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Monday, 12 May 2008

Eternal shame – Zionism's young victims

    As Israel prepares for its 60th birthday in May already, in the first four months of the anniversary year, In Occupied Palestine has reported 63 deaths and more than 12 injuries (including 14 beatings) of Palestinian youngsters under Occupation. These are listed below.

    Israel asserts that its Occupation forces do not target Palestinian civilians. The indiscrimate use of disproportionate firepower, however, makes the inevitability of large numbers of civilian deaths unavoidable. Israel's disclaimers lack credibility and the toll of dead and maimed Palestinians bears witness to the truth.

    This report deals principally with the deaths and injuries of young people. For a more complete record covering the far higher total of all victims, please refer to other sources including In Occupied Palestine's daily reports.

  • Beatings: Israel will no doubt claim that the beating of children (one as young as 10) is necessary for security. The torture of two youngsters by Israeli soldiers is also recorded.

  • Sniper fire: Snipers aim at the person. Israel's child victims, targeted even in their own homes, are further proof that Israel has no respect for human life or the Geneva Conventions.

Eternal shame – Zionism's young victims

    As Israel prepares for its 60th birthday in May already, in the first four months of the anniversary year, In Occupied Palestine has reported 63 deaths and more than 12 injuries (including 14 beatings) of Palestinian youngsters under Occupation. These are listed below.

    Israel asserts that its Occupation forces do not target Palestinian civilians. The indiscrimate use of disproportionate firepower, however, makes the inevitability of large numbers of civilian deaths unavoidable. Israel's disclaimers lack credibility and the toll of dead and maimed Palestinians bears witness to the truth.

    This report deals principally with the deaths and injuries of young people. For a more complete record covering the far higher total of all victims please refer to other sources including In Occupied Palestine's daily reports.

  • Beatings: Israel will no doubt claim that the beating of children (one as young as 10) is necessary for security. The torture of two youngsters by Israeli soldiers is also recorded below.

  • Sniper fire: Snipers aim at the person. Israel's child victims, targeted even in their own homes, are further proof that Israel has no respect for human life or the Geneva Conventions.

January 3

Physical assault & injury: Hebron – 12:00, Israeli soldiers assaulted 14-year-old Mohammad Lutfi Abu al-Halawah near the Occupation settlement of Haggai, breaking his right hand.

January 4

Israeli attack & injury: Hebron – 15:00, 16-year-old Mohammad Ibrahim Sabarnah was wounded when Israeli troops opened fire on him at the entrance to the town of Beit Ummar.

Air strikes – deaths & other attacks – injuries – house demolition – economic sabotage: Khan Yunis – 17-year-olds, Mohammad Khader Fayad and Barham Abu lihyeh, were killed in Israeli helicopter missile strikes during attacks by Occupation troops on the al-Zanna district of al-Qarara that started at 01:00, on Thursday. The Israelis have been firing indiscriminately on houses, injuring 14 unarmed civilians, including two children seriously, Zayed Mohammad Fayad and Mohammad Hamdan Fayad. The Israelis demolished a house and disrupted education at four schools in the district. Before withdrawing at 13:00 the enemy troops destroyed more valuable Palestinian agriculture.

January 7

Israeli attack – injury: Ramallah and El Bireh – 13:55, a child was injured during an Israeli Army incursion into the town of Beitunia.

Israeli attack – deaths – injuries – home occupations – ambulance damage – assaults on journalists – vandalism – economic sabotage: Central Gaza – Israeli troops remained in the al-Breij refugee camp following yesterday's incursion. Four people, including a 14-year-old boy, Ziyad Abu Rukbah, and a woman, Iman Mohammad Hamdan, have since been killed by enemy troops, with the homes of refugees subjected to intensive fire. A toddler, Ibrahim Hamdan, and a woman, Rohiya Hamdan, are among the eight people that have been seriously wounded and there are four children and 29 other people injured in the relentless Israeli violence. The Israelis continued to occupy the homes of refugees for use as military posts and detained 150 refugees for interrogation. Nothing was safe from the rampaging Israeli troops who attacked and damaged an ambulance, assaulted journalists and vandalised houses and a parked car. The invaders' parting shot before withdrawing was the customary sabotage of Palestinian farm land.

