Friday, July 31, 2015

«رسالة عتاب» للرضيع الفلسطيني علي دوابشة

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اختار الرضيع الفلسطيني علي سعد دوابشة ذو الثمانية عشر شهرا وقتا سيئا ليموت محترقا في بيته بقرية دوما جنوب نابلس اثر هجوم من «الدواعش اليهود» المعروفين ايضا بالمستوطنين. 
بالتأكيد انه توقيت سيئ، كان على لحمه الطري ان يقاوم درجة الحرارة التي وصلت الى سبعمئة درجة مئوية بعد ان القوا قنابل المولوتوف على فراشه وهو نائم. صحيح ان تلك الحرارة كافية لصهر الحديد، ولكن، وبالنظر الى انه ولد فلسطينيا(حتى اذا لم يمهلوه ان يعرف ذلك)، كان عليه ان يقاوم افراد عصابة «تدفيع الثمن» اليهودية الاستيطانية المدعومة من عصابة نتنياهو الحاكمة، والتي تركت توقيعها على الجدران امعانا في الاذلال والاهانة لكل ما هو عربي او اسلامي او انساني على وجه الارض.
لكن ذلك الطفل العنيد المشاغب أبى الا ان يحرج الجميع ، وان يعري ضعفنا وعجزنا وتشرذمنا وتهافتنا وتنازعنا امام اعيننا، فاحترق. 

الم يكن يعرف ان اقصى ما يمكن ان يحصل عليه في هذا التوقيت هو بيانات ادانة انشائية من هنا وهناك؟ الم يخبره احدهم بأن النخبة الفلسطينية، غير الجديرة بشرف الدفاع عن حقوق شعبها او تمثيل طموحاته، قررت قبل ايام فقط ان تدفن مشروع المصالحة الوطنية (الذي كان ولد ميتا او قتله البعض مع سبق الاصرار، لافرق)؟ وان الحطام الذي خلفه الاقتحام الاخير للمسجد الاقصى على ايدي الدواعش اليهود انفسهم مازال ينتظر من يجمعه وسط صمت دولي مريب؟ 
وان الزعماء العرب اما يقضون اجازاتهم على شواطئ اوروبا، ولا يريدون ما ينغص عليهم الاستمتاع بها، او منهمكون بالتحارب والمكايدة لبعضهم البعض؟

وان الحكومة المصرية مشغولة بالتحضير لاحتفالات افتتاح «قناة السويس الجديدة»، واستقبال وزير الخارجية الامريكي، ولا تريد اي تعكير للتعاون الأمني مع اسرائيل خاصة بعد ان قررت اعادة سفيرها الى تل ابيب؟ 
وان الحكومة الاردنية اصبحت تساهم في محاصرة قطاع غزة، بعد ان منعت دخول نحو مئة فلسطيني سمحت اسرائيل نفسها بخروجهم، وانها تخصصت في الاكتفاء باصدار «تعليقات اكاديمية» على الجرائم الصهيونية؟ 

وان الشعوب العربية التي طالما اعتبرت فلسطين قضيتها «المركزية» انصرفوا عنها بفضل دواعش آخرين وصاروا منهمكين في محاربة الارهاب الذي يذبحهم بالمئات بل والآلاف، وجعل بعض بلادهم كعصف مأكول؟ 
وان الادارة الامريكية التي اغضبت اسرائيل مؤخرا بتوقيع الاتفاق النووي مع ايران لن تحرك ساكنا في هذه الظروف حتى اذا احرق المستوطنون الشعب الفلسطيني باكمله، وليس عائلة واحدة (فقط)؟ 

