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PCHR condemns Israel's 'extra-judicial execution' attempt in Gaza
Published Sunday 19/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 13:57
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian human rights organization on Sunday condemned what it called an "extra-judicial execution attempt" by Israeli forces on the same day.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said in a statement that an Israeli airstrike that targeted a member of a Palestinian militant group serves "to escalate tension in the region and (threatens) the lives of Palestinian civilians."

The statement said that an Israeli drone strike seriously injured al-Quds Brigades member Ahmad Saad while he was riding his motorcycle in northern Gaza.

"Additionally, a passing child, 11-year-old Salah Fareed al-Ghuf, was injured by shrapnel to the right foot," the statement said.

The strike also damaged a Palestinian family's house and two buses, the PCHR statement said.

It said the attack was the first of its kind in 2014, and the second since April 2013.

"On 30 April 2013, an Israeli drone targeted and killed Hiatham al-Mis’hal, from Gaza City," the PCHR said.

"Since 2004, 636 Palestinians, including 392 civilians (this number includes 184 children and 14 women), have been killed and 438 others, including 401 civilians (this number includes 364 children and 4 women) have been wounded in attacks launched by Israeli drones."

The PCHR was "deeply concerned" about the attacks, saying they reflected "Israel's disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians," and calling upon the international community to pressure Israel to stop them.

The Israeli army said in a statement that Sunday's strikes "successfully targeted a terrorist operative" named Ahmad Saad, who it described as "a senior operative in the 'Palestinian Islamic Jihad'" organization.

The statement added that Saad was a specialist "in rocket launching" and is "personally responsible for the launching of 5 rockets towards Ashkelon" on Thursday.

An Israeli military spokesperson said the attacks came after a homemade shell fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the Western Negev.

The airstrikes come days after four Palestinian children and a woman were injured in an Israeli bombing on Gaza early Thursday, and a day after after Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters near the border, injuring two.

An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement was reached in November 2012 between Palestinian factions and Israel to end over a week of fighting which left over 170 Palestinians dead and thousands injured. Six Israelis were also killed during the fighting.

Since the agreement, Israeli forces have shot dozens of Gazans in border areas, and have launched frequent incursions.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
19/01/2014 19:45
If Hamas or the PA would arrest militants for attacking Israel then the IDF would have nothing to do. Plain and simple.

2 ) Ya'alon / Israel
19/01/2014 22:46
Moshe Ya'alon message to Gaza terrorists: -1- "Don't try us". -2- "The IDF would hit hard and fast against terror targets each time Israel was attacked". -3- “The IDF on Sunday morning targeted a terror cell, that was responsible for firing rockets at Israel last week, when rockets were fired at Ashkelon.” And, -4- "We will not accept the targeting by terrorists of Israel, and we will act to cause damage to anyone that threatens the security of our citizens".

3 ) Jordan / Palestine
20/01/2014 07:03
Why should Palestinians feel any different when they are routinely shot at across the border? Fisherman, farmers, children collecting gravel for sale, etc. are constantly harrassed by Israeli terror. The other day someone was shot in Gaza for planting a tree - it's on video. So if Israel will start arresting their criminals - that would be a good start - but their aggresssion in Gaza and WB (whether soldiers or settlers) is actually state policy - so that won't happen any time soon.

4 ) Bustingears / USA
20/01/2014 08:22
@2 ... The killing of women and children by your occupation force is proof that your entity has no regard for human life and further proof that the Zios are not interested in a peaceful coexistence in this region. The Palestinians are fighting a brutal and illegal occupation and are constantly fending off squatters the reside in illegal settlements. Its called resistance dude.

5 ) Hetty Verlinde / the Netherlands
20/01/2014 10:54
If there was no occupation there would not have been a IOF. There would still be Palestine. Plain and simple.

6 ) @ Bustingears-4 & Hetty-5 / USA too
20/01/2014 23:55
-2- There is NO "killing of women and children", beyond Self-defense !! -5- the IDF existed before the "occupation", because Arabs were as "Blood-Thirst" in 1948, as they are in 2014 Syria, and "Plain & simple, There will be NO Palestine", but - As A Result of the Rocket hitting outskirts of Israel's Eilat resort, and Other Israel Cities & Town (Ashkelon, Sde Boker, etc.), An Increased Gaza Crack-Down Is Needed To Stop Terrorism, And It Will Come From Both The States Of Egypt & Israel.

7 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
31/01/2014 07:05
Hetty Verlinde: There has never, ever been an Arab Nation on the land so quit the fantasy. In 638 Arabs INVADED and CONQUERED the land-a land where Jews collectively enjoyed 1,322 years of sovereign rule- including 500 years before the very first Arab stepped into history IN ARABIA. The ONLY "Occupiers" are Arabs who have 21 nations despite only being indigenous to 2. Arabs raped the land and its holy places and then spit in Jews' faces when they were offered a chance to live as neighbours.
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