Gaza Under Fire: Israel’s Criminal Assault on Occupied State of Palestine

Bombe over Gaza

RAMALLAH, July 30, 2014 – (WAFA) –  PLO Negotiations Affairs Department issued Wednesday Gaza Under Fire: Israel’s Criminal Assault on the Occupied State of Palestine, stating that Israel has utterly disregarded the lives of Palestinians, resulting in the killing of hundreds.

The report provided a statistical overview about the 23rd day of the Israeli aggression against the besieged coastal enclave over the period July 8th to July 30th.  Statistics featured numbers for each of Palestinians fatalities, injuries, demolished structures, partially demolished structures, damaged homes, damaged schools, damaged hospitals and health centers and attacks against religious sites.

“The Israeli ground invasion in Gaza continued, injuring at least 7,110 people and taking the lives of over 1,269. Only since Wednesday midnight 54 Palestinians were killed and 170 injured. The humanitarian crisis has been expanded all over Gaza, and mainly the eastern side that has been occupied by Israeli Forces (44% of the total size of the Gaza Strip),” said the Department in the report.

It added: “Effects of Israeli bombardments can be seen in the lack of access to basic services whereby for first time since the beginning of the latest Israeli aggression, all of the Gaza Strip Palestinians had their electricity and water systems interrupted, either completely or partially. Hospitals and medical centers continue to be targeted by Israeli forces as well as the Palestinian Civil Defense (firefighters). UN buildings sheltering refugees have been targeted, including the Jabalya Refugee Camp School were 15 people were killed and 190 injured. Once again Israel has targeted offices providing services to Palestinian and International media.”.

The Department noted that over 240,000 people have been forcibly displaced, noting that the number is believed to be higher since it counts mainly the people requesting humanitarian support from the UN and that some civil society and church organizations are hosting internally displaced people.

According to the report, between July 8th 00:00 a.m. to July 30th 12:00 p.m., 1,269 Palestinians were killed up untilmidnight, including 287 children and 57 elderly. Besides, the number of Palestinian injuries totaled 7,110 up until midnight, including 2,164 children and 282 elderly.

The report also showed that 2,333 structures were demolished, 2,080 structures were partially demolished, 23,160 homes were damaged and 133 schools were also damaged.

The report also showed that 13 hospitals and 10 PHC clinics were damaged, 34 health facilities were closed, 12 ambulances were damaged, and 38 health personnel injured, including two pharmacists, three paramedics, one assistant pharmacist and one Labs and blood bank manager. It also showed that one nurse and one administration manager died after Israeli airstrikes.

In terms of attacks against religious sites, the report showed that eight mosques were destroyed and 80 mosques were partially damaged. It also showed that two churches and one Christian cemetery have been partially damaged.

It is worth mentioning that the Department statistics are taken from Palestine Monitoring Group and Palestinian Government Media Center and that the numbers of demolished structures, partially demolished structures and damaged homes were updated until July 28th.

“Over 240,000 people have been displaced –1,700,000 people (all the population of the Gaza Strip) have been affected by the destruction of electricity, water and waste water infrastructures,” said the Department.

“Israeli disregard to the lives of Palestinians have resulted in the killing of hundreds. Instead of learning from previous experiences, some countries gave green light to Israeli forces to bombard and invade the Gaza Strip. The international community has the legal and moral responsibility to protect the Palestinian population living under Israeli occupation and to hold Israel accountable regarding its severe violations of the international humanitarian law. Lack of accountability will continue to fuel Israeli atrocities and crimes. Lack of international action will continue to increase the list of people killed.”

Source: WAFA