وان قرار السلطة الفلسطينية باللجوء الى المحكمة الجنائية الدولية، وتنافس المسؤولين الفلسطينيين في «مسابقة بلاغية» لادانة الجريمة، لن يغير شيئا، اذ لن يجعل هذه «المحرقة»الاخيرة، وان السلطة لن تتخذ اي موقف استثنائي مثل تعليق التنسيق الامني او الدعوة الى المقاومة الشرعية الشاملة للاحتلال؟ وان بعض حركات «المقاومة» منغمسة في مفاوضات سرية مع اسرائيل ومكايدات او مساومات اقليمية؟ 
وان اعتراف الارهابي الاكبر في العالم نتنياهو، وللمرة الاولى بأن ما حصل «عمل ارهابي»، لن يكون سوى تحصيل حاصل، ولن يقلل من الجرم الارهابي، ولن يقدم اي ضمان بعدم تكراره، او بمحاسبة من ارتكبوه، لكنه مجرد «اجراء دعائي» لاحتواء مشاعر الصدمة والاشمئزاز؟
ماذا يجدي اي كلام هنا ياعلي؟ هل ندعو الى انتفاضة جديدة؟ وهل مازال الامر يحتاج الى دعوة؟ وهل الانتفاضة ممكنة حقا وسط هذا الحاضنة الفلسطينية المهترئة، والمحيط العربي الفاشل او المتواطئ بالصمت وغيره؟ 

هل نطالب مصر بصفتها الرئيس الحالي للقمة العربية بالدعوة الى اجتماع قمة طارئ؟ ولكن هل نحن بحاجة الى بيان آخر أجوف (في حال تم الاجتماع اصلا)؟ هل نطالب بتحرك عربي لعقد اجتماع عاجل لمجلس الامن ليصطدم مجددا بفيتو امريكي متأهب؟ 
هل ندعو الى مقاطعة شعبية عربية لاسرائيل وكل من يتعامل معها، فيما تنشر مواقع في الانترنت سيارات تحمل لوحات عربية في شوارع تل ابيب؟

انت وضعتنا في هذا المأزق يا علي عندما «اخترت» ان تولد بيننا، نحن الذين لايستحقون هذا الشرف، ثم ان تموت بهذا الاسلوب الصادم الموجع، دون ان تعرف ذنبك، في هذا التوقيت السيئ، وسط هذه المعطيات التاريخية في بؤسها.
عليك اذن ان تتحمل المسؤولية (..)، وسنحاول ان نقبل اعتذارك عن الازعاج(..).
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Palestinian child dead in suspected Jewish extremist arson attack on home


Officials say 18-month-old killed and his father, mother and brother injured after West Bank house set on fire and ‘price tag’ slogan daubed on walls

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A Palestinian child was killed and three family members critically wounded in a suspected arson attack by Jewish extremists on two homes in the West Bank village of Duma early on Friday.
Eighteen-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha burned to death, while his father and mother, Saad and Reham Dawabsha, and another son, Ahmad, 4, were taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Graffiti saying “revenge” and “long live the messiah” and “price tag” was found on the home.



Police described it as a “suspected attack with nationalist motives”. Such attacks by Jewish extremists have become known as “price tag” attacks.
The Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said it held the Israeli government fully responsible.
“This is a direct consequence of decades of impunity given by the Israeli government to settler terrorism,” he said in a statement. “We cannot separate the barbaric attack that took place in Duma last night from the recent settlement approvals by the Israeli government.”
The Israeli prime minster, Binyamin Netanyahu, said: “I am shocked over this reprehensible and horrific act. This is an act of terrorism in every respect. The state of Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of who the perpetrators are.”
A search was under way to find the assailants. The Israel Defence Forces set up road blocks and increased its presence. Spokesman Peter Lerner said the “attack against Palestinian civilians is a barbaric act of terrorism”.
Two settlers wearing black balaclavas allegedly entered Duma through a nearby gate, smashed a window and threw a molotov cocktail into Reham and Saad’s bedroom while they were asleep just after 2am on Friday morning.
Ibrahim Dawabsheh, a Palestinian construction worker in the nearby Jewish settlement of Shilo was talking to his fiancee on the phone on an upstairs balcony early on Friday morning when he heard his neighbours screams.
“I heard Saad shouting, ‘help, they have slaughtered me’ and I dropped the phone,” he said. Ibrahim was first on the scene and said he found two men standing over the burning bodies of Reham and Saad.




