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UN: Israeli Strikes on Palestinian Homes Could Breach Laws of War

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Israel could be violating the laws of war by bombing Palestinian homes in Gaza, the UN's human rights office said Friday, as the death toll from the Israeli strikes rose to over 100.

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fly b (26)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:51 pm
Israel could be violating the laws of war by bombing Palestinian homes in Gaza, the UN's human rights office said Friday, as the death toll from the Israeli strikes rose to over 100.

"We have received disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes," said spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani.

"Such reports raise doubts about whether the Israeli air strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law," she told reporters.

International humanitarian law is UN-speak for the laws of war, and Shamdasani said targeting homes was a violation unless the buildings were being used for military purposes.

"In case of doubt, buildings that are ordinarily used for civilian purposes, such as homes, are presumed not to be legitimate military targets," she said.

"Even when a home is identified as being used for military purposes, any attack must be proportionate, offer a definite military advantage in the prevailing circumstances at the time, and precautions must be taken to protect civilians," she added.

Israel has accused Hamas and other Palestinian militants who have fired hundreds of rockets at its territory of deliberately placing military installations in densely-populated Gaza in order to use civilians as human shields.

"Military assets should not be located in densely-populated areas and attacks should not be launched from such areas," said Shamdasani.

"This is a call to the armed groups on the Palestinian side," she added, condemning their attacks on Israeli civilian areas, which have injured less than a dozen people.

"On the Israeli side, however, their responsibility in international law is very specific. If there is even an iota of a doubt, homes are not legitimate military targets. And if these homes are being used for military purposes, attacks must be proportionate, and precautions must be taken," said Shamdasani.

"It is incumbent on both parties to ensure that their military operations respect the law, no matter what the obstacles and no matter what the difficulties."

Freya H (357)
Friday July 11, 2014, 3:06 pm
It's good to see that more and more of the world is turning against Israel. That sacred cow has lost its halo.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday July 11, 2014, 4:58 pm
Jusst got the following info - I'd assume these bombarded hospitals must be terrorist hotbeds ...

Over 28% of essential medical supplies are completely out of stock in Gaza. Five health facilities in the strip have suffered structural damage, including the Gaza European Hospital, the Foukhairy clinic in Rafah, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s (PCRS) Emergency Medical Service Center in Jabalia refugee camp, and the Jamila Aisha Primary Health Care (PHC Clinic) in Gaza City.

The UN and the "world leaders" should better stop blabbering to the tunes of Israel and do something tangible like imposing sanctions on Israel for repeatedly punishing the whole Palestinian society.

That'll be the day ...

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday July 11, 2014, 5:19 pm

Not only Israeli victims have names - Palestinians have names too; this is the updated list of the victims in Gaza so far:

(List updated today 3:20pm)

Killed Friday 11/7

1. Anas Rizk Abu el-Kas, 33, was killed in a bombing in Gaza City.
2. Nour Marwan al-Najdi, 10, was killed in a bombing in Rafah.
3. Mohammed Mounir Ashour, 25, was killed in a bombing on the al-Ghanam family home in Rafah.
4. Ghalia Deeb Jabr al-Ghanam, 7, was killed in the same bombing.
5. Wasim Abd al-Rizk Hassan al-Ghanam, 23, was killed in the same bombing.
6. Mahmoud Abd al-Rizk Hassan al-Ghanam, 26, was killed in the same bombing.
7. Kifah Shahada Deeb al-Ghanam, 20, was killed in the same bombing.
8. Ra’ed Hani Abu Hani, 31, was killed in a bombing in Rafah.
9. Shahraman Ismail Abu el-Kas, 42, was killed in a bombing in al-Bureij refugee camp, central Gaza.
10. Mazen Mustafa Aslan, 63, was killed in the same bombing.
11. Shahd Helmi al-Qrynawi, 5, was killed in the same bombing.
12. Adnan al-Ashhab, died from his injuries after attack in Nuseirat a few days ago.
13. Mohammad Rabea Abu-Hmeedan, 65, killed in a bombing in Jabalia.

