By: Larry Lopez
TABUK CITY, Kalinga, July 28 (PIA) - -The National Food Authority (NFA) provincial office has stocked sufficient rice in time for the lean and typhoon months this year.
Provincial Manager Antonio Macato reported that NFA-Kalinga has more than 19,000 bags buffer supply for its mandate to provide ready and cheap rice that includes other social commitments for disaster relief. According to Macato, NFA-Kalinga maintains about 80 “bigasan ng bayan” outlets in the different municipalities.
“Bigasan ng bayan” outlets are operated by accredited small private rice retailers established in strategic barangays throughout the province to assure access of quality cheap rice to low-income families.
Macato explained under the provincial office’s rice allocation program, not more than 6,000 bags of rice are distributed monthly to all the outlets at a weekly allocation of eight bags per outlet. To regulate its distribution, NFA releases only what has been sold during the week to sustain the eight-bag standard rice allocation per outlet.
NFA retailers sell rice at P28-32/kg but retailers in far barangays are allowed to charge add-on cost at a rate approved by the barangay or municipality, to defray transportation expense.
For its disaster allocation, Macato reported there is ready supply that could be withdrawn through the local social welfare and development institution any time during typhoons. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR,Kalinga)
occupied Palestinian territory: Wisam Shuheibar relates how a missile killed his 8-year-old daughter and her cousins, 7 and 10, while they were feeding pigeons on the roof
My wife and I have four children. We live in the same building as my brother Tareq, my father and my sisters. My brothers Yasser, 'Issam and Muhammad live nearby.
On Thursday, 17 July 2014, just after 5:00 P.M., I was at home. My wife was preparing food for the meal that breaks Ramadan fasting for the day. The rest of the family was at home. We were all waiting to hear the Muazzin call out for evening prayers, marking the end of the fast. My little ones went outside to play with my brothers' young kids. We didn't see any reason to keep them home, because things were quiet and there are no fields or farmland nearby that the army might bomb. I was sitting reading the Quran when suddenly I heard a loud explosion. At first, I thought it was in the street or in a neighboring house. But I quickly realized it actually came from the roof of my house. I couldn't believe my house had been bombed. I ran up the stairs to the roof. Everything was full of dust and smoke. When they settled, I saw a terrible sight: a pile of five children lying one on top of the other. They were my children 'Udai, 15, and Afnan, 8, and my nephews Wasim, 7, and Bassel and Jihad, 10.
I was stunned. I picked Afnan up. The rest of the family had already come up to the roof. They were shouting and hysterical. My brothers and I picked the children up and ran down to the street with them. We waited until ambulances came and took them to a-Shifaa hospital. On the way to the hospital, Afnan passed away in my arms. I fainted. When I came to, we were at the hospital. They told me 'Udai's intestines were badly injured and that he had several fractures in his leg. Later, they told me that two of my brother 'Issam's kids were dead too – Wasim, 7, and Jihad, 10. Bassel, my brother Yasser's son, was very badly injured. He has fractures in his skull and arm. He was in a very serious condition. At first we thought he'd been killed, too.
When my son 'Udai came around, he told us that he, Afnan and their three cousins had gone up to the roof not long before the bombing, to feed the pigeons that he keeps in a coop there. They wanted to pass the time until the evening meal.
Based on the damage to the roof, we think it was a small missile fired by an unmanned aerial vehicle. Thank God, at least, that it wasn't an F-16 missile, because a lot more people would have been hurt.
Wisam Marzuq Muhammad Shuheibar, 41, a married father of four, lives in the a-Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City. He gave his testimony by phone to Musa Abu Hashhash, B'Tselem field researcher in Hebron, on 21 July 2014.
occupied Palestinian territory: Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the deterioration of the recent situation in the Gaza Strip and Japan’s assistance
The Government of Japan deeply deplores the incident where, on 24 July, a large number of casualties including many children were caused in a United Nations-run school used as a shelter for the residents in the Gaza Strip. Such an incident must not be repeated. Japan once again urges all the parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint.
In response to the deterioration of the situation including the above, Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of a total of 5.5 million US dollars as assistance to the Palestinians affected by the confrontation between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip. Japan's assistance will include distribution of food and medicines and technical assistance in water and sanitation fields and will be implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
Japan once again urges all the parties concerned to refrain from usage of excessive force and to make a truce as soon as possible in order to prevent harrowing casualties of innocent civilians. Japan continues to make efforts to achieve a ceasefire in coordination with the international community.
occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian boys during West Bank protests
Ramallah, July 27, 2014—Israeli forces shot dead a 17-year-old boy on Thursday and a 14-year-old boy on Friday, as thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank marched in solidarity with Gaza.
