update: escalation in violence against Palestinian civilians

JOHN M COX coxj at SPAMemail.unc.edu
Sat Nov 25 05:37:23 MST 2000





Press Release

The Israeli occupation forces shell Ramallah:
Three Palestinian civilians, including two children, killed by
Israeli occupation forces

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

November 24, 2000, 19:00 Palestine Time (17:00 GMT)
The past few hours witnessed a significant escalation by the
Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian civilians. These
forces shot dead a child from Jenin with a dumdum bullet. A young
man in Qalqilya was also shot dead. This afternoon, at about
16:00, the Israeli occupation forces shelled a number of
Palestinian buildings in Ramallah, including the building of the
Palestinian Ministry of Local Government. Palestinian civilians
continued to demonstrate throughout the occupied Palestinian
territories in protest to the Israeli occupation. This morning, a
Palestinian child died in Gaza from a previous wound caused by a
live bullet in the head on November 17, 2000. Yesterday evening,
three Jewish settlers, opened fire on Palestinian civilians in
the village of Qabatya, near Jenin. The settlers fired from a
military post of the Israeli occupation forces near the village.
As a result, a Palestinian civilian was killed with a live bullet
in the abdomen. PCHR condemns the killings continuously committed
by the Israeli occupation forces, and calls on the international
community to immediately intervene in order to put an end to the
crimes committed by the Israeli occupation forces, and to prevent
the possibility that more Palestinian civilians may be victims of
these crimes.
In Jenin, this evening, the Israeli occupation forces shot at
Palestinian civilians who demonstrated at the northern entrance
of the city. As a result, the child Aysar Hammouda Husseis, 15
years old, was wounded with a dumdum bullet in the eye that
exploded on contact with his head. The child died on the way to
hospital. In addition, 10 Palestinian civilians were wounded with
live bullets shot by the Israeli occupation forces.
In Qalqilya, the Israeli occupation forces opened fire on a
demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians. As a result,
Ghassan Majed Mosallam, 20 years old, was killed by a live bullet
in the heart.
This morning, at Shifa' hospital in Gaza, the child Majdi Ali
A'abed, 15 years old, from Al-Shojae'ya neighborhood, died from a
previous wound caused by a live bullet in the head on November
17, 2000, when the Israeli occupation forces shot at Palestinian
civilians who were demonstrating near Al-Mentar (Karni) Outlet,
to the east of Gaza City.
Yesterday evening, three Jewish settlers opened fire on a number
of Palestinian civilians in the village of Qabatya, near Jenin,
killing Feras Dhiab Qassem Abu Hattab, 26 years old, with a live
bullet in the abdomen. As soon as Abu Hattab was wounded, he was
evacuated to Al-Ittihad hospital in Nablus, but he died there.
This incident took place at 19:30 local time. Eyewitnesses said
that three civilian-dressed armed men positioned in a military
post of the Israeli occupation forces near the village of Qabatya
opened fire on Palestinian civilians in the village when there
were no clashes. PCHR learned that the post is a settlement,
known as “Qidim,” from which the Israeli occupation forces
evacuated settlers on October 27, 2000. On November 11, 2000, the
Israeli occupation forces made the settlement into a military
post.
In Khan Yunis, this afternoon, clashes broke out between
Palestinian civilians and the Israeli occupation forces, which
are positioned at Al-Tuffah roadblock between the city and Al-
Mawasi (agricultural) area. The Israeli occupation forces shot at
these civilians, wounding six with live bullets and a seventh
with a rubber-coated metal bullet. Among the wounded were:
1) Karam Abu El-Kheir, 17 years old, seriously wounded with a
live bullet in the neck;
2) Fuad Mahmoud Hneideq, 38 years old, seriously wounded with a
live bullet in the thigh that cut an artery ; and
3) Mahmoud Shukri A'ashour, 17 years old, wounded with a live
bullet in the abdomen.
This morning, at 2:00 local time, the Israeli occupation forces
positioned at Al-Tuffah roadblock fired a number of shells on
Palestinian houses in the west of Khan Yunis, 150 meters away
from the mentioned roadblock. PCHR's field officer in Khan Yunis
reported that three houses were damaged, but he could not check
the damage because of the serious danger he would face in
carrying out any sort of cursory investigation of the area. He
added that residents of these houses left them in the past few
weeks as shooting and tear gas used by the Israeli occupation
forces posed a serious risk to personal safety. The damaged
houses are listed below.
1) A 300-square-meter, three-story house of the family of Boreis,