Killed Thursday 10/7

1. Salem Qandil, 27, Gaza City.
2. Amer al-Fayyoumi, 30, Gaza City.
3. Baha’ Abu al-Leil, 35, Gaza City.
4. Asma’ Mahmoud al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
5. Sa’ad Mahmoud al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
6. Najla’ Mahmoud al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
7. Tareq Sa’ad al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
8. Omar al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
9. Amna al-Hajj, Khan Younis.
10. Amna al-Hajj, Khan Younis
11. Basimah al-Hajj, 57, Khan Younis.
12. Ra’ed Shalat, 30, Nuseirat.
13. Wife of Ra'ed Shalat, Nuseirat.
14. Unidentified child of Ra'ed Shalat, Nuseirat.
15. Unidentified chil of Ra'ed Shalat, Nuseirat.
16. Ibrahim Khalil Qanan, 24, Khan Younis.
17. Mohammad Khalil Qanan, 25, Khan Younis.
18. Hamdi Kamil Sawali, Khan Younis
19. Suleiman al-Astal, 55, Khan Younis.
20. Ahmad al-Astal
21. Mousa al-Astal
22. Mohammad al-‘Aqqad, 24, Khan Younis.
23. Abdullah Ramadan, 5, Beit Lahiya
24. Ismail Abu-Jaame, 19.
25. Khalid Abu-Jaame, 75.
26. Mahmoud Waloud, Jabalia.
27. Hazen Balousheh, Jabalia.
28. Alaa Abdelnabi, Jabalia.
29. Ahmad Zaher Hamdan, 22,northern Gaza.
30. Yasmin Mohammed al-Mutawwaq, 4.
31. Mohammed Kamal al-Kahlout
32. Abdul Rahman Khattab, 8, Deir al-Balah
33. Abdullah Abu Majrouq, Deir al-Balah

Killed Wednesday 9/7

1. Hamed Shihab, Journalist – Gaza.
2. Salmiyya al-‘Arja, 53, Rafah.
3. Nariman Abdul-Ghafour, Khan Younis.
4. Rafiq al-Kafarna, 30.
5. Nayfa Farajallah, 80.
6. Abdul-Nasser Abu Kweik, 60.
7. Khaled Abu Kweik, 31.
8. Ameer Arif, 13.
9. Mohammad Malika, 18 months.
10. Amna Malika (Mohammad’s Mother), 27.
11. Hatem Abu Salem.
12. Mohammad Khaled an-Nimra, 22.
13. Sahar Hamdan (al-Masry), 40, Beit Hanoun.
14. Ibrahim al-Masry, 14, Beit Hanoun.
15. Amjad Hamdan, 23, Beit Hanoun.
16. Hani Saleh Hamad, 57, Beit Hanoun.
17. Ibrahim Hani Saleh Hamad, 20, Beit Hanoun.
18. Mohammad Khalaf Nawasra, 4, al-Maghazi.
19. Nidal Khalaf Nawasra, child, al-Maghazi.
20. Salah Awad Nawasra, al-Maghazi.
21. Somoud Nawasra, al-Maghazi.
22. Mahmoud Nahedh Nawasra, al-Maghazi.
23. Aisha Najm.
24. Amal Yousef Abdul-Ghafour.
25. Ranim Jouda Abdul-Ghafour.
26. Ibrahim Daoud al-Bal’aawy.
27. Abdul-Rahman Jamal az-Zamely.
28. Ibrahim Ahmad ‘Abdin.
29. Mustafa Abu Murr.
30. Khaled Abu Murr.
31. Mazin Al-Jarba.
32. Marwan Eslayyem.
33. Sami al-Arja, 65, Rafah.

Killed Tuesday 8/7

1. Mohammad Sha’ban, 24, Gaza.
2. Amjad Sha’ban, 30, Gaza.
3. Khader al-Basheeleqety, 45, Gaza.
4. Rashad Yassin, 27, Nusseirat.
5. Mohammad Ayman ‘Ashour, 15, Khan Younis.
6. Riyadh Mohammad Kaware’, 50, Khan Younis.
7. Bakr Mohammad Joudeh, 50, Khan Younis.
8. Ammar Mohammad Joudeh, 26, Khan Younis.
9. Hussein Yousef Kaware’, 13, Khan Younis.
10. Bassem Salem Kaware’, 10, Khan Younis.
11. Mohammad Ibrahim Kaware’, 50, Khan Younis.
12. Mohammad Habib, 22, Gaza.
13. Mousa Habib, 16, Gaza.
14. Saqr ‘Aayesh al-‘Ajjoury, 22, Jabalia.
15. Ahmad Nael Mahdi, 16, Gaza.
16. Hafeth Mohammad Hamad, 26, Beit Hanoun.
17. Ibrahim Mohammad Hamad, 26, Beit Hanoun.
18. Mahdi Mohammad Hamad, 46, Beit Hanoun.
19. Fawziyya Khalil Hamad, 62, Beit Hanoun.
20. Donia Mahdi Hamad, 16, Beit Hanoun.
21. Soha Hamad, 25, Beit Hanoun.
22. Suleiman Salam Abu Sawaween, 22, Khan Younis.
23. Siraj Eyad Abdul-‘Aal, 8, Khan Younis.
24. Abdul-Hadi Soufi, 24, Rafah.