Clashes took place at Qalandia checkpoint when thousands of Palestinians marching from Ramallah toward Jerusalem were halted by the Israeli separation barrier. Mohammad Ziad al-Araj and other Palestinians were met with lethal force by the Israeli military, which used teargas canisters, rubber-coated metal bullets and live ammunition to disperse the crowd. Mohammad was shot in the head with a live bullet, which entered near his left eye, killing him instantly, DCI-Palestine sources said. It was his 17th birthday.
Over 200 others were injured at the march, which has been called the ‘largest West Bank demonstration in decades.’ Ten of those were in a critical condition at the time of writing.
Late on Friday, Israeli forces shot Nasri Mahmoud Taqatqa, 14, with a live round at the outset of a demonstration in the West Bank town of Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem, a witness told DCI-Palestine. He died shortly after from his wounds. DCI-Palestine is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCI-Palestine, said: “The Israeli military’s own regulations dictate that live ammunition must only be used in circumstances of real mortal danger, but the regulations are not enforced, so soldiers are able to fire at civilians without fear of repercussions.”
Additional fatalities and injuries have occurred since Thursday, as people across the West Bank marched to show their solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where at least 676 civilians have died in the past three weeks. DCI-Palestine has confirmed 136 child deaths in Gaza, with an additional 64 cases under investigation, since Israel launched its military offensive.
Large protests occurred in Huwwara, Beit Ummar, Hebron, Halhul, Bilin, Ramallah, Tuqu, and al-Aroub. In East Jerusalem, Palestinians under the age of 50 were forbidden from entering the Al-Aqsa compound, resulting in clashes that led to at least 40 Palestinians sustaining injuries.
DCI-Palestine mourned the loss of a staff member on Friday after Israeli forces killed Hashem Khader Abu Maria while he marched with demonstrators in Beit Ummar.
Palestinian children and civilians across the Occupied Palestinian Territory are frequently injured by the Israeli military's use of excessive force including both crowd control weapons and live ammunition. At least six Palestinian children in the West Bank died from live rounds fired by Israeli forces this year. None of the soldiers involved has been held to account.
This update is produced by National Humanitarian Network which aims to provide a brief overview of IDPs situation on daily basis. The information below is provided by NHN KP/FATA chapter in coordination with partner organizations from KP/FATA.
In June 2014, retail prices of most food commodities monitored in 12 markets across Nepal showed an upward trend due to the lean season of most crops and the onset of the monsoon period.
Overall inflation rate in June 2014 was 9.5 percent. The food and beverage group was higher at 12.2 percent, as were several sub-groups: vegetables (27.5 percent), meat and fish (16.1 percent), fruits (14.0 percent), and milk and dairy products (11.2 percent).
occupied Palestinian territory: Three medical patients manage to cross at Erez, while Kerem Shalom closes early
July 27, 2014. Erez Crossing operated today for the exit of three medical patients from Gaza, as well as for the entrance and exit of foreign citizens, mainly journalists. Yesterday, the crossing was open exceptionally at 11am for transit of a small number of pre-approved cases.
Kerem Shalom Crossing operated today from 9am – 2:30pm, though it was supposed to be open until 5pm. As a result, not all the goods that were expected to enter did. About 70 truckloads of goods crossed, in addition to 330,000 liters of industrial diesel for the power plant, 160,000 liters of diesel for the private sector, 120 tons of cooking gas and 143,000 liters of gasoline.
The crossing operated on Friday for the entrance of fuel only: 250,000 liters of industrial diesel, 250,000 liters of diesel for the private sector, and 84 tons of cooking gas.
Kerem Shalom is expected to be closed tomorrow for the Muslim holiday, Eid al Fitr and to re-open on Tuesday.
Rafah Crossing opened today and yesterday for casualties of the military operation and holders of foreign passports and residency status. On Friday, Egypt also allowed 16 truckloads of medicine and medical equipment into Gaza.
Since July 8 and until last Thursday (July 24) Kerem Shalom operated on 13 days of 16 days in a restricted format for the entrance of food, fuel and medicine. During this time, 1,311 truckloads of goods entered Gaza, including 273 truckloads of fuel.