Israeli Army Abducts and Tortures Youngsters:

Full story: International Solidarity Movement January 9, 2008 | Posted in Reports, Nablus Region. On Monday night at 9pm, 12 jeep-loads of Israeli troops shot their way into the West Bank village of Qusin. In addition to live ammunition, the Israelis fired stun and teargas grenades and rubber-coated bullets in a search for youngsters who, the Occupation forces claimed, had thrown stones at Israeli armoured jeeps. A soldier held a knife to the throat of a 12-year-old boy and threatened to kill him and two 16-year-olds, Hassan Fachri and Ali Nayef, were abducted (blindfolded and handcuffed) and tortured by Israeli soldiers for seven hours. The boys were held in a small filthy cell, kept blindfolded and denied food and water. Hassan was denied access to the lavatory. Both boys were savagely beaten and kicked and were prevented from sleeping by soldiers yelling death threats at them. Hassan Fachri was thrown outside into the freezing rain for some time at 3am.

    In an act of collective punishment, Hassan Fachri's father’s permission to work in Israel has now been confiscated and he has been fined 5000 NIS. This was not the first time Hassan Fachri had been subjected to Israeli Army savagery. He was abducted and held for three days in Keddumim, during which time he was fed only twice. His arms were tied behind his back and the beating he received left him with head injuries and a dislocated elbow.

    The Israelis threatened to inflict further collective punishment on the 1500 residents of Qusin by evicting them from their village and closing the road until the following morning, should Fachri throw any more stones.

Israeli raid: Qalqilya – 16:00, ten-year-old Jihad Abdel Halim Musleh was injured in an Israeli attack on the town of Jayous.

January 17

Air strike – deaths: Gaza – 12:00, three unarmed civilians from the same family, 14-year-old Amir Amer Hashem al-Yaziji, his father Amer Hashem al-Yaziji and Mohammad Hashem al-Yaziji, were killed in an Israeli helicopter missile strike in al-Nafaq Street.

Israeli attack – injuries – home invasion – beating: Hebron – 09:30, in an assault by Occupation forces to set checkpoints in the areas of Ras al-Jorah and Abu Rumman, six unarmed civilians were injured, four of them children and one person aged 70. A two-month-old baby was overcome by teargas used by the Israelis as an offensive weapon. Another unarmed civilian was beaten up by the Israelis and three people were taken prisoner. Enemy troops returned at 21:10, searched a house in the area of al-Fahs and set up a checkpoint near Jabal al-Rahmeh (Mount of Mercy).

Israeli aircraft struck repeatedly – deaths: Palestinian missile launch areas came under indiscriminate Israeli air strikes in northern Gaza on Wednesday, killing a boy, his father and his uncle. Relatives identified the dead as 12-year-old Amir Yazagi, his father Mohammed and uncle Amr, said Dr. Moaiya Hassanain of the Gaza health ministry. Their bodies were so mutilated it was hard to identify them, medics said. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=4142625

January 18

Israeli attack – injury: Nablus – 05:35, an unarmed civilian, Ahmad Sanakreh, was killed by Israeli troops and a three-year-old child injured as Israeli stormtroopers invaded the city of Nablus and the Balata refugee camp. The Israelis occupied a number of houses and took three people prisoner.

Israeli attack – death: Jerusalem – six-year-old Murouj Khaled Taha died after falling from the roof of her house in the Shu’fat refugee camp having been overcome by teargas, used by the Israelis as an offensive weapon. The child was admitted to hospital and died soon after when attempts to save her life failed.

January 26

Israeli attack – injury: Jerusalem – 18:00, 15-year-old Rami al-Faqeeh was injured when Occupation troops opened fire with rubber-coated bullets on children near the village of Qatannah.

Israeli attack – death & injuries: Hebron – 11:40, one 17-year-old schoolboy, Mahmoud Mohammad Awad, died and another was wounded along with two adults in an Israeli assault on the town of Beit Ummar. At 14:50, the Israeli Army opened fire on Awad's funeral procession. Two people were wounded.

January 29

Israeli attack – injury: Jerusalem – 21:00, 16-year-old Mahmoud Mohammad Taha was shot and wounded by Occupation troops when they opened fire on a group of young Palestinians. The Israeli Army claimed that it opened fire in response to stone-throwing by the youngsters.

Israeli attack – death – injuries – house demolition – home invasions & vandalism: Bethlehem – 14:25, 17-year-old Qusay Suleiman Effendi was killed by the Israeli Army during an incursion into the city by Occupation troops. The Israelis attacked the city with intensive gunfire and teargas, searched and occupied a number of houses and demolished another. Two youngsters 13-year-old Mahmoud Mohammad al-Zaareer and 16-year-old Ihab Mohammad al-Adam, were critically wounded in the Israeli violence. Two other youngsters were wounded as well as four adults. One person was taken prisoner and three parked vehicles were vandalised by the Israelis before they withdrew.

