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Palestine: 41 Palestinian children killed during the aggression on Gaza, 21 houses to be razed & village attacked south of Nablus

41 Palestinian children killed during the aggression on Gaza

GENEVA, GAZA, (PIC)– A European human rights organization issued a detailed report about the child victims from Gaza, killed by the Israeli forces during the recent aggression on the Gaza Strip.

The report issued by the Euro-Mediterranean Observatory of Human Rights today, pointed out that the Israeli forces killed 41 Palestinian children, including seven infants and 21 under the age of ten, during the military operation which was launched on 14 November following the assassination of a military commander in the armed wing of Hamas.

It added that the figures and indicators collected by the observatory, in terms of the number of victims and the raids on the Strip, show that this aggression has been the largest since the end of the 2008 war, and noted that the vast majority of victims were civilians.

The report presents the facts in seventy pages that include live testimonies of the eyewitnesses, the families of the victims and the medical crews collected by the Observatory delegates.

The Euro-Mediterranean Observatory considered targeting children by warplanes as the biggest crime against humanity, noting that the Israeli forces had been repeatedly targeting the children during the recent military operation on the Gaza Strip, which had lasted eight days.

It also noted that, through the observations and the testimonies of the victims’ families, it is seeking to form a database on the occupation violations of international law in the Gaza Strip, during the period between the 14th and 21st of November 2012, and to prosecute the Israeli leaders involved in these flagrant violations of child rights in the Palestinian occupied territories.

The Observatory’s report called on the competent committees of the UN Human Rights Council to launch an immediate investigation into the deliberate targeting of Palestinian civilians.

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IOA planning to raze 21 houses in Yatma village

NABLUS, (PIC)– Inhabitants of the Yatma village, Nablus province, have appealed to the Palestinian Authority to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) not to raze 21 of their houses.

They also appealed to local and international human rights groups to intervene and prevent the IOA plan of razing those houses that would render 150 to 200 Palestinian citizens homeless.

The Israeli court of appeals had turned down the mass appeal tabled by those inhabitants and told them they should present individual appeals by Thursday maximum.

Mayor of the village Abdulmunem Jibril said that the court verdict was issued last Wednesday but the inhabitants were informed only on Monday.

He pointed out that the threatened houses were old and were rented dozens of year ago and most of their inhabitants are women and children.

Jibril expressed surprise at the demolition order as no Jewish settlements were in their proximity, charging that the verdict was political and aimed at pleasing the settlers before the general elections.

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Dozens suffer suffocation in IOF gas attack south of Nablus

NABLUS, (PIC)– Dozens of Palestinian citizens were treated for suffocation after the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) used teargas canisters against them in Qasra village, south of Nablus, afternoon Wednesday.

The chairman of the village’s municipal council said that a number of Jewish settlers stormed the southern area of the village and went on the rampage in its agricultural land.

He said that inhabitants rushed to rescue the farms and confront the settlers at which time IOF soldiers burst into the village mounting armored vehicles and fired teargas at the villagers to disperse them.

He said that smoke covered the facades of nearby houses and many civilians were treated for shock and gas inhalation.

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