Syrian Arab Republic: WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 09 - 22 July 2014
Food assistance reaches Damascus suburb of Moadamiyeh
12-truck WFP convoy departs for Deir-ez-Zor city
Nutrition programme for displaced women launched in Homs and Lattakia
Ramadan distributions in Jordan conclude ahead of Eid
WFP monitoring shows most refugees in camps in Turkey to be food secure
In Egypt, Carrefour provides 3 percent discount on purchases with WFP e-card
1. Situation Overview
- An earthquake of tectonic origin with 5.4 magnitude (Ms) occurred in region VIII at about 7.57am
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MANILA, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - Sixteen people, including children, were killed when Islamic militants opened fire on two vehicles in a remote southern Philippine town on Monday, the military said.
Abu Sayyaf gunmen opened fire on the vehicles in Talipao town before dawn in what appeared to be an ambush related to a clan feud, said local marine commander Brigadier-General Martin Pinto.
"There were civilians as well as children among the 16 dead," he told reporters, without giving more details immediately about those who died.
A number of policemen were riding aboard the two vehicles, he added, although he did not say if they were among the dead.
The Abu Sayyaf was founded in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, and is blamed for the worst terrorist attacks in the Philippines' recent history.
These include the 2004 bombing of a ferry that left more than 100 dead, abductions of foreign missionaries and tourists, and beheadings mostly of local people.
The Abu Sayyaf is believed to be holding several hostages, including foreigners, in the jungles of Jolo, one of its remote strongholds in the south of the Philippines with mostly Muslim populations.
Pinto said the attack in Talipao appeared to be an offshoot of a local feud between two Muslim clans, one of them related to Abu Sayyaf members.
The blood feuds, usually involving land disputes or previous unresolved murders, at times last decades.
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July 27, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s River Nile and Sennar states have asked the federal government for assistance to overcome the serious damage caused by heavy rains.
The governor of the River Nile state, al-Hadi Abdallah, announced mobilisation of government units and residents to ward off effects of the floods which led to the complete or partial destruction of 900 houses.
He said that a high committee headed by his deputy, Ali Ahmed Hamed, has been set up to assess the damage besides forming popular committees to provide help and support for the affected population.
The governor appealed to government units concerned with humanitarian and voluntary work beside the federal emergency committee to provide the needed assistance to shelter the affected.
One person was killed and 12 others injured and dozens of homes were destroyed in the River Nile state due to heavy rains and floods.
Floods also led to isolating more than 60 villages in Sidoon area on Atbara River and cut off the road linking these villages and the city of Atbara in the River Nile state.
The Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) disclosed that 1,000 people have been completely affected by the heavy rains while 1027 others were partially affected in Sinnar state.
HAC’s head of food security and emergency director, Mutasim Abu al-Gasim said that Sinnar state need 1000 water , various types of drugs, 100 tent, 2000 Mosquito nets, and 2000 blankets, stressing there were no losses in government units, hospitals, harvest, and lives.
Meanwhile, the commissioner of Al-Gouz locality in South Kordofan state, Abu Bakr Khalifa, said the heavy rains on Saturday had cut off the road linking North Kordofan state capital, El-Obeid to South Kordofan state capital Kadugli besides the bridge over the railway in Al-Hamadi area in the locality of Al-Gouz, pointing there were no casualties.
Khalifa told the official news agency SUNA that efforts are underway to rebuild the road, noting they are looking for temporary roads until the road is fixed.
The commissioner of Abu-Hamad locality in the Northern state, Tarig Farah, has warned against cutting off the highway linking Al-Shiraik area and Abu-Hamad, saying the finance ministry did not provide the necessary fund to rebuild the road.
He disclosed the road was cut off in three areas since last falls, including Khor Amor, kilo 110 and the area which is located 25km north of Abu-Hamad.
The government-sponsored Sudan Media Center (SMC) said on Sunday that buses and private vehicles might not be able to use the side roads because they lie on lowlands that are threatened to be immersed by rain and flood waters.
Heavy floods on Friday had cut off the highway linking Khartoum to Port Sudan and disrupted travel to and from the capital.
Sudan’s General Authority for Meteorology (GAM) advised residents to get cautious and evacuate lowland areas and floodplains besides avoiding night travel.