January 31

Occupation settler violence – beatings – abductions – injuries: Hebron – 16:30, 16-year-old Mahmoud Awni Da’na and 15-year-old Mohammad Abdel Samad Jaber were beaten up in the Old City by a mob of Israelis from the Kiryat Arba settlement. Occupation troops then abducted the two terrified youngsters.

February 1

Israeli attack – injury: Qalqilya – 16:30, 16-year-old Mahmoud Mohammad Radwan was injured in an Israeli incursion into the town of Azzun.

Israeli attack – injury: Hebron – 16:45, 15-year-old Youssef Ahmad Abu Maria was injured during an Israeli Army incursion into the town of Beit Ummar.

February 3

Israeli attack – injury: Jenin – 17:00, 12-year-old Mu’tasem Zakaria Qarariyah was injured in an Israeli incursion into the village of Al Fandaqumiyah. A 16-year old, Nader Rouhi Hawawrah, was detained by the soldiers but not abducted.

Israeli attack – injuries home – invasions: Bethlehem – 19:55, three children and an adult were injured by the Israeli Army during home invasions in the town of Al Khader.

February 4

Occupation settler violence – beatings – injuries: Hebron – 17:00, 12-year-old Ahmad Al Haddad and his father were admitted to hospital following savage beatings in the Old City by Occupation settlers from Tel Rumeideh.

February 9

Israeli attack – injury: Tubas – eight-year-old Oday Mustafa Bisharat was wounded as Israeli troops shot their way indiscriminately round the village of Atouf.

February 10

Beating: Jerusalem – Israeli troops beat up a 15-year-old shepherd, Abdul Fattah Muhammad Abdul Fattah, as he grazed his sheep near the village of Qatanna.

Air strike – injuries – destruction & damage: Gaza – 00:30, a missile fired from an Israeli F16 fighter jet wounded ten people (including women and children) at a blacksmith's workshop in the district of Az Zaytoun. Besides destroying the workshop the missile also damaged neighbouring houses.

February 12

Israeli attack: Jerusalem – 14:00, a child was injured when Israeli troops assaulted people during an incursion into the village of Qatannah.

February 16

Israeli attack – reprisal – injuries: Jerusalem – 19:00, two youngsters, 13-year-old Mohammad Nasser al-Faqih and 16-year-old Muath Zuheir Tabanjah, were wounded when troops positioned on Israel's annexation Wall opened fire on young people in the village of Qatana. The Israeli Army admitted that its troops fired on the youngsters as a reprisal for stone- throwing.

February 20

Israeli attack – death – home invasions – curfew: Nablus – 13:50, Israeli Army tanks, armoured vehicles and bulldozers, supported by helicopter gunships and reconnaissance aircraft, raided the Deir Al Balah districts of Abu Al Agene and Abu Muhareb. The Israelis occupied the roofs of a number of houses and killed seven-year-old Muhammad Abu Sha’r as they broke into a house. Two Resistance fighters were wounded.

February 21

Assaults: Ramallah and El Bireh – 12:30, Israeli soldiers assaulted schoolchildren and searched a shop in the town of Beituniya.

Beating – injury: Tulkarem – 11:20, 14-year-old Mohammad Ziyad Abu Zanat was admitted to hospital after being beaten up by Israeli soldiers during an enemy incursion into the city. The Israelis had stormed a coffee house and detained customers. Three people were taken prisoner.

February 22

Israeli attack – injury: Nablus – 11:00, 16-year-old Hussein Sabri was wounded in intensive fire during an Israeli Army incursion into the town of Beita. Two people were taken prisoner.

February 28

Air strikes – children among dead & injured: Northern Gaza – 18:35, three children, ten-year-old Anas al-Mana’mah, 11-year-old Bilala Hijazi and 11-year-old Mohammad Maher Hamada, were killed in an Israeli air-launched missile strike near the al-Khazendar petrol station in the Beit Lahia district of al-Soudaniyeh. Two children and five adults were wounded. The two children have serious injuries.

Air strikes – baby dead – women & children injured: Gaza – 22:40, the Israeli Army killed five-month-old Mohammad Nasser al-Bur’i and wounded 15 unarmed civilians, including women and children. Some of the wounded have serious injuries. During the assault, Palestinian houses were damaged as Israeli F16 fighter jets destroyed a four-storey building in the west of the city.

Air strikes – children & adults injured - destruction: Gaza – 22:50, four children and four adults were wounded when Israeli helicopters destroyed a blacksmith's workshop in the district of al-Zaytounah.

Israeli attack – children targeted: Ramallah and El Bireh – 14:30, Palestinian children came under stun- and teargas- grenade fire from an Israeli sniper tower set up close to the annexation Wall near El-Bireh. The Israeli Army admitted the action was a reprisal for stone-throwing by the youngsters.

