In a new Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) crime reflecting disregard for the lives of innocent civilians, a Palestinian child was killed and 6 others were injured, one seriously, in an Israeli air strike on the town of Jabalia in the north of the Gaza Strip. A teacher was seriously injured in the same strike. The victims were on their way to school when IOF fired a surface-to-surface towards the Jabalia Youth Club during the morning traffic of school children. The IOF rocket was fired after Palestinians fired rockets at Israel from the area in the pre-dawn hours. This crime is a continuation of the IOF aggression on the Gaza Strip, especially the northern part. Over the 6 days of this recent aggression, 45 Palestinians have been killed, including 27 unarmed civilians. Ten of these victims are children, and two are women. In addition, 184 Palestinians have been injured, including 50 children and 46 women.
PCHR’s preliminary investigation into this incident indicates that at approximately 6:45 on Monday, 6 November 2006, IOF fired a surface-to-surface towards the Jabalia Youth Club near the intersection separating Jabalia and Beit Lahia. The rocket fell 15 meters away from a minibus at the intersection transporting children to the Andera Ghandi Kindergarten in Beit Lahia. The teacher Najwa Awad E’khlayyef (20) was sitting near the open rear door of the minibus waiting for children to board. She was seriously injured, and later transported to the ICU unit in Shifa Hospital for treatment. In addition, students from Ahmad Shoqeiri School were on their way to school in Beit Lahia. One of these students was instantly killed: Ramzi Merfiq El-Shrafi (16). Six other students were injured, one of them seriously. The kindergarten children also suffered shock from the explosion.
PCHR is extremely concerned over the serious IOF escalation, and:
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is an independent legal body based in Gaza City dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic principles in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and is an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists, the Federation Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH), and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network. PCHR is a recipient of the 1996 French Republic Award for Human Rights.