It said rain is expected to fall across the country, predicting Khartoum would witness medium and light rain besides cloudy weather during this week.
GAM’s weather forecast expert, Mohamed Shareef Mohamed Zain, said the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) would pass north of the city of Dongola in the Northern state and progresses northward which indicates rainfall in all Sudanese states.
He advised citizens to travel during the day in order to avoid night rainfall which could cause accidents in highways.
Zain said that temperatures in Khartoum state will continue to fall, saying the lower will be between 22 to 25°C and the higher between 35 to 37°C.
Meanwhile, the Sudanese Company for Electricity Distribution (SCED) called for making the necessary precautions to avoid electrocution caused by rain.
The SCED acknowledged that 33 people were killed by electrocution during the 2013 fall season.
Heavy floods have been common in the past few years in Sudan’s east along the Blue Nile but happen more rarely in the capital and the north where much of Sudan’s population live.
Floods and rains that hit different areas in Sudan last year lead to the death of at least 38 people and injured dozens.
Rains which fell during the past 72 hours have turned Khartoum into a pond of water amid widespread anger over what is perceived as an inadequate government response.
DARFUR (27 Jul .) - Militiamen abducted a resident of El Salam camp for the displaced in South Darfur, and stole six cows on Friday. In El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur State, gunmen attacked the vehicle of the State Minister of Finance and killed the driver. In North Darfur, a lorry was plundered.
Sheikh Mahjoub Tabaldiya reported to Radio Dabanga from El Salam camp that “government-backed militiamen in a vehicle, and others on camelback, stormed the camp on Friday evening. They seized Musa Hamad, and six cows belonging to Osman El Jazari, and fled.
On Saturday, militiamen assaulted five residents of El Salam camp in the area of Amar Jedid, 15km south of the camp. They severely beat the displaced with rifle butts and whips, leading to varying injuries.
In El Geneina, gunmen killed the driver of the vehicle belonging to the State’s Minister of Finance, Mohamed Osman Tala’at, and plundered the vehicle, a witness told Radio Dabanga on Saturday afternoon. “Three Janjaweed intercepted the Finance Minister’s vehicle not far from the government’s offices, at about 5 pm on Saturday. They shot the driver dead, pillaged the vehicle, and fled.
Also on Saturday, 48 100kg sacks of sugar were stolen in Kabkabiya town in North Darfur. A listener in Kabkabiya told Radio Dabanga that a commercial convoy of lorries, guarded by Unamid troops, was on its way from Omdurman to Kabkabiya. In the area of Ed En Nabag, one of the lorries overturned. The convoy continued, and arranged a tow truck to fetch the overturned lorry. When the tow truck was moving the lorry to Kabakabiya, militiamen in six Land Cruisers, and others on six motorcycles followed the vehicles. After the arrival in Kabkabiya town, the militiamen plundered the lorry, “under the eyes of army soldiers and policemen”.
On Sunday, trader Abdallah Ali Ismail, was released by militiamen who had abducted him at the bus station in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, on 20 June. His relatives had paid a ransom of SDG50,000 ($8,710).
NIERTETI (27 Jul .) - Heavy rainfall and the ensuing floods affected different parts in Sudan the past few days. Torrential rains in Nierteti locality, Central Darfur, destroyed more than 800 camp shelters on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A camp leader reported to Radio Dabanga that heavy downpours on Tuesday and Wednesday wiped away more than 800 homes in Khor Ramla camp, and the Nierteti North and South camps. “Hundreds of displaced now are living in the open, after having lost most of their poor possessions.”
He called on relief organisations to provide plastic sheets, tents, and mosquito nets to the affected in the Nierteti camps.
Heavy rains and floods in the River Nile State in northern Sudan on Friday swept away large tracts of cultivated lands. In the east, in Sennar State, the districts of El Gal’a, Banat, and the southern and western districts of Sinja were seriously affected. The rainfall damaged a large number of electricity poles, causing power and water supply outages. The capital Khartoum also witnessed heavy rains, especially in the northern and western parts.