Air strikes – children & adults injured – damage: Gaza – 23:30, children were among seven people injured in Israeli helicopter missile strikes targeting a building in the city centre.

February 29

Air strike – child deaths (three from same family) & serious injury: Northern Gaza – 15:00, three children, eight-year-old Ali Munir Dardounah, 11-year-old Dheed Dardounah and 14-year-old Omar Dardounah were killed and a fourth child, seven-year-old Mohammad Na'im Hammoudeh, was seriously wounded in an Israeli air strike that hit close to the al-Salam Mosque. The three dead children are from the same family.

Air strikes – baby & others injured: Northern Gaza – 23:00, a baby of six months and six unarmed civilians were injured in three Israeli F16 missile strikes on the Palestinian Labourers General Union Building in the al-Saftawi district of Jabalia.

Israeli attack – children & others injured – severe damage to houses: Northern Gaza – 09:00, three children and two adults were wounded by an Israeli Army missile fired from the Green Line that caused extensive damage to their homes and to other houses in al-Boura near the al-Amal district of Beit Hanoun.

Israeli attack – child death: Gaza – 17:30, 12-year-old Amjad Hafez al-Sakani was killed by one of a number missiles fired by the Israeli Army from positions on the Green Line to the east of the suburb of al-Shuja’iya.

March 1

Air strike – children & elderly lady killed at home : Northern Gaza – 09:30, two children and an elderly lady were killed by an Israeli air-launched missile that targeted their home to the east of the al-Qaram roundabout in Jabalia.

Israeli attack – children & adults killed – many injured: Northern Gaza – 01:30, two 15-year-olds, Iyad Mohammad Abu Shibak and Bassam Mohammad Salem Obeid, and another youngster, Mohammad Salem Obeid, were killed as well as 15 unarmed civilians: Abdullah Faraj, Misleh Mohammad Ade Alil, Abdel Hamid Hamadah, Hamzeh, Mohammad al-Jamal, Abdallah Nabil Abed Rabbo, Mohammad al-Mabhouh, Mustafa Nasser Manoun, Sa’eed Abu Jalala, Hussein Sami al-Batsh, Tal’at Dardounah, Fathi Thabet, Ibrahim al-Zein, Sa’eed al-Hashim, Musleh Abu Ali and Jacqueline Mohammad Abu Shibak, and 40 civilians were wounded, some seriously, in intensive fire by the Israeli Army during an assault on the town of Jabalia. Invading troops set up posts near Abu Safiya, Jabal al-Rayes and Izbet Abed Rabbo near the Zemo road junction. Israeli helicopter gunships fired missiles at Palestinian homes and air-launched missiles killed eight local Resistance fighters who had clashed with the invaders. The Israelis occupied the roofs of houses and ransacked others, took unarmed civilians prisoner and sabotaged farmland. Enemy forces remain in Jabalia as at 08:00 today.

Israeli attack – child injuries: Northern Gaza – 16:30, three children were wounded, one seriously, by an Israeli Army missile fired from the Green Line into the al-Far'ata suburb of Beit Hanoun.

March 2

Israeli attack – children killed – women, children & paramedic wounded: Northern Gaza – since 01:30, 39 unarmed civilians, including seven children and 22 Resistance fighters, have been killed by Israeli Occupation forces and 110 unarmed civilians, including women, children and a paramedic sustained critical injuries. Israeli troops, helicopter gunships and reconnaissance aircraft are positioned inside Palestinian areas east of Jabalya, near the Al Ja'al station, in Abu Safieh, around Jabal Al Rayes, in Izbat Abed Rabou and near the Zamou junction. The Israelis opened intensive machinegun-fire from armoured vehicles and enemy tanks shelled Palestinian homes. An ambulance and press vehicles have been fired on, and Israeli troops occupied the roofs of houses and detained residents while continuing to destroy farmland and create yet more barriers to Palestinian movement. Israeli troops are still positioned in Palestinian areas as at 08:00 today.

