The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): Ref: 67/2021: Date: 19 May 2021. Time: 13:15 GMT: 8 Palestinians, Including Woman and Child, Killed and 76 Others, including 9 Women and 11 Children, Injured

 Death Toll Mounts to 221, Including 62 Children and 36 Women, and Total Number of Injuries Rises to 1034, Including 310 Children and 217 Women

 For the 10th consecutive day, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continued their offensive on the Gaza Strip and carried out dozens of intense air, land, and sea strikes, targeting houses and civilian facilities. As a result, the communications network was cut off, and the internet services were affected in the southern Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Telecommunications Company announced that one of the main lines of the fiber-optic internet service connecting the central and southern Gaza Strip’s governorates with Gaza City was targeted today in the dawn, isolating Gaza from the outside world, noting that it was a standby line for the services provided by the Palestine Cellular Communications Company “Jawwal.”

Further to PCHR’s press release published yesterday, 8 Palestinians, including a woman and a child, were killed, and 76 others were wounded, including 9 women and 11 children. The Israeli airstrikes targeted 12 houses and several facilities. Thus, the number of targeted houses has risen to 146, including multi-story buildings.

Moreover, the death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive has risen to 221, including 62 children and 36 women, and the number of those wounded has risen to 1,034, including 310 children and 217 women.

According to the daily update by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the total number of injuries has risen to 1550, including 400 children and 270 women. Among those injuries: 50 were critical and 340 ranged between serious and moderate.

Northern Gaza Strip:

Israeli airstrikes along with artillery and gunboat shelling killed a Palestinian and injured 26 others, including 10 children and 5 women. Also, a person succumbed to wounds he previously sustained. The Israeli airstrikes targeted 4 houses and completely destroyed them. Additionally, other houses and infrastructure sustained damage.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

14:00: Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of persons in al-Karama neighborhood. As a result, one was seriously injured.

16:30: Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at As’ad Deeb Ahmed Tubail’s house in al-Turk area in Jabalia, and completely destroyed it.

18:00: Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Abed al-Razeq al-Kafarna’s house in central Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the house roof and walls sustained material damage.

22:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Anwar Nimer Mousa al-Masri’s house in Beit Hanoun, causing damage to it.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

03:45: Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Ramiz Kamal Ramadan al-Masri’s house in Beit Hanoun, and completely destroyed it. Also, 5 nearby houses sustained severe damage.

05:40: Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at Ramadan ‘Ali al-‘Abed Saleh’s house in Jabalia, and completely destroyed it.

06:00: Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of citizens in eastern Beit Hanoun, wounding 2 of them.

09:00: Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at Isma’il Hekmat Suliman Junaid’s house in Jabalia, and completely destroyed it.

09:45: Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the last floor in al-Andalous Tower comprised of 14 floor, west of Jabalia. As a result, an apartment located in the southeastern side was destroyed.

11:00: medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital declared the death of ‘Alaa Mohammed al-Bahri (20), succumbing to wounds he sustained on 13 May 2021 near Tower No. (19) in al-Nada Towers in ‘Izbet Beit Hanoun.

11:00: Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a group of citizens in Jabalia. As a result, ‘Ammar ‘Abdullah Fawzi al-Deder (31) was killed as he sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body.

Gaza City:

Israeli airstrikes killed 5 Palestinians, including a journalist and a girl who succumbed to her wounds, and wounded 27 others, including 7 children and 3 women. Also, a residential building, a factory and 4 civilian cars were completely destroyed.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

17:00: Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Mohammed Ramadan Omar Ishtawi’s (19) house. As a result, Ishtawi was killed when he was in his family’s agricultural land behind his house in southern Gaza City.

18:30: medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital announced the death of Menna Eyad Fathi Shreer (2), succumbing to wounds she sustained in an Israeli airstrike that destroyed her family’s house on their heads on al-Nafaq Street on 11 May 2021. It should be noted that Menna’s father, mother, and her sister were killed in that airstrike as well.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

00:30: Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Jala Subhi al-Thalathini’s house in southern Gaza City, and completely destroyed it. Al- Thalathini’s 2-storey house (330 sqms) sheltered 4 families, including 3 women and 4 children and housed in the ground floor Bonjour Coffee Factory. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Service called the house’s owner before the airstrike and ordered him to vacate.

03:00: Israeli warplanes fired a missile at the upper floors of Zo’rob building in al-Rimal neighborhood. As a result, Omar Mohammed Ameen al-Mankoush (20) was killed while the building sustained material damage.

04:30: Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at an apartment belonging to Abu Hussain family building near al-Shiekh Redwan intersection. As a result, al-Aqsa Radio announcer namely Yousef Mohammed ‘Abed al-Qader Abu Hussain (33) was killed while the 4th and 5th floors in the targeted building were destroyed.  Also, the Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Yousef Abu Hussein’s car which was parked in front of his house, destroying 3 other civilian vehicles parked in the area.

At dawn, a dead body arrived at al-Shifa Hospital and is still unidentified.

Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes carried out several airstrikes and targeted 2 houses, agricultural and vacant lands, and military sites.  As a result, 4 persons were wounded, a house was completely destroyed and other houses near the targeted places sustained partial damage.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021:

At approximately 00:00, Israeli warplanes targeted a house belonging to Abu Sill family in the al-Bureij camp. As a result, the 4th floor sustained severe damage.

At approximately 20:20, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at an agricultural land, west of al-Nusseirat refugee camp. As a result, 4 persons, from the same family, sustained minor injuries.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021:

At approximately 07:30, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles; one fired by a drone, at Sabri al-Hasanat’s house, west of Deir al-Balah. As a result, the 2-storey house (180 sqms) was completely destroyed.

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes carried out several airstrikes across the City, targeting 8 houses, including 7 that were completely destroyed.  Moreover, 15 Palestinians, including 3 women and 2 children, were wounded.  Moreover, the Israeli artillery and gunboats fired shells in the City.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021:

At 14:35, an Israeli drone fired a missile near a house in Khuza’a, and a child sustained serious wounds.

At 15:15, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Mahmoud Jamal al-Agha’s house, in al-Satar al-Gharbi area, and destroyed the 3rd floor. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called one of the residents and ordered him to vacate.

At 18:05, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Redwan Family in Bani Suheila, and completely destroyed it.

At 19:30, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Mohammed Baker al-Najjar’s house in Qizan al-Najjar area, and completely destroyed it.

At 22:05, Israeli warplanes launched 30 missiles at various areas, including lands and a house in Qizan al-Najjar area. As a result, four were wounded, including a baby, while the lands, streets and infrastructure sustained severe damage. It should be noted that most of citizens in the bombarded areas emphasized that most of the missiles fired by the Israeli warplanes rocked the area with the heavy blasts.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021:

At 0`:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Abdul Sattar Ibrahim al-Najjar’s house in Mawasi Khan Yunis. As a result, the roof of the 3-storey house, sheltering 5 families of 35 members including 16 children, sustained damage.

At 05:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Mahmoud Mustafa al-Astal’s house, in al-Katiba area. As a result, the house was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Service called one of the residents before the airstrike and ordered them to evacuate it.

At 06:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to Tabash family in Abasan al-Kabira. As a result, the house was completely destroyed, and nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Services called one of the residents before the airstrike and ordered them to evacuate it.

At 07:45, an Israeli airstrike caused damage to the water well belonging to al-Qarara Municipality, west of Khan Younis.

At 10:35, Israeli warplanes launched a missile near Abdul Malik Mosque in Khuza’a. As a result, a person sustained moderate injuries.

At 11:04, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Ashraf al-Ja’bari’s house in the Emirati neighborhood. As a result, the house was completely destroyed and nearby houses sustained damage.

Rafah:

Israeli warplanes, artillery and gunboats carried out strikes and targeted 2 residential houses, a charity, a Paint Company’s storehouse, streets and agricultural lands. As a result, 4 citizens were wounded while a woman died of a heart attack due to a nearby airstrike. People are still vacating from the eastern area.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021:

At 13:10, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a restaurant at the seaside and completely destroyed it.

At 13:10, the Israeli artillery launched several shells at Hneif Paint Company’s storehouse in Khirbet al-Adas neighborhood. As a result, fire broke out in the storehouse and its contents.

At 19:35, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Central Rafah Rehabilitation Center. As a result, the center was completely destroyed and 2 citizens were wounded due to the shattering rubble.

At 19:50, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Yaser Mohammed al-Sheikh Eid’s house in al-Tanour neighborhood. After 30 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at the house and destroyed it while nearby houses sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli Intelligence Service called one of the neighbors before the airstrike and ordered him to vacate.

At 22:05, Israeli warplanes launched 15 missiles at streets, agricultural lands and military sites, north, east and west of Rafah, causing fear and panic among citizens in Rafah. As a result, Sa’diya Yousef Hussain Abu Gharara (57) died of a heart attack before arriving at the hospital.

At 23:20, Israeli warplanes launched a missile targeting al-Emam Ali Street. As a result, a passer-by sustained moderate wounds.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021:

At 03:25, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the Social Charity’s building in al-Salam al-Gharbi neighborhood. As a result, the building was completely destroyed and nearby houses and Kuwait Specialist Hospital sustained damage.

At 08:30, an Israeli drone launched a missile at Atallah Abdul ‘All Mohammed Abu al-Sabah’s house in the al-Juneina neighborhood. After 10 minutes, Israeli warplanes launched another missile at the house and completely destroyed it while nearby houses sustained damage.

PCHR emphasizes that IOF’s strikes on residential densely populated areas in disregard for the International humanitarian law’s principles of proportionality and distinction and the use of weapons based on collective retaliation constitute grave breaches of the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 that amount to war crimes.

PCHR calls upon the international community, including the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, to act urgently in order to end all IOF’s military hostilities.

      
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