occupied Palestinian territory: Hostilities Resume after Humanitarian Truce; IOF Resume Attacks on Civilians, Al Mezan: Death Toll Reaches 1,032 Palestinians; 77.5% Civilians; 219 Children and 117 Women
12PM Gaza Time
The Israeli occupation force (IOF) military attacks resumed after the 12-hour humanitarian truce ended at 8 pm last night, Saturday, 26 July 2014. Scenes of vast destruction dominated areas across the Gaza Strip. The truce allowed medical and rescue teams to recover dozens of bodies from areas across the Gaza Strip of people who had been killed or had been injured and without evacuation had succumbed to their injuries. On 20 July 2014 many casualties were amassed with many of the injured left to bleed to death as the IOF prevented ambulance access to the area for days. The efforts were endless of rescue crews and medical personnel to secure coordination through the International Committee of the Red Cross to enter the areas. But the Israeli authorities denied the requests. As of 12 pm today, 27 July 2014, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights has verified that 110 dead bodies have been recovered from these areas, raising the total Palestinian death toll to 1,032 since the start of Operation Protective Edge.
With the recovery of 110 bodies in the past two days, Al Mezan can confirm that as of 12pm today, Sunday 27 July 2014, at least 1,032 Palestinians have been killed by the IOF; including 219 children and 117 women. According to Al Mezan's initial investigations 800 (i.e. 77.5%) of the victims are civilian. Many others were people known to be affiliated with Palestinian factions, although they were not taking part in hostilities. At least 481 (46.6%; 156 children and 98 women) were killed inside their homes; and two women with disability were killed in an attack on a rehabilitation center for people with severe and complex impairments. Another 126 people were killed in the vicinity of their houses; including in situations where they were trying to flee from their homes as a result of IOF attacks.
At least 4,382 people have been injured in the same period; of whom at least 1,220 are children and 879 are women. At least, 3,998 houses were destroyed or damaged during this period; of which 500 were destroyed completely as the IOF directly and deliberately attacked 587 of the total number of damaged houses. The numbers of casualties and houses are not final, but only those verified by Al Mezan thus far. They are expected to rise as the verification of cases is on-going. IOF attacks also damaged or destroyed 61 schools, 88 mosques, one ambulance center, 21 NGO offices, 46 fishing boats and 8 hospitals.
The IOF massacre in Shejai'ya on 20 July 2014 was carried out by indiscriminate artillery fire and airstrikes. The attacks were violent and intense, and the worst strikes of those so far that have directly targeted civilians in houses and fleeing. On Saturday 26 July, i.e. six days after these attacks in Shejai’ya, the catastrophe that hit the neighborhood was accessible to residents as well as rescue teams. Al Mezan was able to reach the neighborhood and report on the dozens of people - the vast majority of whom are civilian – being pulled out from under the rubble where they had been decomposing for six days. Al Mezan listed ten of those in yesterday's press release. The following list is of 34 bodies who were found and verified by Al Mezan. All of the following individuals were from Al Shejai'ya. Their bodies were recovered on Saturday, 26 July 2014.
Sami Fathi Al Ar'eer, 50;
Hassan Fathi Al Ar'eer, 30;
Abdel Kareem Fathi Al Ar'eer, 30;
Mohammed Rafeq Al Ar'eer, 30;
Fathi Sami Al Ar'eer, 20;
Fadi Abdel Qader Habeeb, 35;
Abdel Rahman Ziyad Abu Heen, 28;
Mahmoud Ra'ed Al Aish, 23;
Omar Abdel Hakeem Al Sheikh Khalil, 25;
Issam Mohammed Shamali, 28;
Ibrahim Kamal Abu Ajwa, 27;
Adham Majid Dhaher, 18;
Mohammed Mahmoud Hajjaj, 34
Hamid Mohammed Al Sheikh Khalil, 30;
Mohamemd Kamal Abu Al 'Ata, 32;
Mos'ab Salah Abu Al 'Ata, 21;
Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Al 'Ata, 28;
Ismail Ayish Abu Ghaneema, 26;
Ibrahim Ayish Abu Ghaneema, 26;
Hamza Mahmoud Hillis, 25;
Fareed Abdel Qader Habeeb, 30;
Shakir Ahmad Al Jammal, 48;
Ahmad Mousa Ahl, 76;
Abdallah Arafat Al Minyawi, 25;
Jehad Mahmoud Al Helu, 59;
Seham Atta Al Helu, 57;
Mohammed Jehad Al Helu, 29;
Tahrir Jehad Al Helu, 20;
Jajiba Jehad Al Helu, 15;
Ahmed Jehad Al Helu, 29;
Hedaya Talal Al Helu, 25;
Maram Ahmed Al Helu, 2;
Kareem Ahmed Al Helu, 5 months
Karam Ahmed Al Helu, 5 months
Rescue teams were also able to recover bodies in the nearby Al Tuffah and Al Sha'af neighborhoods, including of the following individuals: Mohammed Issam Abu Balta, 28; Khalid Yousef Badwan, 48; and Mohammed Ritad Shabet, 25. Another man, Mohammed Kishku, 22, succumbed to injuries in Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City also on 26 July 2014.