Israeli sniper bullet takes 12-year-old girl's life:

Sami Abu Salem writing from Jabalya, Occupied Gaza Strip, The Electronic Intifada's Live from Palestine, 10 March 2008,

This raid took place March 1, 2008:

"I put my hand on her chest to stop the streaming blood. She told me that she could not breathe, her body trembled and she closed her eyes," said Ra'd Abu Saif of his 12-year-old daughter Safa's last moments after she was shot by an Israeli sniper last Saturday. Safa was shot in the left side of her chest while she was inside her home in Jabaliya, northern Gaza. An ambulance tried to reach her but Israeli soldiers opened fire at it, wounding a paramedic and causing the tyres to lose air, and so she bled to death three hours after she was wounded. Her 39-year-old father Ra'd, 37-year-old mother Samar, and the rest of Safa's family surrounded her, praying for her safety. Her father pressed on the wound while her brother Ali held her hands as her body was severely trembling. She asked her father to help her to breathe. "Dad, I cannot breathe, all of you leave me please, let me breathe, enough, enough," were Safa's last words, according to her father. Ra'd tried CPR, but he failed. No more pulse and no more breath.

Safa had gone to fetch some clothes from the second floor when, according to Ra'd, "the Israeli sniper on a nearby building shot her in her chest." The gunshot penetrated both her chest and the door of the room, and blood poured from her chest and back. "I heard a gunshot and soon her scream filled the house. I went upstairs, [and saw] her knees gave in and slowly she fell down while calling for her mother," said her 17-year-old brother Ali. Her father carried his wounded daughter and tried to evacuate her to the hospital but when he reached the door of the house, his brothers prevented him from leaving as Israeli snipers were shooting anything moving. Several phone calls later, the ambulance centre told the family to evacuate the girl. Her mother Samar carried Safa but as soon as she left the house, the Israeli soldiers opened fire at her and the wounded girl fell to the ground. Samar dragged her into the house. While Safa laid dying, the family waited as explosions, gunshots, drones and helicopters sounded all around them. Israeli forces cut the electricity and shot the water tanks on the roof. The radio and mobile phone batteries lost their power.

"We used water only for drinking; the smell of the toilet filled our home and we used [text messaging for communication] to conserve batteries," said her brother Ali. "My uncle Nabil, 28, crawled from our house to his house and brought a kerosene lamp, but it went out the same night," Ali added. The following day the Red Cross intervened and co-ordinated with the Israeli troops. The ambulance arrived and took Safa's lifeless body; the Israeli soldiers allowed only her farther to join her. "Near the door of our house there were dead bodies; the Israeli soldiers prevented paramedics from carrying them away," Ali said. Ali began to cry as he recalled his "clever sister," who shared many of his interests. "She likes sport like me; she is also a good volleyball player and used to participate in school championships." The family could not afford paints for Safa to practice her favorite hobby. "She used to [draw] landscapes with a pencil, [there was] no money for colors," Ali said.

The school run by the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, where Safa studied is two kilometres from her home. She walked the four kilometers round trip each day after her unemployed father was no longer able to afford the minibus that carried her and her sisters to school. The following Sunday morning, thousands of Palestinians in Jabaliya refugee camp participated in Safa's funeral procession.

Sami Abu Salem lives in Jabaliya Refugee Camp and works as an English news and features writer at the Palestine News Agency (WAFA). He has also worked at the International Press Center of the Palestinian Authority State Information Service, and works as a freelance writer for local newspapers, focusing on literature and arts. This article was originally published by Ramattan News Agency and is republished with the author's permission.

Air raids – deaths – child & adult injuries – house demolition: Gaza – 13:30, in Al Yarmouk street, Israeli helicopter-launched missiles slaughtered six unarmed civilians and destroyed a family’s house, critically injuring five others, including a child and an infant from the same family. The dead are: Su’ad Attallah, Raja’ Attallah, Ibtisam Attallah, Ibrahim Attallah, Khaled Abdul Rahman Attallah and Abdul Rahman Attallah.

Air raids – deaths – child & adult injuries – damage & destruction: Rafah – 21:30, six Resistance activists, Emad At Talla, Subhi Awadallah, Sameer Qashtah, Khaled Abu Ayadah, Muhammad Na’mah and Sadeq Al Bilaishi, were killed and 20 civilian bystanders (one of them a female child) were injured in Israeli F-16 missile strikes aimed at a building and a nearby mosque in the west of the city. The mosque was destroyed and nearby houses were damaged in the attack.

Killings – children & adults: Northern Gaza – the Israeli Army killed 39 civilians, including youngsters, in the town of Jabalya. The young people killed are: Samah Zeidan Assaliya (17); Ghadah Al Abed Saleh (16); Abdul Raouf Abdul Karim Odeh (16); Abdul Karim Al Hou (15); Nihad Dhaher (12); Safa’ Ra’ed Abu Saif (12) and Mu’tasem Faraj Abed Rabou (17).

