Early Thursday morning, dozens of tanks and armored vehicles rolled
into Gaza south of Sufa Crossing, killing one man and damaging a number
of homes, eyewitnesses reported.
Iyad Abu Mour, 28, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds from Israeli gunfire, and was dead before he reached the hospital. He was not identified as a resistance fighter, but rather as a civilian, and no resistance was reported to the Israeli invasion, local sources reported.
The death of Abu Mour adds to the over 250 Palestinians, including 55 children, who have been killed since June in an ongoing military offensive in Gaza called 'Operation Summer Rain'. The families of those killed have no way of seeking justice or compensation for the murders of their loved ones, as Palestinians have no rights in Israeli courts.
Israeli forces remain in the area, having occupied at least five Palestinian homes that they are now using as military bases from which to monitor Palestinian activities on the ground, and fire at will at Palestinians and their homes. Snipers are present on each of the occupied rooftops, and the families whose homes are being occupied by the military have each been forced into one room of their home under gunpoint. Israeli forces frequently occupy Palestinian homes during their invasions of Palestinian areas, and turn them into military bases either temporarily or permanently. The families whose homes are occupied have no legal recourse to take against the Israeli army, as Palestinians have no rights in Israeli courts.