The following incidents and updates have been recorded by Al Mezan as also occurring on Saturday, 26, and on Sunday, 27 July 2014:
At approximately 8:30 am on Saturday, 26 July 2014, rescue crews recovered the bodies of 37 people who had been killed during IOF attacks over the past few days; the bodies include that of one woman and a child. The bodies were found in the Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahiya, and Jabaliya towns in the North Gaza district. The bodies were recovered during the 12-hour humanitarian truce from 8 am to 8 pm on 26 July. They have been identified as:
Monther Nasser, 33;
Tamer Nasser, 24;
Alaa Nasser, 25;
Taher Nasser, 18;
Nemaa Abu Eshma, 63,
Fawzi Abu Eshma, 67;
Duaa Suada, 11;
Mohammed Al Zuwaidy, 30;
; Ehab Nasser, 21;
Sharaf Al Hamdeen, 25;
Alaa Al Yazjy, 21;
Abdul Rahman Sa’dat, 23;
Khaled Odwan, 30;
Isama Al Kafarna, 20;
Momen Okasha, 10;
Iyas Owda, 28;
Nader Qassem, 29;
Nedal Al Zaaneen, 19;
Mohammed Al Masry, 19;
Mohammed Hasna, 53;
Mohammed Abu Jarad, 20;
Nedal Abdullah, 23;
Saed Juneid, 23;
Mahmoud Mansour, 22;
Mosab Ali, 23;
Ismail Khella, 21;
Abdul Jawad Al Houm, 34;
Mohammed Al Hawajry, 28;
Saed Abu Khater, 19;
Salman Sama’na, 24;
Tareq Al Ajramy, 24;
Mohammed Abu Khousa, 22;
Hamza Mady, 22;
Alaa Tanteesh, 19;
Wesam Al Keilan, 26;
Wasseem Al Masry, 22;
Ammar Hamdouna, 22.
At approximately 2:50 pm on Thursday, 24 July 2014, an Israel drone fired one missile at a house belonging to Faisal Al Shishi. His son Rami, 31, was fatally injured in the attack, dying at approximately 10:00 am on Saturday, 26 July 2014.
At around 10:30 am on Saturday, 26 July 2014, Israeli artillery opened (automatic) fire at the civilian, Naeem Abed Al Aziz Abu Zaher, 37, killing him. The attack took place when he was near his house, in the east of Wadi Al Salqa in the middle of the Gaza Strip. In his testimony to Al Mezan, Younis Abu Zaher, 35, said: “when the ceasefire was announced, my uncle, Naeem, left his shelter near Al Mazraa school in Deir Al Balah to return to his home in east Wadi Al Salqa to check on it. But he didn't come back. We were frightened and after we asked around, we heard that his body had been picked up at around 4:55 pm on the same day.
At approximately 11:45 am on Saturday, 26 July 2014, medical sources in Khan Younis pronounced Ali Al Astal, 32, dead. Al Astal succumbed to injuries sustained in an airstrike that struck farmland near his house.
At around 5:00 pm on Saturday, 26 July 2014, medical sources at Shuhadaa Al Aqsa Hospital in the Middle Area, announced the death of Ayman Nour Bareem, 39. He succumbed to his earlier injures sustained when an Israeli drone fired a missile at him at around 6:40 pm on Monday, 21July 2014. He was in Wadi Al Salqa at the time of the attack.
At approximately 3:50 pm on Thursday, 24 July 2014, an Israel warplane fired one missile at a house belonging to the Warash Agha family. Sixteen were injured in the attack, including four women and four children and one person was killed: Mohammed Saeed Baba, 40, succumbed to his injuries at approximately 5:30 pm on Saturday, 26 July 2014.The house was completely destroyed; three adjacent houses were severely damaged, and six others sustained partial damage.
