In the early morning hours of Saturday, 2 November 2019, Israeli warplanes launched a series of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. At least 29 missiles were fired in 11 airstrikes targeting different areas of the Strip, including a house, nine camps of armed resistance groups, farms and open spaces. In addition, the Israeli artillery fired shells at the eastern areas of the Gaza Strip. One Palestinian man was killed and another was wounded in the attacks that also completely destroyed a house.
Al Mezan’s documentation shows that at around 1:35am on Saturday, 2 November 2019, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the house of Mahmoud Al-Farra, which is located on a farm in Khan Younis. Minutes later, Israeli aircraft fired another missile at the house, completely destroying it. As a result, Ahmad Al-Shahari, 27, was killed and Khamis ‘Abdeen, 24, was injured. Both Al-Shahari and ‘Abdeen were in the house at the time of the attack.
Al Mezan condemns the military escalation and calls for it to end immediately. The record of such escalations indicates a pattern of consistent harm caused to civilians and civilian property; this trend must be challenged, including by the international community. Al Mezan warns that silence and impunity reinforce the possibility of a further escalation in attacks.
Al Mezan calls on the international community, particularly the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, to promptly act in order to prevent a further military escalation and to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian property. Armed attacks that fail to comply with the rules of international law and that target civilians must be condemned. Al Mezan also calls for an end to Israel’s unilaterally imposed closure and blockade of the Gaza Strip. This policy is a form of collective punishment and has led to the severe deterioration of the economic, humanitarian and social conditions of the entire population, and wide-spread violation of human rights.