Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Ambassadors of the EU Political and Security Committee
Date: 14 July 2014
73/2014 PHROC Open Letter regarding the EU’s responsibility to stop Israel’s targeting of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Your Excellencies, On 8 July 2014, the European Union (EU) issued a statement addressing the ongoing engagement of hostilities in the occupied Gaza Strip.
In its short statement, the EU strongly condemned the “indiscriminate fire into Israel by militant groups in the Gaza Strip” and deplored the growing number of civilian casualties “caused by Israeli retaliatory fire”.
As of 14 July 2014 at 1 p.
m, Palestinian human rights organisations have documented the killing of 174 Palestinians, including 34 children and 28 women, in the context of ‘Operation Protective Edge’.
According to Al Mezan’s initial investigations, 132 of the killed Palestinians are to be considered civilians.
Furthermore, at least 1.
051 Palestinians have sustained injuries and 1.
302 houses have been destroyed or damaged.
Al Mezan further specifies that 23 schools, 34 mosques, an ambulance centre, 13 NGO offices, 38 fishing boats and 5 hospitals were damaged or destroyed.