Thursday, February 23, 2012

PCHR weekly report 16/2 - 22/2/2012: 14 civilians injured by airstrikes, 3 Palestinians abducted

extract from PCHR weekly report 16/2 - 22/2/2012

In the Gaza Strip, IOF implemented a limited incursion in the south of the Gaza Strip and arrested 2 Palestinians.  

IOF arrested 2 Palestinians in the south of the Gaza Strip while getting ready to hunt birds. 

  Thursday, 16 February 2012

At approximately 02:10, IOF warplanes fired two missiles at a training site used by the Izz Addin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in Yafa Street, east of al-Tufah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. As a result, the windows in some of the surrounding houses and establishments, particularly Mohammed al-Durrah Hospital, crushed and locals were in panic. Additionally, 10 Palestinians sustained bruises and were transferred to al-Shifa Hospital for treatment:

1. Alaa Abed Abu Ghneima, 24;
2. Sharihan Uthman Hassan Abdul Al, 23;
3. Nader Ahmd Zaqzouq, 30;
4. Shaima Uthman Abdul Al, 14;
5. Maher Fadhel Ata Allah al-Jammal, 50;
6. Maher Yahya Jamal Khalaf, 40;
7. Mukarram Tawfiq Abdul Salam Hassouna, 54;
8. Asil Radi Abdul Al, 7;
9. Mohammed Ali Mahmoud Lubbad, 22, who is a paramedic of the civil defense service; and
10. Zakariya Said Helles, 21; who is a nurse at Mohammed al-Durrah Hospital and who sustained wounds in the nose as he was hit by glass shrapnel from the crushing windows.
At approximately 22:10, IOF an IOF warplane fired two missiles at Zuhdi Ashor & Sons Metal Workshop, east of al-Zaytoon headquarters in the east of Gaza City, which is owned by Eyad Zuhdi Rashad Ashour, 38. As a result, the workshop which measures 600 meters squared was totally destroyed. The windows of the house of Eyad Zuhdi Rashad Ashour which is built on top of the workshop were crushed as well. Additionally, Mohammed Salim Ramadan Ashour, 27, sustained light wounds.

Friday, 17 February 2012

At approximately 16:15, IOF positioned at the border in the east of al-Bureij, in the middle of the Gaza Strip, fired two shells at the Maqboula site, southeast of al-Bureij, which is used by the Palestinian National Security Service. 

Sunday, 19 February 2012  

At approximately 00:20, an IOF warplane fired a missile at a house belonging to Ali Ghazi Mohammed al-Zaharna, 37.  The house which measures 120 meters squared is located in al-Shurafa Street in al-Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza City.  The missile landed on the top roof and made a hole in the ceiling but it did not explode.  The missile caused damages to the house.  Additionally, al-Zaharna, his wife and his two-year-old children sustained bruises. 

At approximately 00:30, an IOF warplane fired a missile at a training site used by Izz Addin al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, in Yafa Street, east of al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  The bombardment resulted in damages to the neighboring establishments, especially Gaza Martyrs Boys Basic School.  The windows of the school crushed and damages were caused to the exhibit, the library and the book store in the school. Around 600 students attend this school which employs 23 teachers.  The school which measures 4 donums is located 12 meters to the east of the targeted site.  No casualties were reported.  It should be noted that this site was targeted several times in the past, most recently on 16 January 2012. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

At approximately 04:00, IOF moved approximately 400 meters into Gaza International Airport, in the far southeast of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip.  They arrested three Palestinians from al-Shoka village in the east of Rafah:

1. Mohammed Hussein Abu Athreh, 20;
2. Saddam Mohammed Abu Athreh, 21; and
3. Ashraf Hassan al-Soufi, 23.

According to testimonies made by the families of the arrested men, the three men used to hunt birds in the area.  PCHR was unable to collect any further information.