in which 28 people live, was hit with a shell that made a hole 30
centimeters in diameter in the external wall of the second floor,
and broke windows;
2) a 180-square-meter, two story house, in which 22 people live,
was hit with a shell that made a hole 30 centimeters in diameter
that damaged walls and broke windows; and
3) a 150-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which 15 people
live, was hit with a burning shell that penetrated the roof.
Neighbors saw fire breaking out in the house but were unable to
put it out.
In Rafah, today, clashes broke out between Palestinian civilians
and the Israeli occupation forces. A number of Palestinian
civilians demonstrated this morning more than 100 meters away
from a military post of the Israeli occupation forces at Salah
El-Din Gate on the Palestinian-Egyptian border. The Israeli
occupation forces shot at these civilians, wounding the child
Eissa A'ashour, 14 years old, with a live bullet in the leg.
In the middle area of the Gaza Strip, yesterday evening, the
Israeli occupation forces occupied the house of Mahmoud El-
Semeiri, located to the east of Kfar Darom settlement. PCHR's
field officer in the area reported that the Israeli occupation
forces were still closing Salah El-Din Street (the main road
between the north and south of the Gaza Strip), near Kfar Darom
settlement, prohibiting the movement of Palestinian civilians
between the north and south of the Gaza Strip. These forces also
continued to close an alternative route, to the east of Kfar
Darom settlement, which Palestinian civilians were forced to use
instead of Salah El-Din Street. The Israeli occupation forces
have allowed the entry of Palestinian citizens for a few hours
only. The occupation of the above-mentioned house came as part of
the reinforcements carried out by the Israeli occupation forces
to tighten the siege on Palestinian civilians.
In the area near Al-Mentar (Karni) Outlet, this afternoon, the
Israeli occupation forces shot at Palestinian demonstrators,
wounding three with live bullets. PCHR's field officer in the
area reported that the Israeli occupation forces, reinforced with
three tanks and a military jeep were still positioned on the main
road to the east of Gaza City, not far away from Palestinian
houses.
In the northern area of the Gaza Strip, yesterday, at about 19:00
local time, live ammunition was fired from Nissanit settlement at
Palestinian houses in the Bedouin village of Um El-Naser. Water
reservoirs on the roofs of these houses were damaged, but no
injuries among residents were reported. Also yesterday, at about
23:30 local time, the Israeli occupation forces, positioned in
Dogit settlement in the north of the Gaza Strip, shot at a number
of Palestinian houses in the area of El-Attatra in Beit Lahia. As
a result, two brothers were wounded while they were inside their
house. They are:
1) Badri Ahmed Ma'rouf, 16 years old, wounded with a live bullet
in the left foot; and
2) Munir Ahmed Ma'rouf, 24 years old, wounded with a live bullet
in the left thigh.
***
PCHR reiterates its call for the international community to
immediately intervene to stop the killings and criminal acts
perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian
civilians. PCHR calls in particular for:
1. Establishing without delay an independent commission of
inquiry, in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 1322
(2000), to carry out a thorough and comprehensive investigation
into the abuses and killings perpetrated by the Israeli
occupation forces against Palestinian civilians.
2. Convening a conference of the High Contracting Parties to the
Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to ensure Israel's compliance
with its obligations under the Convention.
3. Immediately providing international protection for Palestinian
civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories in the face of
the killings and criminal acts perpetrated by the Israeli
occupation forces and groups of Jewish settlers who move under
the protection of these forces.
4. Use by the EU of effective political and economic measures
with reference to Article 2 of the Euro-Israel Association
Agreement, which calls for the respect of human rights.
5. Providing humanitarian and medical assistance for the
Palestinian people whose living conditions are increasingly
deteriorating because of the continued total siege imposed by the
Israeli occupation forces on the entire occupied Palestinian
territories.
6. Use by the international community and bodies, including ICRC,
of necessary measures to ensure the access of medical supplies
and equipment and other humanitarian assistance to Palestinian
civilians. The Israeli occupation forces have continued to deny
entry of this material through Rafah Border Crossing (into the
Gaza Strip).
"End"
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