on the same day, IOF fired
artillery shells at al-Safaa Mosque, which is located in
Block One in al-Bureij refugee camp. One of the shells
landed directly on the mosque, destroying it partially.
Another shell hit an adjacent house owned by 28-year-old
Mousa al-Askari, destroying it partially and injuring
Mousa's wife and his two sons, who were identified as:
- Six-year-old Ayman al-Askari;
- Seven-year-old Mosab.
The latter was reported to have sustained critical
At approximately 1:30pm, the IOF fired artillery shells,
which was followed by aerial raid on the apartment of 39-year-old
Ramzi Hasan Suliman Abu al-Deeb in al-Nouri Tower in al-Nuseirat
refugee camp of the central Gaza district. The attack
caused damage to the apartment, and injured 12-year-old
Mojahed Ali al-Burs, and his 17-year-old brother, who
later died of his wounds.
At approximately 7:45pm on the same day, IOF aircraft
raided an agricultural field west of al-Nuseirat camp.
The attack injured a 88-year-old woman, Fatma Muhammad
Ahmed Tbeil, with shrapnel while she was in her house.
Fatma later died of her wounds.
At approximately 11:30pm, on the same day, IOF aircraft
raided the two-story house of 55-year-old Abdul-Rahim
Shaker in al-Nuseirat camp. The house, which was
inhabited by five persons, was totally destroyed as well
as three nearby houses.
At approximately 12:05am, on 11 January 2009, IOF
aircraft hit the two-story house of Farhoud Younis Abu
Khabeeza in al-Nuseirat camp. The house was inhabited by
five families, a total of 25 persons. The attack
destroyed the house totally and caused damage to five
At approximately 12:20am that same day, IOF aircraft
bombarded the two-story house of 49-year-old Muhammad
Hasan Shahin, which was inhabited by nine persons. Shahin's
house and another nearby house were destroyed as a result.
4. Khan Younis District:
At approximately 10pm, on 10 January 2009, the IOF
launched tens of artillery and aerial attacks at areas
along the borderline, east of Khzaa village, east of Khan
Younis city. Shells hit many houses in the village.
According to eyewitnesses, some of these shells released
white smoke causing residents to suffer from suffocation,
spasm and syncope. Tens of houses also were burnt.
At approximately 10:30pm on the same day, the IOF shelled
with artillery a house owned by the Qdeih family, also in
Khzaa village, killing 35-year-old Hanan Fathi Qdeih and
injuring all of her kids and other family members.
At approximately 10:30pm on the same day, IOF aircraft
raided the house of Ibrahim Baraka in Bani Suhaila town,
east to Khan Younis. The house was damaged as a result.
Earlier, at approximately 8am that same day, IOF aircraft
shelled a group of people who were close to the area of
the IOF's incursion into Khzaa village, killing 22-year-old
Nour Mohammed Ameish. Other people, including a woman,
were killed in another attack in the village.
At approximately 10:30am that same day, IOF aircraft
fired a missile at a group of people close to al-Awda
school, which is located on the main street connecting
Abasan town and Khzaa village east to Khan Younis. The
shelling killed 19-year-old Khaled Abu Ryiala, and
injured another person.
5. Rafah District:
At approximately 2:38pm on Sunday 11 January 2009,
Israeli aircrafts raided the al-Falah Charity's building
in the al-Shabora refugee camp in Rafah. No casualties or
injuries were reported.
Earlier, at 1:55pm also Sunday, Israeli aircraft fired a
missile at a civilian car on the Awni Dheer Street in
Rafah, injuring four people; including a doctor, and
destroying the car.
Between 3:10pm and 7:10pm on Sunday, Israeli aircrafts
launched a series of air raids at the borderline between
Rafah and Egypt. Later, at 2am Monday, they launched
another series of air raids. In all, they fired 42 heavy
missiles, according to Al Mezan's field worker in Rafah.
At approximately 4:15am on Sunday, Israeli aircraft fired
a missile at a motorcycle, killing Mohammed Al-Shair, 23,
and critically injuring Mahmoud Abu Luli, 24.
These attacks have continued in the midst of a severe
humanitarian crisis in Gaza, with approximately 200,000
people having already left their homes. Most of the
population does not have access to water. Moreover, the
health sector is still suffering from an enormous load of
injured and killed people under severe shortages in
medical supplies and personnel, and restrictions on the
movement of ambulances and medical consignments.
Al Mezan Center asserts that countless acts by the IOF
represent scandalous war crimes, the worst of which being
the indiscriminate attacks on houses full of inhabitants,
killing ambulance teams while attempting to reach them
and leaving them to bleed or starve to death only meters
from IOF troops. Additionally, IOF's restriction of the
passage of foodstuffs and targeting of electric lines has
caused civilians to live in dire conditions.
Al Mezan Center therefore renews its strong condemnation
of the IOF's aggression on the Gaza Strip, and its
flagrant disregard of the applicable rules of
international law. This behavior has so far cost the
lives of hundreds of civilians and the suffering of
hundreds of thousands.
Al Mezan also renews its deploring of the failure of the
international community to prevent such violations of
international law. While civilians have been murdered,
the UN Security Council took a very long time debating
disputed political affairs, while it should have acted to
prevent the killing of children and innocent civilians,
and to ensure the provision of humanitarian aid in
accordance with international law.
Hence, Al Mezan Center calls upon the UN Secretary-General,
as a matter of utmost urgency, to focus on the protection
of civilians who are the main victims of the violation of
international law by Israel. Political debates can wait,
however, civilian life cannot be compensated. The United
Nations is called on to ensure the compliance with
international law and the protection of civilians,
including its own staff. Every hour of aggression on Gaza
in the way we have witnessed during the past 16 days
means the loss of more civilian life, destruction of
property and extending the suffering of hundreds of
thousands of people who should be protected, not
Al Mezan Center also calls on the High Contracting
Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the
Protection of Civilian Persons in Times of War, of 1949,
to live up to their legal and moral responsibilities
upholding their own obligations under Common Article 1,
by respecting, and ensuring respect of, the Convection.
The Center, while commending the worldwide action against
these violations, calls on civil societies around the
world to exert more pressure on their governments so that
they act in conformity with the relevant human rights and
humanitarian obligations as prescribed in relevant
This press release has been edited.