13 Palestinians killed in invasion of Gaza City

John M Cox coxj at email.unc.edu
Sun Jan 26 09:46:49 MST 2003


15 killed on Friday and Saturday
Sunday, January 26, 2003

In an Israeli pre-election battle, 13 were killed in Gaza on Saturday,
and another two were killed in Nablus.

Saturday
According to information gathered by the Palestinian Center for Human
Rights in Gaza (PCHR), at around 10:20pm on Saturday, Israeli forces
covered by helicopters, entered Hayy al-Zaytoun, south of Gaza City.
Heavy indiscriminate firing took place, particularly from the
helicopters. After taking complete control of the area, Israeli forces
spread out into the streets and began to place explosives inside
seventeen workshops. They were imploded this morning, Sunday January 26,
completely destroying the workshops and two homes. Another 25 other homes
were also severely damaged.

When Israeli forces entered the area, Ashraf Samih Kahil (22) was killed
by indiscriminate fire in the chest and legs. Tank shells were also fired
in the direction of three Palestinian combatants, who were killed
instantly.

During indiscriminate heavy firing in the area, another eight people were
killed. Around another 40 people were injured, six of them critically.

The killed are Ahmad Hassan al-Fayoumi (24), combatant; Mohammad Rashad
Abid (28), combatant; Ahmad Shadeh Aabid (23), combatant; Ashraf Samih
Kahil (23); Mohammad Akram al-Nakhaleh (21); Alaa Zuhair Khalifeh (23);
Rami Fathi Issa (27); Marwan Zuhair Rahmi (25); Iyyad Bader Jibril Akkawi
(20); Wissam Fayez Yusef Hassan (24); Khaled Ali Hassan Shalouf (17);
Amjad al-Hattab (16).

Friday, January 24: Punitive home demolition
On Friday morning, Israeli forces demolished the family home of Masoud
Ayyad, who was extra-judicially assassinated some time ago.

According to information gathered by LAW, on Friday morning Israeli
forces accompanied by tanks from the illegal Israeli settlement Netzarim,
south Gaza city, and entered Hayy al-Zaytoun. The forces surrounded the
home, arrested two of his sons, Khader (35) and Hasaan (30), his brother,
Said (52) and grandson, Masoud (14). Israeli troops demolished their five-
floor home, where five families lived.

During the day, Masoud (14) and Said (52) were released. However Khader
(35) and Hasaan (30) are still in detention.

Friday, January 24: Church inside hospital bombed in Gaza
According to information gathered by the PCHR in Gaza, at around 2:30am,
Israeli helicopters fired five missiles, hitting a metal workshop near a
school in the middle of crowded Gaza city. The Anglican St. Philip Church
was also hit, destroying the roof and extensively damaging the interior.
A woman and child health clinic was also extensively damaged. Both are
within the grounds of the al-Ahali hospital in Gaza.

Friday, January 24: Israeli forces throw hand grenades at Mom, claim she
is armed

According to information gathered by LAW, at around 9am Friday, Suad
Snoubar Jawdallah (46), her son Abdallah (19), Ayman Hinawi (20) and
another Palestinian whose identity remains unknown, were walking in the
direction of al-Naqoura village from Nablus. They were taking a route
often used by Palestinians to get to Nablus by foot.

The route reaches between an Israeli military barracks and a settlement,
Shami Shomron. Israeli forces threw hand grenades at the four. Suad and
Ayman were killed instantly by shrapnel. Abdallah was injured. However
the extent of his injuries is unclear. He was arrested and taken to an
unknown destination. The fourth person fled.

The Israeli newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, on its Arabic website noted a
military source who said Israeli forces killed armed Palestinians, one of
them a woman, who attempted to plant explosives near Shami Shomron, west
of Nablus.

However, LAWs field researcher in Nablus threw doubt on the Israeli
version of events. The area where they were killed is 4kms from the
settlement, and also around 4kms from the military barracks. The area
where they killed is also considered to be an alternative route for
Palestinians seeking to enter Nablus on foot. The route is not used by
soldiers, noted the field researcher, thus questioning why Palestinians
would want to plant explosives there. Settlers also, do not use this
area.

Israeli forces are visibly present in the area, and usually stop and
search Palestinians, causing lengthy delays.


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