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Euro-Med: Israeli airstrikes displaced 100 families across Gaza

Nov. 15, 2018 12:19 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 18, 2018 12:09 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The raids, targeting various areas of the besieged Gaza Strip, destroyed nine civilian buildings, displaced 100 families across the enclave, and resulted in killing seven and wounding 26 others, including at least 10 civilian casualties, the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med) said on Wednesday.

According to a press release by Euro-Med Monitor, the first estimates of the damage incurred by the Israeli airstrikes across Gaza until the evening of November 13th (with the announcement of a cease-fire agreement at 6:00 p.m.) indicate the destruction of nine civilian buildings, including 80 housing units and offices, thus resulting in the displacement of 100 Palestinian families from their homes.

The Israeli airstrikes resulted in dozens of shops being partially destroyed.

Euro-Med Monitor warned that the current escalation will have its toll mostly on civilians and called for sparing civilians the repercussions of the military operation.

Euro-Med Monitor added, “All parties must adhere to the rules of international humanitarian law and must avoid committing war crimes,” reminding that the International Criminal Court extends its jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories.
The nonprofit human rights organization condemned Israel’s targeting of the headquarters of the al-Aqsa TV channel, in Gaza City.

“Although these facilities belong to Hamas and do broadcast propaganda messages supporting the movement, they remain civilian objects that should not be targeted unless they play a direct role in the hostilities.”

Euro-Med Monitor said “Israel’s targeting of a media facilities indicates its country's fear of possible documentation of its army’s violations,” stressing the need for sparing the media and its institutions the impact of military operations as dictated by the rules of international humanitarian law and the duty to protect journalists.

Using social media to incite against civilians is a provocative action, said Sarah Pritchett, expressing the organization’s concern over the Israeli government spokesperson, Ofir Gendelman, publishing of photos showing civilian buildings being destroyed by Israel in the 2012 and 2014 attacks on Gaza, while posting a tweet on his Twitter account in Arabic, saying “Did you miss [airstrikes]? Do not try us.”

Pritchett added that the “Israeli forces should rather be ashamed of these acts resulting in the destruction of civilian buildings” and called for holding accountable the perpetrators of these crimes, not threatening of committing them again.

Euro-Med Monitor called on the United Nations and the UN’s commission of inquiry to send a field mission to the Gaza Strip to monitor the incidents and violations closely and to pressure the Israeli authorities to stop their operations against the Gaza Strip and to lift the blockade.

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