David F (14)
Friday July 11, 2014, 5:31 pm
> UN: Israeli Strikes on Palestinian Homes Could Breach Laws of War
- Come again, please? Shooting missiles into homes IN ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED TERRITORY+ MURDERING (amomgst others) CHILDREN with guns, bombs, and missiles IN ILLEGALLY (AND IN DEFIANCE OF UN-RESOLUTIONS &c...) OCCUPIED TERRITORY + dropping WHITE PHOSPHORUS ON DENSELY POPULATED AREAS IN ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED TERRITORY ... .. . .. ... "could" breach laws of war ?

well, some of hitler&Co's actions against, amongst others, jews "could" be considered crimes, too.

fly b (26)
Friday July 11, 2014, 5:52 pm
The arrogance and deceit of Netanyahu hoping, perhaps, for honors in these cowardly assaults on defenseless, men, women and children is heinous, and denounced by some in Israel.

Netanyahu/Israeli government goal, assuredly, is to get Gaza under Israeli control, it's resources and land - just like in the West Bank and everywhere the Israeli regimes have ltaken land from Palestinians in their quest for more and more and more...

More than 100 killed and more than 600 wounded as the result of the IDF attack on GAZA . Majority are children and women (more than 62%) and 12 % are aged. M
More than 100 houses demolished completely and many partially affected.
There is a lack of drugs medical equipment, and medical care to treat the wounded due to the Israeli siege-blockade.
The siege, for years, has been blocking essential, vital supplies, humanitarian aid and medical equipment, and maintained minimal conditions for health, living and survival of the Gaza Strip.
Humanitarian agencies around the world have condemned the dehumanizing, and health concerns due to the siege.ongoing blockade, and the illegal occupation.

The problem is the illegal occupation, the IDF-occupying forces, in Israel-Palestine, which violate human rights, daily for decades, International Laws, and the 4th Geneva convention.
Israel has made itself lord and master in Palestinian lands, violating International Laws, annexing and appropriating Palestinian lands, illegally. These are land thefts, not occupied territories.

Kathleen M (224)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 9:12 am
Sadly noted. Thanks for posting, Jess, and to GGma for the forward. Heartbreaking...

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 10:59 am
Major problem in the legal argument: Military intelligence is imperfect. Like in any legal system, the standard of evidence required must take into account what evidence can be practically gathered. Unfortunately, it is often impossible for an army to present evidence without revealing what intelligence-resources are at its disposal and putting its personnel or capabilities at risk, and it is illegal for investigators to demand that. There will be mistakes, and they will cost the lives of innocent people.

That said, I hope to see a change in Israeli tactics or strategy which would lead to fewer civilian deaths. I sympathize with those who have lost their families and friends to violence in the past few days and at all other times too and hope that the current operation can end with speed and as little injury and death as possible for such things. Perhaps even more importantly, I hope to see it end with some finality so that families in the area, Palestinian and Israeli, need not face such horror again in the near future.

Thank you Eleonora. It is always important to remember the names of the fallen. We must be able to communicate this human tragedy, and not just statistics.

If anybody wants something semi-positive about this (not calling anything about war "positive"), I do see at least one silver lining on this turd. The new round of violence had been inevitable for a long time, and at least now it's happening before Hamas and ISIS, ideological allies, can forge effective ties. Had that happened first, the scale of violence would be far greater than even what we see now. It's about as encouraging as the fact that the nuclear bomb was developed in wartime and just after the proliferation of video-media: Its inevitable first use came before hydrogen-boosting (which increases the blast-radios by more than an order of magnitude) was developed, and could have the emotional impact to prevent further use. Just like the nuking of cities, this round of violence is far from a good thing, but it could easily have been a whole lot worse, and if we need something positive to think about, we can consider that at least even greater violence isn't happening.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 4:34 pm

Has anyone heard/read anything from/by Abo over the last few days? I wonder and worry if he is OK.

Abo - if you can read these lines just let us know if you're OK; no need for eloquent words. We - your friends here on C2 - are worried about your wellbeing!
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