Archive for April, 2011

2 paramedics injured in 2 days

April 14, 2011

extracts from PCHR weekly report 7/4 – 13/4/2011:

At approximately 15:00 on Thursday, 07 April 2011, IOF started to bombard several areas throughout the Gaza Strip. The Israeli shelling continued until Saturday morning, 09 April 2011, during which IOF killed 18 Palestinians, including 9 civilians. The civilian victims include a woman and her daughter and two children. IOF also wounded 38 civilians, including 14 children, a woman and two paramedics, and 4 resistance activists.


At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 07 April 2011, IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired at least 10 artillery shells and IOF helicopter gunships opened fire in the vicinity of Gaza International Airport, southeast of Rafah. A number of shells landed near 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, who were in the airport. Two of these civilians were killed and the third one died of his wound later:

1. Mohammed ‘Aayada al-Mahmoum, 25;

2. Khaled Isma’il Hamdan al-Dbari, 17; and

3. Saleh Jermi ‘Atiya al-Tarabin, 38.

When a number of civilians attempted to offer help to the wounded, Mos’ab Mohammed ‘Obaid al-Soufi, 20, was killed and 14 others, including 5 children and a paramedic, were wounded. Later, Faten Subhi al-Liddawi, 44, was wounded when she was near her house in al-Salam neighborhood, as IOF warplanes bombarded tunnels along the Egyptian border.


[Friday, 08 April 2011]

At approximately 19:10 on the same day, IOF positioned at border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired two artillery shells at a gathering of Palestinian civilians near the cemetery of al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. As a result, two civilians, including a child, were killed:

1. Mahmoud Wa’el al-Jaru, 10; and

2. Bilal Mohammed al-‘Ar’ir,. 24.

Another 10 civilians, including 4 children and a paramedic, were wounded.


Health ministry calls for protecting medical crews

April 13, 2011
[ 13/04/2011 – 04:21 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian minister of health in Gaza Dr. Basem Naim has urged the world community to protect ambulance and medical crews in face of repeated Israeli targeting.

He told a joint workshop with the Red Cross on Wednesday that the Palestinian medical crews were frequently targeted by the Israeli army over the past six decades, noting that many of such incidents were documented.

The minister castigated the international community for not curbing the Israeli massacres against the Palestinian people.

IOF hampers fire rescue mission in Jenin

April 10, 2011
[ 10/04/2011 – 09:41 AM ]

JENIN, (PIC)– The Israel occupation forces (IOF) hampered efforts to put out a fire at a commercial center in East Barta’a west of Jenin as losses mounted to more than $1.5m.

A fierce fire broke out at an East Barta’a shopping center that includes 12 stores, but rescue teams were hassled as they tried to cross a military checkpoint situated on the nearby Israeli separation wall, locals reported.

Israeli soldiers hassled the civil defense team fire trucks from Jenin to cross the point for hours despite the enormity of the fire.

The sources said the soldiers tried to deliberately delay the passage of the fire vehicles as the fire worsened and spread across nearby shops as locals were only able to control it after seven hours of burning when the rescue truck entered the town.

Paramedic prisoner receives extension of administrative detention for 13th time

April 9, 2011

Administrative detention of prisoner Dudeen extended for 13th time

[ 09/04/2011 – 02:10 PM ]
Al-KHALIL, (PIC)– Al-Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights said an Israeli court extended the administrative detention of Ayed Dudeen from Dura village in Al-Khalil city, for the 13th consecutive time.
Director of the center Fouad Al-Khafsh said prisoner Dudeen is the oldest administrative detainee in Israeli jails and was kidnapped on October 19, 2007.
Khafsh affirmed that the Israeli higher court in recent times offered the prisoner his freedom in exchange for his exile, but he preferred to stay in prison.
He noted that Dudeen, a father of six kids, was kidnapped five times before during which he spent 13 years behind bars.
Prisoner Dudeen is a paramedic for the Red Crescent society and still acts as a deputy director of the ambulance and emergency service in Al-Khalil city.

Paramedic among those wounded in Gaza

April 8, 2011

extracts from PCHR´s report: “Israeli Forces Escalate Attacks on the Gaza Strip: Ten Civilians, Including a Woman and Her Daughter, Killed Within 48 Hours

In the last 48 hours, Israeli forces have escalated attacks on the Gaza Strip; intensified artillery shelling and aerial bombardment in populated areas has resulted in the apparent targeting of Palestinian civilians. Ten Palestinian civilians, including a woman and her daughter, and another two children were killed. Four Palestinian fighters have also been killed.

According to primary information made available to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 07 April 2011, Israeli forces targeted areas surrounding Gaza International Airport; Israeli forces positioned along the border fired approximately 10 artillery shells, while Apache helicopters opened machine gun fire. The Airport is located in the far southeast of Rafah city, in the southern Gaza Strip. A number of the artillery shells landed near three Palestinian civilians who were sitting near the Airport. Two of them were killed immediately and the third civilian died of his wounds on the evening of the same day. The dead are:

1. Mohammed Eyada Eid al-Mahmoum, 25;

2. Khaled Ismail Hamdan al-Dabari; 17;

3. Saleh Jarmi Ateya al-Tarabin, 38, who died of his wounds in Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis city.

Israeli forces continued to fire as a number of Palestinian civilians attempted to rescue the wounded; Musaab Mohammed Ubeid Sawwaf, 20, was killed and another 14 civilians, including five children and a paramedic from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, were wounded. Medical sources at Martyr Mohammed Yousef al-Najjar in Rafah city described the injuries of a number of the wounded as serious. In the evening of the same day, Faten Subhi al-Ledawi, 44, was wounded in her house in al-Salam neighborhood of Rafah city as Israeli forces continued to target tunnels along the border with Egypt.


Additionally, at approximately 19:10, an arterially shell fell on al-Beltaji Street, opposite to Hettin School in the east of al-Shaja’iyah neighborhood, 200 meters from the border. As a result, two children were killed and 10 more civilians were wounded, including 6 children and a paramedic, Rami Dababesh, who works at Shifa hospital. One of the killed children is identified asMahmoud Wa’el al-Jaro, 10, while the identity of the other is currently uncertain.