“There were two masked men, one of them was standing by Reham looking at her and the second was standing next to Saad checking if they were alive or not”
Ibrahim said he didn’t see any weapons on the men but they followed him and he ran back to his property to safety. “The settlers tried to follow me back to my house, but they left after Bashar, my brother came,” he said.
After the two men left, Reham and her husband were carried into the neighbour’s courtyard. The couple had tried to protect themselves from the fire by covering themselves with synthetic bedclothes but they had stuck to their bodies. The neighbours showed the Guardian a pile of melted bedclothes and a woman’s bra lying on the ground surrounded by blood.
Ibrahim was in tears when he told the Guardian he was able to rescue four-year-old Ahmad but not 18-month-old Ali. “I went to find Ahmad, I used my cellphone as a light at the doorway to the bedroom, I could hear him but I couldn’t see him. I eventually pulled him out,” said Ibrahim. He said later when the fire brigade arrived they retrieved Ali’s body, which was burned beyond recognition.
The attack appeared to be an act of revenge for the recent demolition of two buildings in the nearby settlement Beit El, where settlers and Israeli police clashed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, said he was “outraged” by the attack.
This heinous murder was carried out for a political objective. We must not permit such acts to allow hate and violence to bring more personal tragedies and to bury any prospect of peace. This reinforces the need for an immediate resolution of the conflict and an end to the occupation.”
The EU on Friday called on Israel to show “zero tolerance” for settler violence, while Jordan, the only Arab state apart from Egypt to have signed peace with Israel, strongly condemned the arson attack and said it held Israel responsible for the death of 18-month-old Ali and for all attacks on the Palestinian people.
“This ugly crime could have been avoided if the Israeli government had not ignored the rights of the Palestinian people and turned its back on peace... in the region,” government spokesman Mohammed Momani said.



It is the worst attack by suspected Israeli extremists since a Palestinian teenager was burned to death in a retribution killing for three Israelis killed by abductors a year ago.


A Palestinian boy inspects a house that was badly damaged in the attack.
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 A Palestinian boy inspects a house that was badly damaged in the attack. Photograph: ABED OMAR QUSINI/REUTERS

The “Price Tag” group has been blamed for a string of mosque torchings in the West Bank in the past few years, often in retribution for Israeli actions against illegally built settlements.
Brigadier General Moti Elmoz told Israeli media: “I don’t remember such a grave incident in recent years. It is a crime, and there is a reason why we are calling it an act of terror.”
The education minister and Jewish Home chairman, Naftali Bennett, tweeted on the attack: “It’s not a hate crime or price tag, it’s murder. Terror is terror is terror.” He called for the terrorists to be tracked down immediately.

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Outrage Spreads After Palestinian Infant Killed in Arson Attack in Occupied West Bank

Killing of 18-month-old boy and injuries to his family called 'consequence of a culture of hate funded and incentivized by the Israeli government' and tolerated by international community