March 3

Resistance – youngster (age 14) killed: Hebron – 08:00, the Israeli Army killed 14-year-old Mahmoud Mohammad al-Masalma in the town of Beit Awa during attacks on peace marches in that town and in Hebron, the towns of Halhul, Sa’ir, Beit Awa, Yatta and the refugee camp of al-Arroub. Thirty-seven peaceful protesters were injured in the Israeli violence, including 20 children. The protests were being held against Israel's deadly and destructive military aggression in the Gaza Strip.

Resistance – youngster killed: Ramallah & El Bireh – 08:00, in the town of al-Mazra’ah al-Gharbiyeh the Israeli Army killed 17-year-old Mohammad Saleh Shreiteh in an attack on a peaceful march protesting against Israel's deadly and destructive military aggression in the Gaza Strip.

Resistance – children injured: Ramallah & El Bireh – 11:30, in the village of Bil’in five children were injured when the Israeli Army attacked a peaceful march protesting against Israel's deadly and destructive military aggression in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli attack – youngster & adult deaths – child injuries: Northern Gaza – the Israeli Army continued to attack the town of Jabalya, the area of Abu Safieh and Jabal al-Rayes and Izbet Abed Rabbo near the junction of Zemo. Five people have been killed, a child, an ambulance officer and three Resistance activists. Four children and five Resistance fighters have been wounded. The Israelis have also been occupying Palestinian homes and took 50 residents prisoner. The five people killed east of the town of Jabalya are 14-year-old Mahmoud Bahar, Louay Jamal Abde Rabbo, Mahmoud Abu Aita, Abdallah al-Shinar and Mahmoud Zaqout.

Curfew – child injury: Qalqilya – 22:15, a child was wounded in the village of Hijeh when the Israeli Army raided the villages of al-Funduq and Hijeh, imposed curfews and opened intensive fire on unarmed civilians in reprisal for alleged stone-throwing.

March 4

Resistance – injuries: the Israeli Army disrupted peaceful marches protesting against Israel's deadly and destructive military aggression in the Gaza Strip. The protests were held in Bethlehem (4 children & 2 adults injured) the towns of Beit Ummar, Surif, and Yatta, and the refugee camps of al-Arroub and al- Fawwar (14 children & five adults injured. One of the children, Yihya Adham Qoqas, was seriously injured).

Israeli attack – injuries: Bethlehem – 14:30, 17-year-old Nabil Nayef al-Isawi was seriously wounded in intensive Israeli fire in the al-Azzah refugee camp. One other refugee was also injured in the Israel incursion.

Curfew – child injury: Nablus – 17:30, a child was wounded as Israeli troops shot their way into the town of Beita and imposed a curfew. Enemy soldiers remain in the town as at 08:00 today.

Israeli attack – infant death & adult death – injuries: Khan Yunis – 19:20, two-week-old Amirah Khaled Abu Asr was killed and her mother wounded by Israeli forces in the town of Al Qarara as Palestinian homes were hit by shelling from tanks and intensive machinegun fire. The Israelis also killed another person, Yousef As Smairi, and wounded another seven residents. Israeli Special Forces disguised in civilian clothing encountered armed Palestinian resistance and were reinforced later by tanks, armoured vehicles, helicopter gunships and reconnaissance aircraft. Israeli forces took the dead infant's father and another person prisoner.

Israeli attack – children injured: Jenin – 11:10, three schoolchildren were injured during an Incursion by the Israeli Army into the town of Beit Furik.

Israeli attack – child injury & abductions: Bethlehem – 09:00, a child was injured, and 15-year-old Ahmad Mahmoud Da’darah, 15-year-old Shadi Elias Abu Aker and 16-year-old Iyad Shuaib Abu Sha’irah were abducted, by Israeli soldiers near the Bilal Bin Rabah (Al Quba) mosque in the north of the city. The Israeli Army had been firing rubber-coated bullets, stun-grenades and teargas grenades at youngsters for alleged stone-throwing.

March 5

Curfew – death – children & adults injured: Hebron – 18:30, two children and three adults were injured in home invasions by the Israeli Army in the town of Edna. The Israelis imposed a curfew on the town, after an Occupation settler vehicle came under fire. The settler was injured and a Palestinian labourer was killed.

Beating – youngster injured: Bethlehem – 13:40, 17-year-old Mohammad Samir Arouj was admitted to hospital after being being beaten up by by Israeli soldiers during an incursion into the town of Teqoa.

March 7

Israeli attack – child injury: Ramallah and El Bireh – 10:30, Israeli troops made an incursion into El-Bireh, injuring a child as they assaulted residents in the streets of the city.

Curfew – child injury – home invasions: Salfit – 15:40, a child was injured as Israeli troops invaded the village of Marda, broke into villagers' homes and imposed a curfew. Four people were taken prisoner.

