Occupation Update: Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza (July 8 – July 10, 2014)
PHOTO: Ma'an News Agency
Number of Palestinians Killed During Reporting Period: Approximately 88
PALESTINIANS KILLED & INJURED BY THE ISRAELI MILITARY
- Since Tuesday, July 8, Israel has killed 88 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including 60 unarmed civilians, and wounded more than 550 others. The dead include at least 18 children.
- In addition to other civilian targets such as private homes, Israel bombed a car used by Palestinian journalists, even though it was clearly marked as media, killing the driver and wounding three reporters who were inside.
- According to the United Nations, as of Wednesday, July 9, at 3 PM local time, more than 150 homes had been destroyed or severely damaged, and more than 25,000,000 liters of raw sewage had been dumped into the sea because of damage done to a pumping station.
- On July 9, Haaretz newspaper quoted an anonymous Israeli military source saying that the Israeli air force had dropped 400 tons of explosives on Gaza since Monday night. Israeli warplanes have launched more than 750 attackson the tiny besieged coastal strip since the latest offensive began.
SHORTAGES OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES
- According to a statement published today (July 10) by Physicians for Human Rights – Israel on the front page of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz:
“According to officials in Gaza there is presently a shortage of about 55% of the medical equipment required – i.e. 471 types of medical supplies and other expendables are out of stock. Thirty percent, that is 122 types of basic medication are also unavailable.
“[The] stock of anesthetics and bandages provided by the Ministry of Health is finished and [Shifa] hospital has to use the internal emergency stock, designed to treat the wounded only, and which he says is likely to be sufficient for three days.
“Information provided to the PHR-Israel by medical staff at the hospital ‘Al Awda’ in Jabali shows that the hospital had to improvise and find replacements for basic supplies. For example, in the operating theatres the staff are using regular, non-sterile threads from a sewing workshop, in place of special medical threads. Disinfection prior to operations is being done manually to avoid infections.”
DAMAGE TO MEDICAL FACILITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE
- According to the same statement issued by Physicians for Human Rights – Israel:
“[The European Hospital in Khan Younis sustained damage on July 7 as a result of aerial bombing nearby, which also injured 17 people - mostly women and children. In addition to the patients, many civilians have sought refuge in the hospital after their homes were damaged or destroyed in the bombing. The damage includes plaster ceilings in intensive care, pediatrics department, the hospital entrance and waiting room, which have all collapsed. Other departments, including internal medicine, cardiology and pediatric surgery were filled with broken glass after the windows and glass doors were shattered. In light of the damage the hospital was forced to evacuate the Pediatrics Department of Children and close all outpatient clinics.
“In addition to today's update from the hospital, PMRS (a voluntary health organization operating in the Occupied Territories) reported that the Shalev Medical Centre in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza has been damaged by heavy bombardments carried out nearby, and all the windows shattered.”
STATEMENTS/REPORTS FROM HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
- On July 8, Amnesty International issued a statement entitled: “Israel/Gaza: All sides must protect civilians as conflict escalates,” which read in part:
“The Israeli military and Palestinian armed groups have repeatedly failed to hold perpetrators accountable for war crimes and other serious violations of international law committed during previous rounds of fighting, in particular during the Israeli military operations ‘Pillar of Defense’ in November 2012 and ‘Cast Lead’ in December 2008 until January 2009.
“Amid the renewed hostilities and in light of the continuing failure by both sides to provide accountability, Amnesty International is again calling for an international arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip.”