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PCHR: 3 Palestinians killed, 14 wounded by Zionist forces in two weeks

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the two week period of 24 Oct. -07 Nov. 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian suffering from epilepsy in the central Gaza Strip. 2 Palestinian resistance members were killed by an airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

In addition, a Palestinian policeman and a resistance member were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip 12 civilians were wounded, including a child, in the Hares village, north of the West Bank. 3 attacks were carried out against Palestinian fishermen in the northern Gaza Strip, and Israeli forces used force to disperse peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian suffering from epilepsy in the central Gaza Strip. In addition, they killed 2 Palestinian resistance members by airstrike and wounded a third, in addition to wounding a Palestinian policeman at the Customs checkpoint in the north of the Gaza Strip. Dozens of protestors suffered from tear gas inhalation and sustained bruises during demonstrations organized against the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, on 04 November 2012, in an excessive use of lethal force, the Israeli forces killed 1 Palestinian civilian suffering from epilepsy near the border fence, east of Wadi Gaza village, in the central Gaza Strip. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, the Israeli forces used excessive force against the Palestinian and did not attempt to arrest him first, especially as he was not a military man, but in civilian clothing.

On 24 October 2012, 2 Palestinian resistance members were killed when an Israeli warplane launched a missile at them, as they were launching missiles at Israeli towns from a farming land behind the Tareq Abu al-Hsein petrol station on Salah Eddin Street in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The 2 killed persons are affiliated to the Nasser Salah Eddin Brigades (the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees).

On the same day, a Palestinian policeman was injured when an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the southern entrance of the Customs checkpoint “44” belonging to the Gaza Ministry of Interior, 1700 meters to the south of the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing. The missile was launched almost at the time of opening the crossing, when the Palestinian security officers were getting ready to receive Palestinians traveling from Gaza to Israel. The policeman’s wounds were serious. As a result of the attack, the eastern electricity network supplying the Gaza Strip with power was damaged. In addition, damage was caused to containers used as offices of the Palestinian Security Service. Shrapnel made holes in these 6 offices.

On 02 November 2012, a Palestinian resistance member was injured when the Israeli forces positioned at the border fence launched artillery shells at a Palestinian resistance group. This group was in a farming land, east of the Wadi Gaza village (Johr al-Deek) in the east of Deir al-Balah, the central Gaza Strip.

In the context of other shooting incidents, on 22 October 2012, the Israeli forces stationed inside watchtowers at the border fence, north of the Agriculture School in the north of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire heavily at agricultural areas and houses of civilians adjacent to the border area. Neither casualties nor damage of property were reported.

On 24 October 2012, the Israeli forces stationed at the border fence launched 10 artillery shells at the Gaza International Airport in the far southeast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

On 28 October 2012, an Israeli warplane bombarded an under-construction house, northeast of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the house was completely destroyed; in addition, 4 other houses and a marble workshop sustained partial damages. Moreover, a poultry farm was damaged and 50 chicks died.

On 29 October 2012, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas movement). The training site is located south of the Omar Ben Abdul Aziz mosque on the Khalil al-Wazeer Street in Beit Hanoun, in the north of the Gaza Strip. Neither casualties nor damage of property were reported.

On the same day, the Israeli forces stationed at the border fence, east of the “Martyrs’ Cemetery” in the east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, launched 2 artillery shells at the agricultural area in the vicinity of the cemetery. Neither casualties nor damage of property were reported.

On 31 October 2012, the Israeli forces stationed inside watchtowers, east of al-Na’ayma Street in the east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire heavily at open areas for 10 minutes. No casualties or damage of property were reported.

On 06 November 2012, the Israeli forces stationed at the border fence, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, shelled the eastern parts of the ‘Abassan and Khuza’a villages with artillery and smokescreen shells. No casualties were reported.

In the context of attacking Palestinian fishermen, on 01 November 2012, the Israeli gunboats positioned off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian gunboats. Neither casualties nor damage of property were reported.

On 03 November 2012, the Israeli forces positioned off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.

On 06 November 2012, a similar incident took place again in the same area.

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