March 8

Resistance – child & adult injuries: 15:00, a child and two adults were injured when the Israeli Army attacked a peaceful anti-annexation Wall march in the town of Qafin.

Israeli attack – injuries – abduction: Bethlehem – 20:45, 16-year-old Imad Sami Taqatqah was among four unarmed civilians wounded and then abducted by Israeli troops during an incursion into the town of Beit Fajjar. The Israeli Army obstructed an ambulance on its way to the Government Hospital and broke into and searched a clinic.

March 13

Israeli attack – child injuries – vandalism – economic sabotage home invasions: Qalqilya – 13:45, two children and eight adults were injured during an Israeli Army incursion into the city. One person, Majdi Bassem Hatab, was seriously wounded. In nearly nine hours of violence, rampaging Israeli troops set off explosions inside three family homes causing extensive damage to furniture and possessions, ruined farmland near the houses and damaged a farm building. One person was detained.

March 18

Beating – abductions: Qalqilya – 01:50, the Israeli Army raided the town of Azzun and beat up a 17-year-old Palestinian boy. Two seventeen-year-olds, Ahmad Sa’eed Abdel Karim Salim and Jafar Ahmad Inayah were abducted during the Israeli incursion which went on until 04:30.

March 22

Beatings – abductions: Qalqilya – 19:00, Israeli soldiers beat up and then abducted 16-year-old Mouemen Mustafa Marabeh and 17-year-old Musaab Hassan Marabeh near Israel's annexation Wall.

March 26

Israeli attack – injury: Nablus – 19:30, 17-year-old Sa’ed Ghazi Awwad was shot and wounded by Israeli troops on a segregated road near the village of Awarta.

April 2

Israeli attack: Salfit – 12:05, Israeli troops opened fire on a number of children, claiming that they got too close to the fence around the Occupation settlement of Ariel.

April 5

Resistance – injuries: Bethlehem – 12:00, two children and two international peace activists were injured when Israeli Occupation forces attacked an international anti-annexation Wall protest march in the village of al-Ma’sara.

Israeli attack – injury: Hebron – 16:00, Occupation forces injured a child during an incursion into the town of Beit Ummar, provoking armed resistance as they shot their way round the town.

Israeli attack – injuries – economic sabotage: Central Gaza – 15:00, two children were wounded as Occupation tanks shelled and damaged houses in the al-Breij refugee camp. Armed Resistance activists tried to obstruct enemy forces destroying crops and farmland.

April 7

Israeli attack – child death – injuries – destruction: Central Gaza – 14:00, five-year-old Abdallah Ahmad Ibhar died as Israeli tanks shelled his home and other houses in the al-Breij refugee camp. Five refugees were wounded.


April 8

Occupation settler violence – death pastoral sabotage: Nablus – 17:30, Sharif Mohammad Ishtiyeh, a 15-year-old boy shepherding sheep near the village of Abu Salem, was killed instantly when an Israeli from the Occupation settlement of Alon Morieh ran his vehicle over him.

April 9

Israeli attack – injuries: Hebron – 13:10, a child and four adults were wounded during an incursion by Occupation troops into the Al Arrub refugee camp.

Occupation settler violence – beating – child injured & hospitalised: Hebron – 17:30, ten-year-old Ahmad Muhammad Rasheed was admitted to hospital following a savage beating by an Israeli from the settlement of Sosia.

April 10

Palestinian attack – Israeli reprisals deaths & injuries: Gaza – 13:30, an Israeli military post came under fire near the al-Shija’iya–Nahal Oz Crossing on the Green Line. Israeli tanks shelled Palestinian houses in reply, killing two Resistance fighters and two other people. Nine civilians were wounded, four of them children. The shelling inflicted extensive damage on Palestinian homes.

Israeli attack – deaths: Gaza – 15-year-old Ahmad al-Gahrabli was among five people killed in an Israeli assault on the city district of al-Shuija’iya. The four other residents who died are Atef al-Gharabli, Mazen Abu al-Qamiz, Hassan Samir Awad and Mohammad Ali Abu Jubbah.

Israeli attack – child & adult injuries – home invasion: Hebron – 16:30, three children and an adult were injured by invading Israeli soldiers during an incursion into the town of Tafouh. Enemy forces searched a house, a shop and a printer's shop. The Israelis destroyed the entrance to the printer's establishment.

April 12

Killing: Hebron – 13:00, a child, Fares Issa Ahmad al-Najjar from the town of Yatta was killed by an explosive device left by the Israeli Army alongside the Green Line yo the south of the town of Yatta.

