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Hostilities in Gaza and southern Israel - "Protective Edge", July-August 2014

1 August 2014

Preliminary investigation: Apparently without warning, four-story building bombed while its residents were home, killing 35 and injuring 27

Most lethal strike on a single residential building in Gaza in many years, and probably ever: According to information received by B'Tselem, on the morning of 29 July 2014, the Israeli Air Force bombed a four-story apartment building in Khan Yunis. The building collapsed, burying its occupants. Thirty-five people were killed and 27 injured.

31 July 2014

IBA removes two political ads ahead of HCJ hearing on B’Tselem’s radio spot giving names of Gazan children killed in current offensive

Before B’Tselem’s petition could be heard by the High Court of Justice (HCJ) and to counter discrimination arguments, the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) pulled two patently political ads that support the Gaza offensive. The State requested an extension, stating that the Attorney General had not had enough time to formulate a position on the matter.

31 July 2014

Initial figures: At least 1,262 Palestinians killed by morning of 30 July 2014; two Israeli civilians, one foreign national and 56 Israeli soldiers killed since operation began

According to B'Tselem's initial figures, at least 1,262 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and Israel in the time between early Tuesday, 8 July 2014, when Operation Protective Edge airstrikes on Gaza began until the morning of 30 July.* The fatalities include: 314 minors (one minor participated in the hostilities), 148 women (under age 60), 62 senior citizens (aged 60 and over),

31 July 2014

ISM volunteer recounts death of a young man killed by shots from unknown source while searching for casualties in a-Shuja'iyeh, Gaza City

"We started walking met a young man who lived in the neighborhood. He wanted to reach his home to check on his family. He wore green shirt. He asked us to help him and accompany him. [...] We were shocked by what we saw. A-Shuja'iyeh had become a real ghost town: a city of ruins, completely destroyed.[...] The house had been completely demolished.

30 July 2014

Photo Blog: Brief humanitarian ceasefire in Beit Hanoun

Muhammad Sabah is B'Tselem's field researcher in the northern Gaza Strip. On 26 July 2014, he took the opportunity of a brief humanitarian ceasefire to inspect several locations in the area. Of the sights he saw in the town of Beit Hanoun during the ceasefire he said: "The situation in Beit Hanoun was terrible.

29 July 2014

B'Tselem petitions Israel’s High Court to oblige Israel Broadcasting Authority to broadcast names of Gazan children killed

Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ) yesterday, 28 July 2014, seeking to oblige the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to air radio spots produced by B’Tselem which incorporate the names of a few of the more than 200 Palestinian children killed in Gaza in Operation Protective Edge.

28 July 2014

'Abd al-Fatah Fiad, a farmer from al-Qararah, relates how he and his family fled to Khan Yunis, abandoning their home and livestock

We waited until dawn to leave the house. My children cried all night. On Friday (18 July), at 5:30 A.M., I left with my family. We didn’t take anything. Some of the kids didn’t even have enough time to find shoes and they went out barefoot. A lot of people left al-Qararah like us. We walked to Khan Yunis, about 8 kilometers away.

27 July 2014

Video blog: Footage posted on the net since fighting in Gaza began, July 2014

Since the recent bout of fighting in Gaza began, the internet has been inundated with footage of the fighting and its results. It is often difficult to determine the reliability of this footage as well as the context in which the images were shot. Our blog will present footage we collected from various online sources.

27 July 2014

Suhair Shabat describes mortal fear of bombing, leading her to take her children and flee Beit Hanoun

"I decided to walk to my sister's house in a-Rimal neighborhood. It was very dangerous. We walked single file, one after another. I carried 'Abd a-Rahman and he held on to me tightly. We walked hugging the walls of buildings and the doors of closed shops, and tried to take cover under trees and light shelters. It felt like we were walking through a ghost town. We were surrounded by death...

27 July 2014

Initial figures: At least 878 Palestinians killed by morning of 26 July 2014; two Israeli civilians, one foreign national and 43 Israeli soldiers killed since operation began

According to B'Tselem's initial figures, at least 878 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and Israel in the time between early Tuesday, 8 July 2014, when Operation Protective Edge airstrikes on Gaza began until the morning of 26 July.