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According to reports, 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha was killed when assailants, believed to be Israeli settlers, firebombed his home in the occupied West Bank in the middle of the night. (Photo: BBC)
Outrage is rippling across the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip, and beyond on Friday as news spreads that an 18-month-old infant was killed and his family members severely injured after Israeli settlers allegedly firebombed their home overnight.
The infant, identified in various media outlets as Ali Saad Dawabsha, reportedly died at the scene of the fire while his family members—mother, Reham, father, Saad, and four-year-old brother, Ahmad—were airlifted to an Israeli hospital with serious injuries. The Palestinian family's home was apparently one of two houses targeted in the village of Duma by still unknown assailants who scribbled the Hebrew word for 'revenge' beneath a Star of David on an outside wall.
Ibrahim Dawabsheh, a Duma resident, told Reuters he heard people shouting for help from the house and rushed to it. "I saw two masked men outside," he said, but after going to get help and returning they had gone.
"We cannot separate the barbaric attack that took place in Duma last night from the recent settlement approvals by the Israeli government, a government which represents an Israeli national coalition for settlements and apartheid." —Saeb Erekat, Palestinian Authority
"We found the parents outside with burns, they said there was another son in the house. We brought him out and then they said there was another boy inside, but we couldn't reach the bedroom because of the fire. He was left inside until rescue forces came," Dawabsheh said.
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized the violence as a "terrorist attack" and said "all means" would be used to bring the perpetrators to justice, rights groups joined many Palestinians in dismissing such statements as little more than rhetoric, especially amid ongoing settlement expansion sanctioned by his government and the increased displacement of those living under the occupation.
Palestinian chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinian Authority is holding the Israeli government "fully responsible" for the violence—thought to be a possible example of what are known as "price tag" attacks, usually carried out as a form of retribution by illegal settlers in response to curbs on settlement expansion.
"We cannot separate the barbaric attack that took place in Duma last night from the recent settlement approvals by the Israeli government, a government which represents an Israeli national coalition for settlements and apartheid," said Erekat.
The killing of the young boy and the injuries to his family, Erekat continued, "is the consequence of a culture of hate funded and incentivized by the Israeli government and the impunity granted by the international community."
PA President Mahmoud Abbas later said he would appeal to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation into the arson attack and called on the United States and other governments to condemn the Israeli government for its ongoing policies in the West Bank.
"We are immediately preparing the file that will be submitted to the ICC," Abbas told reporters as he also denounced the "war crimes and crimes against humanity committed each day by Israelis against the Palestinian people."
Taking a more hardline stance, Hamas responded by declaring that what happened in Duma makes all "Israeli soldiers and settlers legitimate targets for resistance." A spokesperson, Hussam Badran, called for popular action and said Israeli crimes can only be stopped by "comprehensive resistance in all its forms."
Additionally, the Ma'an news agency reports that Popular Resistance Committees are now calling for a "revolution of anger" across cities, villages and streets in Palestine; while the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has called on Palestinians to "escalate resistance" against Israel and urged the Palestinian leadership to declare a state of emergency.
According to Haaretz, Israeli security officials expressed concern that the killing of Dawabsha "could spark unrest in the West Bank, and fear of rioting and disorder at Temple Mount in Jerusalem prompted restrictions on Muslim worshiper, with only those over 50 being permitted to enter the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque. Firebombs and stones were reportedly thrown in Jerusalem's Old City, wounding one officer lightly in the early afternoon and massive police forces were being stationed in the area."
Meanwhile, the Israeli rights group B'Tselem said in a statement that it was "only a matter of time" until tragedies like this one took place, given the behavior of settlers in the Occupied Territories and the continued tolerance and support they receive from the Israel government. Impunity for hate crimes, the group said, only "encourages assailants to continue, leading to this morning's horrific result."
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there have been 120 incidents of "settler-related violence" in the West Bank and East Jerusalem so far in 2015, including 78 assaults against property and 42 attacks that resulted in injuries.
As B'Tselem points out, a vast majority of these cases were never solved, and in many of them the Israeli Police did not even bother take elementary investigative actions.
The group called condemnations of the attack from Netanyahu or other Israeli officials "empty rhetoric as long as politicians continue their policy of avoiding enforcement of the law on Israelis who harm Palestinians, and do not deal with the public climate and the incitement which serve as backdrop to these acts."

