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

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RAMALLAH, August 2, 2014 – (WAFA) –  PLO Negotiations Affairs Department issued Friday 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 statistics of the Israeli aggression against the besieged coastal enclave over the period July 8th to August 1.  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.

“A humanitarian ceasefire of 72 hours was supposed to begin Friday at 8:00 AM. Israel, the occupying power, continued its military operations in several areas, including in Rafah, where Israel killed at least 35 Palestinians and injured 100,” said the PLO Department.

“Right before the ceasefire Israel killed at least 16 Palestinians, as right after the ceasefire took place 4 Palestinians (all of them civilians) were killed by Israeli Forces. It is estimated that 1469 Palestinians were killed and 8400 injured by Israeli Forces before the Rafah massacre. At least 40 Palestinians were killed after the ceasefire took place. At least one family of 10 people, Al Farra, were killed while sleeping early this morning in Khan Younis,” added the PLO Department.

Commenting of the rapidly aggravating humanitarian crisis, the PLO Department said: “The humanitarian crisis is all over the Gaza Strip, and in particular the eastern side that has been occupied by Israeli Forces (44% of the total size of the Gaza Strip). Effects of Israeli bombardments are reflected in the lack of drinking water and the complete or partial interruption of electricity.”

It added: “Hospitals and medical centers continue to be targeted by Israeli forces. UN buildings sheltering refugees continued to be threatened by Israeli Forces, as well as the Roman Catholic Church in Gaza and other centers hosting refugees. Over 250,000 people have been forcibly displaced.”

According to the report, between July 8th 00:00 AM to August 1st 12:00 PM, 1,461 Palestinians were killed, excluding the number of the victims of Rafah massacre, where at least 35 Palestinians have been killed so far. It noted that at least 45 Palestinians were killed after the ceasefire, which already collapsed, took place.

The report showed that the number of Palestinian injuries totaled 8,400, excluding the number of al least 100 Palestinians who were injured in Rafah massacre.

The report also showed that  5,238 structures were demolished, 4,374 structures were partially demolished, 30,050 homes were damaged and 136 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 and that 15 health personnel 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 on July 31st and that the number of partially damaged mosques was updated on July 30st.

“Over 250,000 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