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PCHR condemns killing of Gaza human rights worker
Published Monday 11/08/2014 (updated) 13/08/2014 16:14
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Residents walk through the rubble of their destroyed home as a
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neighborhood of Shujaiyya in Gaza City on Aug. 7, 2014
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A rights group Monday condemned an Israeli drone attack on Gaza that killed a Palestinian worker for a human rights organization the day before, a statement said.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said that an Israeli drone attack killed 43-year-old Anwar al-Zaanin, a staff member of al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, at 1:20 p.m. on Sunday in Beit Hanoun.

PCHR said Zaanin was standing near a number of maintenance workers from the Beit Hanoun municipality who were repairing a water network near his house when an Israeli drone fired a missile at them.

"As a result, al-Zaanin was seriously wounded and 2 workers were moderately wounded: Majdi Mousa Shabat, 41; and Sofian Khalil Abu Harbid, 40. They were all evacuated to the hospital, but al-Zaanin succumbed to his wounds," the report said.

"While PCHR expresses deep sadness for al-Zaanin's death and passes condolences to his family and to the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, it strongly condemns this crime which targeted unarmed civilians while carrying out their job."

The rights group said that international silence regarding Israel's "war crimes" encouraged Israeli forces to continue carrying out such actions.

"PCHR calls upon the international community to investigate this and other crimes committed by Israeli forces against unarmed Palestinian civilians in the context of the ongoing offensive on the Gaza Strip, and prosecute the perpetrators."

Israeli attacks killed six Palestinians on Sunday before a 72-hour ceasefire came into effect at midnight.

The Israeli army said in a statement Sunday that it had targeted "11 terror squads across the Gaza Strip" throughout the day.

It said Gaza militants had launched 30 rockets at Israel in the same period.

According to PCHR, the Israeli offensive on Gaza has killed 2,008 Palestinians, 1,670 of whom were civilians.

Some 471 of those killed were children, the organization says.
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1 ) LOL what about HAMAS / MURDERING
11/08/2014 17:10
any protesting citizen hundreds of tunnel diggers (suspect of treason) everyone that oopposes them????? Murder is way of life in ISLAM (ASK ISIS , SYRIA, LYBIA)

2 ) AKeenReader / UK
11/08/2014 17:51
Israeli continue to kill under the banner of "targetting terror suspects". Which probably means that every Palestinian is a terrorist in their eyes. But Israeli's will have to defend this indiscrimate killings at the ICC with proof.

3 ) Paul / Kenya
11/08/2014 18:47
Its all just to terrible, but Hamas targets Israeli civilian populated centres and this too is an appalling war crime. The only reason the Israeli civilian casualties are so low is because Israel has bomb shelters and the iron dome system. However, this does and must not retract from the fact that Gaza is commiting serous war crimes. Make peace already, concessions from both sides.

4 ) Basho / Japan
11/08/2014 19:01
In an interview Fathi Hamad admitted that during Operation Cast Lead 700 Hamas operatives of its military-security apparatus had been killed. The number was significantly higher than the false figure that served as the basis for the Goldstone Reports provided by the human rights organizations in the Gaza Strip. On the other hand, the numbers were consistent with the findings of Israel security sources, which indicated that at least 60% of all those killed during Operation Cast Lead.

5 ) Basho / Japan
11/08/2014 19:08
''Gaza human rights'' worker is just another local job description for a terrorist bomb maker, in the world that is the partially destroyed Gaza Strip.

6 ) spb / us
11/08/2014 20:34
probably he was a Sr. HR activist H stands for hamas
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