Thirty-four Palestinians Killed and 150 Injured, Wide-scale destruction of Civilian Property in Beit Hanoun, Five others Killed in Extra-judicial executions in other parts of the Gaza Strip
For the fourth consecutive day, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continue their land incursion on the town of Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip. This attack comes as part of an IOF operation codenamed “Autumn Clouds.” The number of victims has increased to 34 killed, including 21 civilians that include seven children, two women, and two paramedics. The injured number 150, most of them unarmed civilians, including approximately 40 women, 40 children, one paramedic, and one journalist.
PCHR’s preliminary investigations indicate that IOF is using its most brutal war machines in the attack on Beit Hanoun; that IOF are using excessive force against unarmed civilians; and that IOF are not using proportionality and necessity in the use of force against Palestinian resistance activists in civilian neighborhoods. The most significant of IOF crimes was the targeting of a demonstration by women in the town, which resulted in the death of two women and the injury of 40 others, some seriously. In addition, IOF have been targeting medical personnel, killing two and injuring a third. Furthermore, IOF have prevented ambulances from reaching the injured and have hindered the work of medical crews. IOF continue to impose a complete and hermetic closure on the town, causing living conditions to deteriorate in light of cutting off basic services such as water and electricity and the destruction of infrastructure.
Furthermore, IOF are rounding up all males ages 16 years or more and taking them to a military detention facility set up in the premises of the college of agriculture in Beit Hanoun. Due to the difficulty in reaching the place, PCHR has not learned of the number of detainees, those released, or those transferred for detention inside Israel. Elsewhere, IOF have killed five Palestinians in three extra-judicial executions in Gaza City and Rafah.
PCHR is extremely concerned over the continued aggression against the Gaza Strip, especially the northern part, and is worried over the possibility of the falling of more civilian victims and further destruction of civilian property.
In follow up of PCHR’s press release on 2 November 2006, IOF crimes in Beit Hanoun since then are:
Sami Abdallah Abu Sal’a (28) from the town of Jabalia; and Mohammad Samir Mahmoud (17) from the town of Jabalia. Rawda Ibrahim Jaber (48) from Jabalia refugee camp; and Ibtisam Yousef Mas’oud (44) from Jabalia refugee camp.
Ahmad Sehweil (15) from Beit Hanoun, killed by a bullet to the chest; Hamza Mohammad Karsou’ (18) from Beit Lahia, killed by a bullet to the chest; Hamdi Ramadan Abdel Dayem (16) from Beit Hanoun, killed by a bullet to the chest; and Mohammad Ahmad Sabbah (20) from Jabalia, killed by a bullet to the chest. Ahmad Fathi Naji (23); Suliman Abdallah Olwan (40); Ra’ed Ali Yassin (17); and Ayman Ali Yassin (19).
The extra-judicial executions outside Beit Hanoun were:
Emad Reyad Mushtaha (30); Tamer Ali Hilles (23); and Mohammad Talal Farhat (23).
PCHR is extremely concerned over the serious escalation by IOF, and: