At least 59 Palestinians still missing since Gaza war
Published Thursday 23/07/2009 (updated) 26/07/2009 18:07
Medics remove a corpse from the rubble [Ma'anImages]
Gaza – Ma'an Exclusive – No one knows for sure, but Gaza's Health Ministry estimates that 90 Palestinians killed during Israel's assault last winter are still buried under rubble there.
Ma'an obtained a list of the 90, and carried out an investigation into their whereabouts. It was discovered that 31 of the bodies had been found, including that of a five-month-old.
The first missing Palestinian to be identified was Abdallah Na'eem, in his 20s, while many others like Na'eem have remained under the rubble since the assault ended six months earlier.
The United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) officially began implementing its rubble removal operation on 9 July. About 420 tons of debris will be cleared at a cost of 12 million dollars, funded by Canada.
Gaza Ministry of Public Works vehicles have been used, but Israel's and Egypt's refusal to allow reconstruction materials into the area has forced many residents to dig, hoping to find lost loved ones on their own.
Ibrahim Radwan, undersecretary at the ministry, said that "the delay in finding the missing is due to a lack of necessary funds, estimated by the ministry at 16 million US dollars." He also cited a lack of machines.
The rubble left behind by the assault is estimated at 1.5 million tons, 40 percent of which is in the north of Gaza while 30 percent is in Gaza City, according to Radwan. The rest is distributed in the center and south.
At least 1,505 victims had been identified before Ma'an's investigation. From the Health Ministry's original list of 90 missing Palestinians, researchers determined that 31 of them have been found, identified and reburied.
The 59 Palestinians still thought to be missing are listed below, in order of age, along with the cities or areas in Gaza where they were last seen alive.
1. In'am Ra'fat Al-Masri, 12, Ash-Shati Refugee Camp
2. Abed Ar-Rahman Ahmad Al-A'tawnah, 15, Al-Faloja
3. Jihan Sami Al-Helu, 17, Al-Karama Tower
4. Ahmad Yousef Ibrahim Al-Batsh, 18, At-Tuffah
5. Sabrin Mohammed Abu Samaha, 18, Beit Lahiya
6. Jebreel A'teiyah Mansour (Abu Al-Hasna), 18, Ezbat Abed Rabu
7. Husein Sa'eed Abdallah An-Nuthur, 20, Ezbat Abed Rabu
8. Ibrahim Fayez Juneid, 21, Ezbat Abed Rabu
9. Ismail Abed Ar-Rahman Suleiman, 21, Ezbat Abed Rabu
10. Eyad Hasen I'beid, 21, Ezbat Abed Rabu
11. Eyad Kahmees Al-Bana, 21, Ezbat Abed Rabu
12. Abdallah Malek Al-Haj Ali, 21, Ezbat Abed Rabu
13. Mohammed Nahed Mohammed Abed Rabu, 21, Ezbat Abed Rabu
14. Mahmoud Kahder Baher, 21, Al-Karama Tower
15. Yousef Anwar Deka, 21, Ezbat Abed Rabu
16. Bassam Azmi Al-Khattab, 22, At-Tuffah
17. Jabber Mohammed Ad-Dawawsah, 22, Beit Lahiya
18. Khaled Hafeth Al-Batsh, 22, Al-Karama
19. Mu'men Mousa Al-Khazendar, 22, Al-Burj Street
20. Nour Mohammed Shahata, 22, Az-Zaitoun
21. Mohammed Abed Al-Hadi Taher, 23, Jabaliya
22. Mahmoud Husein Mater, 23, Al-Tatarah
23. Mansour Mahmoud Madi, 23, Gaza City
24. Ahmad Majed Al-A'tar, 24, Beit Lahiya
25. Bassam Azmi Al-Hattab, 24, At-Tuffah
26. Mohammed Bashir Khader, 24, Ezbat Abed Rabu
27. Khaled Hafeth At-Turk, 25, Al-Karama
28. Issa Ahmad Al-At'ut, 25, Ezbat Abed Rabu
29. Mohammed Ahmad Mohammed Ad-Da'ur, 27, Beit Lahiya
30. Yaser U'kasha, 27, Egypt
31. Ibrahim Ahmad A'lwan, 28, Ezbat Abed Rabu
32. Fayez Ahmad Abu Warda, 29, Ezbat Abed Rabu
33. Eid Harb Sukar, 30, Ash-Shuja'iyeh
34. Mohammed Abdallh E'beid, 30, Ezbat Abed Rabu
35. Mamoud Na'eem Ar-Rifi, 30, Az-Zaitoun
36. Hesham Ahmad Al-Khatib, 30, Ash-Shuja'iyeh
37. Wae' Kahlil Al-A'ttar, 30, Beit Lahiya
38. Mohammed Farid Abdallah, 31, Ezbat Abed Rabu
39. Intesar Mezyed Al-Masri, 35, Beit Hanoun
40. Safya Salem Heider, 35, Al-A'tatarah
41. Majedah Abed Al-Karim Abu Hajaj, 35, Juhor Ad-Dik
42. Mohammed Amin Haji, 39, Beit Lahiya
43. Intesar Mohammed Al-Masri, 37, Beit Hanoun
44. Mu'een A'ta Husein, 39, Beit Lahiya
45. Akram Kahder Ma'ruf, 44, Beit Lahiya
46. Natheera Abu Al-Kas, 50, Ezbat Abed Rabu
47. Jamil Abed Al-Aziz Ad-Da'ur, 54, Ezbat Abed Rabu
48. Haleema Mohammed Hasen Badwan, 60, Jabaliya
49. Rezeq Salim Abu Al-Kas, 60, Ezbat Abed Rabu
50. Fatema A'wad Ghubun, 60, Al-A'tatrah
51. Mohammed Mohammed Hasan Ma'ruf, 60, Beit Lahiya
52. Raya Salamah Salaman Abu Hajaj, 65, Juhor Ad-Dik
53. Ghaneemah Mas'ud Abu Halima, 65, Beit Lahiya
54. Hakmah Abed Ar-Rahman Al-'Attar, 75, Beit Lahiya
55. Mahdiaeyah Salman Ayyad, 76, Az-Zaitoun
56. Eid Jum'a A'yyad, 80, Az-Zaitoun
57. Mariam Abed Ar-Rahman Abu Thaher, 85, Beit Lahiya
58. Mariam Mutawe' Mutawe', 85, Al-Mughraqa
59. Ahmad Mohammed Abed Rabu Al-Balbisi, 17, Rafah