Gaza Under Fire Report: Severe Increase in Palestinian Casualties and Destruction of Properties

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RAMALLAH, August 23, 2014 (WAFA) – PLO Negotiations Affairs Department issued Friday Gaza Under Fire Report: Israel’s Criminal Assault on the Occupied State of Palestine, revealing that there has been a severe increase in Palestinian casualties and destruction of properties.

The report provided a statistical overview on 48 days of the Israeli aggression against the occupied Gaza over the period July 6th to August 22nd.

“Since the beginning of Israel’s continues and deliberate attacks on the defenseless Palestinian civilians in Gaza, Palestinian causalities and destruction of properties have been increased severely. On average Israel has killed about 44 people, including about 12 children on a daily bases,” said the PLO department.

“The sharp increase of the death toll has risen to reach about 2,088, wounding more than 10,482. Among those killed by the Israeli ongoing attacks are 562 children, 255 women and 98 elderly. Also during the 48 days of continues attacks on the defenseless civilians in Gaza, Israel injured more than 3189 children, 1994 women and 388 elderly,” added the PLO department.

The department revealed that over 370,000 Palestinian children are in need of ‘psycho-social first aid’ and quoted Chief of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pernilla Ironside as stating in this regard: “The impact has truly been vast, both at a very physical level, in terms of casualties, injuries, the infrastructure that’s been damaged, but also importantly, emotionally and psychologically in terms of the destabilizing impact that not knowing, not truly feeling like there is anywhere safe place to go in Gaza.”

Commenting on the deliberate targeting of full families, the PLO department also revealed that since the beginning of the Israeli criminal assault on Gaza, Israel has slaughtered about 86 families, killing 505 members of the families, which constitute 20% of the total killed to this reporting period.

According to the report, between July 6th 00:00 a.m. to August 22nd 12:00 p.m., 2,088 Palestinians were killed and 10,482 were injured.

The report also showed that 9,600 structures were demolished, 7,600 structures were partially demolished, 40,000 homes were damaged and 277 schools were also damaged; 141 government schools and 136 UNRWA-run schools.

The report also showed that 10 hospitals and 7 PHC clinics were damaged, 5 hospitals and 44 primary health clinics were closed, 16 ambulances were damaged, 83 health personnel injured, 23 health personnel died after Israeli airstrike.

In terms of attacks against religious sites, the report showed that 69 mosques cannot be used, 150 have been partially damaged, ten Muslim cemeteries have been targeted, two churches and one Christian cemetery have been partially damaged.

Regarding internally-displaced persons, the report showed that over 450,000 people are displaced (almost one third of the Gaza population) –1,700,000 people (the entire population of the Gaza Strip) have been affected by the destruction of electricity, water and waste water infrastructures.

Lashing out at the impunity of Israel and lack of international inaction to hold it accountable for its crimes, the PLO department stated: “Israeli disregard to the lives of Palestinians has 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, injured and displaced.”

Source: WAFA