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Israeli War Crimes Continue in Gaza: 4 Palestinians killed and 10 injured
Report, PCHR, 16 July 2006
Today, 16 July 2006, IOF carried out a pre-dawn raid on the town of Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip. The raid comes after IOF had conducted an incursion into the northern Gaza Strip, and then redeployed its forces outside the targeted areas. During last week's incursion, IOF committed war crimes in contravention of International Law and customs. Today's raid has thus far resulted in the death of three Palestinian resistance activists by aerial bombardment. In addition, 10 civilians were injured. The raid on Beit Hanoun is part of a campaign against Palestinians that was announced by IOF two weeks ago.
In addition, IOF killed a Palestinian woman in El-Shoka community, east of Rafah, as a result of shelling residential structures in the area. PCHR's field worker reported that IOF intensified shelling in the north and south of the Gaza Strip in a way that increased threat to the lives of civilians and to their properties.
It is noted that IOF have killed 89 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip since 25 June 2006. There are 44 civilians among the dead, including 19 children, three women, and three handicapped. In addition, nearly 300 Palestinians have been injured, more than half of them unarmed civilians.
The Israeli army has re-entered the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip to prevent new rocket attacks into Israel and to search for a captured soldier.
Three armed members of Hamas were killed as Israeli tanks, armoured vehicles and bulldozers entered the Palestinian town of Beit Hanun before dawn on Sunday.
Israel has repeatedly raided Gaza since the capture of one of its soldiers, Corporal Gilad Shalit, on June 28.
Gunfire and shelling also killed a 75-year-old woman and wounded 10 others, including a baby.
Israel carried out further air strikes overnight against armed Palestinians and destroyed a Hamas operations room in the Jabaliya refugee camp, an Israeli army spokeswoman said.
Israel's campaign to free its free captured soldier has so far left 82 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier dead.
Hamas, like the Hezbollah group in Lebanon, which is holding two Israeli soldiers, demands the release of prisoners held in Israeli jails in exchange for freeing the captive serviceman.
Hamas is the ruling party in the Palestinian territories but it also advocates the destruction of Israel, which it frequently attacks with home-made rockets.
GAZA CITY, 17 July 2006 — Three Palestinians were killed as Israeli troops re-entered Gaza in its ongoing offensive against Palestinians who captured an Israeli soldier three weeks ago and exchanged gunfire with Palestinians.
Israeli forces moved into Beit Hanoun early yesterday, firing missiles and tank shells in and around the northern Gaza town, which has been used as a staging ground for rocket attacks on the nearby southern Israeli city of Sderot. Israeli airstrikes in Beit Hanoun throughout the night killed three Hamas fighters and wounded 11 people, including a child, hospital officials said. Ambulances were unable to reach the scene of one missile strike aimed at fighters.
Palestinians exchanged fire with Israeli forces, and Hamas men said they set off land mines and bombs against Israeli bulldozers and tanks in the area. The Israeli Army said its forces attacked Palestinians and fired a missile at a Hamas office in northern Gaza.
Two journalists — a Palestinian and a Japanese — were injured in the attack, Mohammed Bassiouni, director of Beit Hanoun hospital said. He added that the two were being treated at the hospital.
Israel started its Gaza offensive on June28 , three days after Hamas-backed fighters tunneled under the border and attacked an Israeli Army post, killing two soldiers and capturing Cpl. Gilad Shalit.