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

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الساعة الثامنة إلا الربع، صبيحة اليوم الخامس من يونيو/حزيران 1967، ستبدأ حرب إسرائيلية أشبه بنزهة جوية، لكن نتيجتها ما زالت تحفر في الذهن العربي بعد خمسة عقود من وقوع الكارثة التي سميت على سبيل التخفيف "نكسة".
واحدة من أشد المآسي العربية حضورا وغموضا في آن "سقوط الجولان"..هل سقطت هضبة الجولان الحصينة في حرب الأيام الستة، أم سلّمت تسليما؟
طرح "الصندوق الأسود" السؤال، واجتهد في الإجابة عنه في فيلمه الاستقصائي "سقوط الجولان" الذي بثته الجزيرة مساء الثلاثين من يوليو/تموز 2015.
العقود الغامضة
وكان ذلك سؤالا مفصليا عن علاقة الرئيس السوري الراحل حافظ الأسد بسقوط الجولان؟ ولماذا ظلت تفاصيل كثيرة غامضةً لنحو خمسة عقود؟ وكم من شخصيات اشتبه أو ثبت أنها صرحت أو ألمحت لسر من أسرار الجولان فكان مصيرها غياهب السجن، أو القتل، أو الانتحار بعدة رصاصات؟ كما يعبر سوريون ضمن ما يرونه "كوميديا سوداء".
لم يستغرق احتلال الجولان المحصنة سويعات قليلة، والشهود من الصف القيادي العسكري والسياسي في تلك الفترة تحدثوا في الفيلم عن الشبهات، تحدثوا بالتفصيل عن أوامر بعدم القتال، وعن جبهة باردة في الجولان الحصين، بينما كانت الطائرات الإسرائيلية تمسح الطائرات المصرية من الوجود وهي في مرابضها.

يقول ضابط سوري بجبهة الجولان إنه كان بإمكان الطيران السوري والعراقي مواجهة الطيران الإٍسرائيلي وهو عائد من ضربته لمصر، فارغا تقريبا من الوقود، وليس بإمكانه القتال، لكن القيادة السورية لم تصدر أوامر بالقتال لجنودها.
الضابط الأردني في القدس إبان 1967 غازي ربابعة قال إن الملك حسين طلب من السوريين معونة جوية بمشاركة طائرات عراقية وأردنية لتوجيه ضربة للطائرات الإسرائيلية العائدة من مصر فرد عليه حافظ الأسد في تلك اللحظة المهمة من تاريخ الأمة "إن طائراتنا تقوم برحلات تدريبية".

البيان الكارثي
الشبهة التي أجمع عليها من تحدث من ضباط سوريين وسياسيين هي البيان رقم 66 الذي دفع به وزير الدفاع حافظ الأسد ليذاع في إذاعة الجمهورية العربية السورية في اليوم السادس والأخير من الحرب. يقول البيان للشعب إن القنيطرة سقطت في يد "العدو" بعد قتال عنيف.
لكن القنيطرة لم تكن قد سقطت، فلماذا يصدر حافظ الأسد بيانا "كارثيا"، بحسب وزير الإعلام آنذاك محمد الزعبي.
بلهجة ساخرة، يقول المختص الإسرائيلي في الشأن السوري إيال زيسر "نحن تعودنا دائما أن تذيع بعض الإذاعات العربية بلاغات عن انتصارات لم تحصل، البيان هذه المرة كان عن هزيمة لم تحصل بعد".


كان يمكن -كما يضيف الزعبي- القتال في الجولان، وعلى الأقل جعل كلفة احتلال كل سنتيمتر من الجولان مُرة في حلق الإسرائيليين، "أما أن يؤخذ الجولان على البارد فهذه مؤامرة".
بعد ستة أعوام على سقوط هضبة الجولان تخوض سوريا حرب 1973 لاستعادتها، تتقدم القوات السورية ثم لا تلبث أن تتراجع عن بشرى انتصار أولى، لتنكفئ فلا يعود الجولان وحده المحتل، بل 23 قرية إضافية.

ينجم عن هذه الحرب اتفاق فض الاشتباك عام 1974، فانسحبت إسرائيل مما احتلته بعد الجولان، وبقي هذا الأخير ينعم بهدوء مريب، وسُمح للنظام السوري أن يدخل لبنان، بينما بقي الجولان هادئا الهدوء ذاته الذي كان صبيحة سقوطه في 1967.

Yemen: Houthi Artillery Kills Dozens in Aden

Indiscriminate Rockets, Mortars Repeatedly Strike Populated Areas

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(Beirut) – Pro-Houthi forces have repeatedly fired mortar shells and rockets indiscriminately into populated areas in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden in violation of the laws of war. In the deadliest attack, on July 19 in Dar Saad district, mortar fire killed several dozen civilians, including children.
Leaders of the Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, should immediately cease indiscriminate attacks by their own and allied forces and take all possible steps to minimize harm to civilians. Houthi forces should not use explosive weapons with wide-area effect in populated areas because of the inevitable harm they cause to civilians.
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Pro-Houthi forces have been raining mortar shells and rockets onto populated areas of Aden with no apparent regard for the civilians remaining there,” said Ole Solvang, senior emergencies researcher. “These unlawful attacks take a terrible human toll and should stop immediately.”
Human Rights Watch visited four areas in Aden controlled by southern resistance forces that had come under fire from Houthi rockets and mortars since July 1. Human Rights Watch also interviewed four Aden residents by phone and reviewed photographic evidence and video footage of the attacks and their aftermath published on social media.
Investigation of the impact sites and weapons remnants shows the use of multiple rockets and mortar rounds with blast and fragmentation effects that can cause injuries and damage over a wide area. These weapons, in particular unguided rockets, are difficult to target with accuracy, and when directed toward populated areas are indiscriminate. Indiscriminate attacks violate the laws of war and amount to war crimes when carried out deliberately or recklessly. Human Rights Watch has previously documented the use of unguided rockets against populated areas in Saudi Arabia by pro-Houthi forces in Yemen.
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Remnant from what appear to be a 122 mm rocket found after an attack on the Mansoura District in Aden on July 7-8, 2015. The attack killed several dozen civilians.
 
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Human Rights Watch investigated attacks that struck areas under the control of the southern resistance committees. The areas were attacked repeatedly over several days, excluding the possibility of misdirected fire. Impact marks on buildings and walls indicated that the munitions had come from the direction of the front lines, and the impact areas were within range of pro-Houthi forces.
Human Rights Watch presented details of the attacks with Ansar Allah authorities in Sanaa, the capital, but they did not provide any concrete information about the attacks or their intended targets. A representative of Ansar Allah from the Ministry of Human Rights said that he would welcome an investigation, even an international one, including of alleged violations by Houthi forces.
Local residents in the areas attacked said that no southern resistance fighters were in those areas and that the fighters had not used the areas to launch attacks against the Houthis. Human Rights Watch saw no evidence of military installations or other military objectives that would constitute legitimate targets. 
International humanitarian law – the laws of war – governs the hostilities in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. It prohibits indiscriminate attacks, which strike military objectives and civilians or civilian objects without distinction. Examples include attacks that are not directed at a specific military objective or that use weapons, such as unguided rockets, that cannot be directed at a specific military objective.
Military commanders must choose a means of attack that can be directed at military targets and will minimize incidental harm to civilians. Weapons that are so inaccurate that they cannot be directed at military targets without imposing a substantial risk of civilian harm should not be deployed. Forces deployed in populated areas must avoid locating military objectives near densely populated areas and try to remove civilians from the vicinity of military activities.
Houthi leaders should realize that they could face a war crimes trial for ordering or even just overseeing indiscriminate rocket attacks on civilian neighborhoods,” Solvang said.
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Damage to the wall around the Al Massila primary school in Little Aden after a rocket struck it on July 9, 2015, killing a man sitting by the wall.
 
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July 19 Attack on Dar Saad
Pro-Houthi forces fired mortar shells into Dar Saad, one of Aden’s northern districts, on the morning of July 19, local residents told Human Rights Watch. The shelling killed nearly 100 people, most of them civilians, according to Doctors without Borders (MSF). Human Rights Watch visited the scene of the attack the next day, July 20.
Local residents said that mortar fire began hitting the Dumina neighborhood, in the eastern part of Dar Saad, at about 9 a.m. and continued for several hours, during which mortar shells also hit the nearby Shaikhan neighborhood and the Insha’at neighborhood in western Dar Saad.
In Shaikhan, several mortar shells hit close to the local mosque. One exploded about 20 meters away between 10:30 and 11 a.m., injuring many children who were waiting in a line to collect water, witnesses said. A local policeman told Human Rights Watch:
There were many injured. I couldn’t count them all. I myself helped perhaps 15-16 children who were wounded, all of them between 9 and 12-years-old, and most of them had been standing in line for water.
Another mortar shell fell near the mosque’s main gate at about 12:30 p.m. as worshipers emerged from noon prayers, killing at least five civilians, witnesses said.
Several mortar rounds also struck the western part of Dar Saad. In the Insha’at neighborhood, a mortar shell that hit a truck in the street near a shop on Maydan street at about 9:30 a.m. wounded at least three people. Shortly after the first impact, another mortar shell struck the area next to the shop, killing at least nine people, including a 10-year-old child, and injuring at least six others, including five children, witnesses said.
A third shell hit a house at about 10 a.m. Ali Ahmad Muhammad Nagi, 45, the owner, told Human Rights Watch:
A shell fragment penetrated the roof and the first floor and got stuck in the ceiling of the ground floor, right above the bed where my 7-year-old daughter was sleeping. She is suffering now, wakes up frightened at night, in panic, remembering the loud sounds and seeing the tip of the shell hanging over her head. I was scared myself so how do you think she felt? Then the shells started raining over the area, here, there, everywhere, exploding among people helping the wounded.
Local residents said that at least 12 shells hit the neighborhood that morning.
Human Rights Watch examined more than 15 impact sites in eastern and western Dar Saad. At several there were munition remnants such as tail sections that are distinctive indicators of a mortar shell. Based on their knowledge from previous attacks, local residents said they thought the remnants came from 120 mm mortars. This was consistent with the findings of a Human Rights Watch analysis of remnants.
The areas of Dar Saad that the mortar shells hit are all two or three kilometers south of the front line between the Houthi and southern resistance forces fighting for control of Aden. Human Rights Watch examined at least four sites where mortar shells had struck the north and front-line-facing walls of buildings indicating that they had come from positions held by Houthi forces. In general, 120 mm mortars have a minimum range of 500 meters and a maximum range of over 7 kilometers. These shells can produce casualties on exposed people up to 60 meters away from the point of impact.
The international humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which runs a hospital in Aden, reported that attacks on Aden on July 19 killed nearly 100 people and wounded about 200 others. The head of MSF in Yemen said that 80 percent of the overall casualties were civilians.
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Damage to the eastern façade of the Royal Concorde Hotel in Aden after a rocket attack on July 1, 2015.
 
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July 9 Attack on Little Aden 
At least six rockets struck B-class, a residential neighborhood close to the Aden Refinery Company in Little Aden on a peninsula west of the main city, on the afternoon of July 9. The attack killed 70-year-old Hassan Zaid, local residents said. Zaid died when a rocket struck the eastern side of the concrete wall surrounding al-Massila primary school, where more than 200 people displaced by the fighting had sought shelter, residents said. Human Rights Watch viewed a fragment pattern visible on the eastern side of the wall, but not western, indicating that it almost certainly came from the east.
Another rocket struck the north face of a house about 500 meters west of the school, also damaging a neighboring house and seriously wounding Hussein Rauf, 19. Doctors had to amputate both of his legs, local residents said.
At least four other rockets struck the area without causing further casualties. Local residents showed Human Rights Watch a large object at one site that appeared to be the remnant of a 122 mm unguided rocket. 
Taken together, the damage to the school wall and the residential buildings indicate that the rockets came from the northeast. Pro-Houthi forces were in the Tawahi district, 15 kilometers away and north of the Aden airport, 20 kilometers away. In general, unguided 122 mm rockets have a minimum range of at least a kilometer and a maximum range of 20 kilometers. However, given the many variations and performance improvements made by some manufacturers, some 122 mm rockets may be capable of reaching ranges approaching 40 kilometers.
Local residents said a rocket also struck the nearby Kod al-Namer residential neighborhood at about 1 a.m. on July 9, slightly injuring one man and damaging three houses.
The attacks in Little Aden may have been directed at the Aden oil refinery. Rockets struck the refinery on June 27 and on July 13, according to media reports.
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Remnant of one of six unguided rockets that struck Little Aden on July 9, 2015. The attack killed one man and severely injured another.
 
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July 7 Attack on Mansoura District
Rockets and mortar shells struck Wadea Hadad, a residential area about 500 meters west of Mansoura central prison in Mansoura District, between 10 p.m. on July 7 and 2 a.m. on July 8, killing at least six civilians and seriously wounding others, residents told Human Rights Watch. They named six of the dead, who included one woman and two children belonging to the Saleh family, ages 2 and 6. The dead children’s mother and 10-year-old sister were critically injured.
Mahmoud Abdulaziz, 29, said that the rockets struck in numerous places, some in the streets and some on cars: “I saw five people get killed in that attack, all of them civilians from this area,” Abdulaziz said.
Residents said that Gunblat Saleh Fadel, 32, died when a munition hit his car as he sought to move it to a safer place, and that a rocket killed two other people when it exploded near their car as they attempted to evacuate people from the neighborhood.
Some residents said that they could distinguish between rocket and mortar attacks because rockets generally caused greater damage to buildings, and showed Human Rights Watch rocket remnants that they had found after the attack.
The neighborhood that came under attack is known as “Army Buildings” to local residents because the Yemeni authorities formerly allocated apartments in the area to military officers. However, local residents told Human Rights Watch that there had been no firing of rockets, mortars, or other weapons from the area or any significant deployment of fighters that could have provided a justification for the Houthi attack on July 7.
July 1 Attack on Mansoura District 
Multiple rockets struck Blocks 4 and 5, two residential neighborhoods in Mansoura District early on the morning of July 1, local residents said. The attack killed 18 civilians, including a child, and wounded 23 others, according to Al-Khader al-Aswar, director of the Aden office of Yemen’s Health Ministry.
Local residents said that the first rocket struck near Mansoura central prison near midnight on June 30, killing one man. A short time later, a second rocket hit a gas station on Prison Street about 40 meters from the Infinity Hotel, then accommodating several hundred people displaced by the fighting. Then, after dozens of people had rushed to the site to see if there were casualties, a third rocket hit the street nearby.
Muhammad Hussein al-Hamed, who was staying at the hotel and standing in front of it when the third rocket struck, said:
I heard a huge explosion when something hit the ground in the middle of the street right next to us. I felt something piercing my skin and bone in my right arm, my foot and the area between my thighs. I screamed. I managed to get back to the hotel on my own, but there I fainted from the pain and bleeding.
Al-Hamed said he saw about 10 other people wounded by the rocket strike. Another hotel resident said that 16 people staying there were wounded, some severely.
About one hour later, a fourth rocket struck room 411 on the fourth floor of the Royal Concorde Hotel, adjacent to the Infinity Hotel, wounding a mother and her child. One of the people staying at the Royal Concorde said:
Women and children were screaming, running out of their apartments without even wearing abayas or taking their bags. The fourth floor was filled with smoke. The family living in 411 had come to Mansoura to seek safety. Now the wife and child are in critical condition in the hospital.
At about 5:30 a.m. another rocket struck a two-story home about 40 meters from the Infinity Hotel. Omar Saleh Omar, 54, a bus driver who was living on the first floor of the house, said:
I had just returned from prayer in the mosque when I heard two huge explosions. The whole house was filled with smoke. I couldn’t see or breathe. My daughters were screaming. A fan had fallen on my oldest daughter, injuring her face, hands, and legs. When we got out of the house, we saw that the second floor was burning.
The rocket had struck the second floor of the building, where a couple lived with their 8-month-old daughter, killing the baby and mortally wounding the father, Omar said.
“It was awful, that day was awful,” Omar said. “I will never forget how she [the mother] screamed and cried. Now she doesn’t speak at all. She has been in shock since that day.”