Since 9:30 am on Sunday, 27 July 2014, Israeli artillery fired shells at houses in the north of Gaza after the short humanitarian truce between 8 am and 8 pm. After 8 pm, IOF had declared the intention to extend the truce until Saturday midnight; however, it was broken by IOF artillery shelling in north and east of the town of Beit Hanoun, northern parts of Beit Lahiya, and east Jabaliya.
At around 9:30 am on Sunday, 27 July 2014, Israeli artillery positioned beyond the separation fence, east of the Middle Area in the Gaza Strip, fired several missiles at the north of Al Moghraqa village. One of the missiles struck near a poultry feed truck. Eid Ahmad Al Kharti, 70, and his sonSufyan,40, were killed and 5 other workers were moderately injured.
At approximately 9:30 am on Sunday, 27 July 2014, medical sources pronounced the death of Fady Baraka, 14. He succumbed to injuries sustained in an attack in the east of Khan Younis.
At approximately 9:50 am on Sunday, 27 July 2014, an Israeli drone fired one missile at a group of people who were on farmland belonging to the Abu Bteijan family, in the south of Al Nusseirat refugee camp. Two were killed immediately: Ibrahim Al Drawi, 23, and AlaaMattar, 24. One other was critically injured; Baha' Salah Abu Sa'eed, 26, succumbed to his wounds within three hours from the attack. An older woman, Fatima Abu Njeel, 80, was moderately injured.
At approximately 10:00 am, on Sunday 27 July 2014, Israeli artillery positioned beyond the separation fence, east of the middle of the middle of Gaza district. One child Fadi Al Qreenawi, 11, was killed by the artillery fire. Mad’an Al Qreenawi, 67, was injured in his left hand. Their injuries were described as “moderate”.
At approximately 10:45 am on Sunday, 27 July 2014, Israeli warplanes targeted a motorcycle in Bani Suheila. One person, Issam Abu Sa’ada, 35, was killed.
At approximately 11:00 am on Sunday, 27 July 2014, Israeli warplanes targeted a group of people in Abbassan Al Kabeera in the east of Khan Younis. Hazem Abu Shammala, 33, was killed, and three others were injured.
At approximately 11:00 am on Sunday, 27 July 2014, Israeli occupation forces invading the north of Beit Hanoun opened (automatic) fire at a group of civilians who were on Al Sikka Street, Abdul Hameed Street and Salahud Din Street. The people were on their way home after they heard of the short ceasefire. No injuries were reported.
At approximately 11:10 am on Sunday, 27 July 2014, Israeli warplanes targeted a group of people east of Abassan Al Kabeera in the east of Khan Younis. One person, Khaled Sahmoud, 30, was killed.
Medical staff recovered the bodies of twelve people from areas across Khan Younis. The bodies have been identified as: Suleiman Ad Dardeesy, 27; Ahmad Abu Saada, 24; Mohammed Abu Tu’eima, 35; Raed Abu Tu’eima, 33; Mamdouh Abu Naja, 24; Ayman Al Ghalban, 22; Jihad Abu Amer, 24; Rabah Fayyad, 23; Fadi Al Masry, 23; Iyad Al Sady, 25; Salem Al Hudheidy, 26; and Wasseem Shurrab, 22.
Al Mezan strongly condemns the IOF's serious violations of international law including the extensive, sometimes indiscriminate, armed attacks on civilian targets. Al Mezan expresses outrage by the attacks on houses with families inside and the firing at fleeing civilians. Al Mezan strongly condemns the attacks on civilian objects including hospitals, IDP shelters, electricity facilities, ambulances, and houses.
Al Mezan expresses serious concern by the continued failure of the international community to provide due protection for the civilian population in the Gaza Strip, and its failure to clearly condemn the IOF's flagrant violations of international law. This failure encouraged the continuation of serious violations of international law; the violations are reflected in human lives.
Al Mezan therefore calls on the international community to:
- Condemn with the strongest terms Israel's grave breaches of international humanitarian law (IHL) in the context of Operation Protective Edge;
- Take immediate, effective action to provide due protection of civilians in the Gaza Strip from military attacks and persecution;
- Express unequivocal support and play a positive role in ensuring that credible, independent investigations into the suspected violations of human rights and IHL in the context of the operation
- Protective Edge are carried out so that accountability is ensured for those who committed the violations, and redress is ensured for their victims; and
- Press for an immediate end to Israel's unlawful closure and blockade of the Gaza Strip.