Posts Tagged ‘Israeli Defense Forces’


17 May, 2011

West Bank

Over 200 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces

This week, Israeli forces injured 204 Palestinians, including at least 60 children, the majority of them in demonstrations commemorating the 63rd anniversary of what Palestinians refer to as the 1948 Nakba (the catastrophe). Four members of Israeli forces were also injured during the week. Thus far in 2011, 666 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, compared to 628 in the equivalent period of 2010. (more…)

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By: Jon Donnison

March 24, 2011

In a smoke-filled and cardamom coffee-infused cafe in Gaza City all the talk is of this week’s violence.

“Why is Palestinian blood cheaper than Israeli blood?” asks Wael Abu Awema, a 40-year-old father of five.

There have been Israeli attacks on Gaza every day this week. At least 10 Palestinians have been killed, including at least four civilians, two of them children. More than 30 Palestinians have been injured. (more…)

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By Al Jazeera

At least 11 people have been injured in an Israeli air strike at an airport in southern Gaza, Palestinian medical officials and witnesses said.

The strike targeted Gaza’s defunct international airport, located near the town of Rafah, late on Friday, witnesses said. (more…)

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GAZA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) — Seventeen Palestinians were wounded Saturday when Israeli forces opened fire at mourners in northeastern Gaza City, medical sources said.

The sources said the Israeli forces, on the security fence between Gaza and Israel, targeted hundreds of mourners who were heading to a cemetery near the fence to bury three Islamic Jihad fighters killed in an earlier Israeli raid.


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Follow International Law to Avoid Past Failings

(Jerusalem, August 2, 2009) – The Israel Defense Forces have reportedly decided to improve the warnings given to civilians before attacks, but still need to ensure that the warnings are effective and do not allow attacks otherwise prohibited under international law, Human Rights Watch said today.

In a letter to the Israeli military’s Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Human Rights Watch welcomed the reported announcement that the military will issue new procedures to improve its early warnings to civilians during armed conflict, saying that improved procedures could save lives but reiterating concerns over past practice. (more…)

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JERUSALEM, July 29 (Xinhua) — Israeli defense establishment has decided to give more accurate details in warnings issued to Palestinians before air strikes in order to help residents of the to-be-hit area to flee, local news service Ynet reported Wednesday.

In hearings held recently on Operation Cast Lead by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) earlier this year in Gaza, military sources, including representatives from the military prosecution’s international law department, agreed that more specific information, such as more accurate timetables for strikes to be carried out and escape routes, should be given, the report said. (more…)

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By Human Rights Watch

The Israeli military’s findings about the conduct of its forces in Gaza, announced on April 22, lack credibility and confirm the need for an impartial international inquiry into alleged violations by both Israel and Hamas, Human Rights Watch said today. Israel and Hamas should cooperate with Justice Richard Goldstone, the eminent international jurist appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate serious laws-of-war violations during the recent conflict.

“The investigative results make clear that the Israeli military will not objectively monitor itself,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The conclusions are an apparent attempt to mask violations of the laws of war by Israeli forces in Gaza. Only an impartial inquiry will provide a measure of redress for the civilians who were killed unlawfully. ”


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