In the early morning hours of Wednesday, 27 June 2007, IOF conducted two incursions into the town of Khuza’a to the east of Khan Yunis and into Sheja’eya Quarter in the eastern part of Gaza City. Up to the publication of this report, these incursions resulted in the death of 11 Palestinians. Among those killed are six civilians, including two children and two brothers. In addition, 50 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been injured. In the afternoon, IOF withdrew from Sheja’eya, leaving behind considerable destruction. The incursion into Khuza’a continued at the time of publication. In light of this escalation and the persistence of IOF military operations, PCHR is concerned over the falling of additional civilian victims. It is noted that this escalation coincides with the continued hermetic closure of the Gaza Strip imposed two weeks ago, thus threatening to cause a humanitarian crisis in the Strip.
PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 15:30 on 27 June 2007, IOF armored vehicles, supported by military aircraft, moved nearly 1.5 kilometers into the town of Khuza’a to the east of Khan Yunis. IOF troops stormed a number of residential houses in Abu Reida neighborhood in the town; and transformed many of these homes into military outposts and held residents as hostages. Palestinian resistance activists confronted the IOF troops. Sporadic clashes continued till time of publication. These clashes resulted in the killing of two resistance activists and the injury of two others. The activists killed are:
IOF is calling upon all males aged 15-50 to come out of their homes and gather in one of the town squares.
Deya Mohammad Abu Daqqa (24), killed by a bullet to the chest. Husam Abdallah Abu To’ema (24) killed by a bullet to the head.
At approximately 5:00 on 27 June 2007, IOF armored vehicles, supported by military aircraft, moved into Sheja’eya Quarter in the eastern part of Gaza City. IOF fired a shell at two civilians, killing them instantly:
Ten civilians, including a child, a girl, and an elderly man, were injured by indiscriminate IOF shelling and fire against civilian houses.
Nafez Mahmoud Hilles (27). Ahmad Ayyad Hilles (16).
At approximately 7:30, an IOF plane committed an extra-judicial execution by hitting a civilian vehicle in Baghdad Street in Sheja’eya. The driver, Ra’ed Amin Abu Fannouna, was killed instantly. He was a member of Al-Quds Battalions, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad.
Using disproportionate force, IOF killed four civilians in Sheja’eya at approximately 11:30. Among the civilians were a child and two brothers. IOF fired a shell at a group of four civilians standing in front of the house of Sa’id Jundeya in El-Muntar Street in Sheja’eya. The shell fell in the middle of the group and killed them instantly. The victims are:
In the afternoon, Shifa Hospital announced the death of a resistance activist, Anan Abdel Aziz El-Ar’eer (24), of wounds sustained in the morning. In addition, IOF fired a tank shell at a group of resistance activists, killing one of them instantly: Yousef Khalil Juha (22).
Izzedeen Sa’id Jundeya (14). Hazem Eyad Jundeya (23). Yusef Kamal El-Manasra (18). Sami Kamal El-Manasra (28).
In addition, to the 10 injured civilians mentioned above, another 40 wounded from Sheja’eya were admitted to Gaza City hospitals. Most of the injured are unarmed civilians injured by IOF indiscriminate shelling of civilian houses.
In the afternoon, IOF ended the incursion into Sheja’eya and withdrew to the Gaza Strip border, leaving behind considerable destruction in civilian houses, property, and agricultural areas.
In light of this IOF escalation, PCHR: