Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Israeli forces kill Gaza civilians in botched execution attempt

Report, PCHR, 16 January 2008

"On Wednesday at noon, 16 January 2008, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) launched an air strike against a civilian vehicle in Gaza City. Three Palestinian civilians (a man, his son and his brother) were killed in the strike.

According to preliminary investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 12:30pm on Wednesday, an IOF aircraft fired a missile at a civilian vehicle, in which three members of the al-Yazji family, including a child, were traveling, in al-Nafaq Street in the al-Daraj neighborhood of east Gaza City. The missile killed all three civilians.

* Mohammed Hashem Mohammed al-Yazji, 27.
* His child Ameer, 5.
* His brother 'Aamer, 40.

In addition, three civilian bystanders sustained shrapnel wounds:

Shukri Salem al-Shukri, 78.Marshoud Salah al-Mazloum, 39.
Rashed Salah al-Mazloum, 40.

The Israeli media reported that IOF sources have admitted the vehicle was attacked by mistake, and the target of the IOF attack was another vehicle, in which Palestinian resistance activists were traveling.

This attack demonstrates IOF blatant disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians, who continue to be killed during extra-judicial executions carried out by IOF. According to PCHR's research, 679 Palestinians, including 224 civilian bystanders (78 of them children) have been killed in extra-judicial executions committed by IOF since September 2000......"

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