Israeli attack – child & adult deaths – agicultural & infrastructure sabotage – home invasions: Central Gaza – the Israeli Army, continued its assault on the al-Breij refugee camp, opening fire again on Palestinian farmland and houses and occupying the homes of refugees. An Israeli air launched missile strike killed two children, 12-year-old Riyad Sharif al-Eweisi and 13-year-old Youssef Ibrahim Sarhan, and two resistance fighters. Twenty-nine people were wounded in the air strike. Before withdrawing the Israelis sabotaged the electricity and water networks and bulldozed crops. The five others killed in the Israeli violence are: Shihab Mohammad Ahmad Abu Zbeid, Youssef al-Maghari, Abdel Razaq Atiyyeh Nofal, Jihad Mohammad Salem Abu Zbeid and Munther Abu Hweishel.

April 17

Israeli attack – deaths – injuries: Central Gaza – the Israeli Army continued attacking the Johr al-Dik district of the al-Breij refugee camp, opening intensive fire on the houses and exchanging fire with resiatance fighters. Helicopter gunships fired four missiles into a crowd near the al- Salam mosque killing 11 people including three children and a photographer working for Reuters. Twenty-five people, including two children and two journalists were injured in the Israeli missiles strikes. The 11 people who died are: 12-year-old Hussam Abu Iteiwi, 13-year-old Talha Abu Ali, 14-year-old Ahmad Aref Farajallah, Journalist Fadl Shana’a, Ismail Daghmash, Sufyan Ahmad Mohammad, Abdallah Maher Abu Khalil, Islam Hasam al-Iseiwi, Mohammad Mohammad al-Assar, Tareq Abu Taqiyyeh and Bayan Samir al-Khalidi.

April 19

Resistance – child injury – injuries: Bethlehem – 11:00, nine-year-old Qatibah Abu Shaqra was among nine people injured at an anti-annexation Wall peace march that was attacked by the Israeli Army in the village of al-Ma’sara.


April 20

Air strike – death – child & adult injuries: Rafah – 15:15, freedom fighter, Mu’in Muhammad Hamdouna was killed in an Israeli missile strike on his vehicle in the district of As Salam. Twelve-year-old Shadia Attia Hassan and three other bystanders were critically wounded.

Deaths: Central Gaza – two youngsters, 13-year-old Ahmad Abdulmajid An Najjar and 16-year-old Bilal Sa’d Ali Ad Duhaimi died from critical injuries sustained during an Israeli Army assault on the area of Juhor Ad Dik on April 16, 2008.

April 23

Israeli attack – child & adult injuries: Bethlehem – 21:00, four children and an adult in the Dheisheh refugee camp were injured during an incursion by Occupation troops.

Occupation settler violence: Hebron – 18:00, six-year-old Ahmad Ra’fat al-Titi was admitted to hospital after an Occupation settler ran him over outside the al-Arroub refugee camp on the Bethlehem – Hebron road.

April 25

Beating: Salfit – 10:15, Israeli troops beat up a schoolchild during an incursion into the village of Marda.

April 26

Air strike – death & injuries – destruction & agricultural sabotage : Northern Gaza – 01:30, during a six-hour night of terror, 14-year-old Maryam Tal’at Marouf was killed and her mother, Samya Marouf, critically injured in an airstrike in support of Israeli troops laying waste to Palestinian crops and farmland in the area of al-Shayma to the north of Beit Lahia. Occupation tanks shelled Palestinian homes and troops opened fire on houses as they occupied some as sniper posts and invaded and ransacked others. A child was wounded and another woman, Saleh Marouf, was wounded critically in the air strike. Altogether there were eight casualties besides the dead girl. Much damage was done to people's homes.

April 27

Israeli attack – injuries – beatings: Salfit – 22:30, 14-year-old Omar Nasrallah Anees was wounded when the Israeli Army opened fire towards Palestinian labourers on their way to work inside the Green Line. Two other people were beaten up by Occupation troops.

April 28

Israeli attack – child deaths – destruction – resistance: Northern Gaza – 05:30, Israel's Army of Occupation killed five children and two adults, one of whom was a Resistance fighter, in murderous and destructive assaults on the towns of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia. Occupation forces hit the electricity network, blacking out the areas while their tanks shelled Palestinian homes and troops shot their way with intensive fire into the towns. The children who were killed are a toddler, Musaab Ahmad Abu Mutaq, his three-year-old sister Hana, his four-year-old brother Saleh and his six-year-old sister Rudainah. Also killed are the children's mother and a 17-year-old, Ayoub Atallah. All the deaths occurred in Beit Hanoun. Ten people were wounded.