The belligerent Israeli Occupation Forces continue to use lethal and excessive force against the Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Territories.
Today, 17/12/2000 at about 12:30 p.
(10:30 GMT), these forces, randomly and unjustifiably, opened fire on unarmed Palestinian civilians near Salah Addeen border gate in Rafah.
As a result, Hitler Mahmoud Abu Libdah, a 25- year old resident of Rafah, was seriously injured in the shoulder.
When two Palestinians approached Hitler in an attempt to rescue him, the Israeli soldiers opened fire on them leading to their immediate death.
These were: Iyad Mahmoud Mohammad Dawoud, a 27 year-old blacksmith, resident of Rafah, who was shot in the abdomen with a 500 mm-caliber bullet.
Ahmad Abd Aljaleel Alqassas, a 38 year- old resident of Rafah, who was shot in the chest with a 500 mm-caliber bullet.
In the same incident, the following Palestinians were wounded: Yahia Rajab Annajar, an 18 year- old resident of Rafah, who was injured in the leg.
Jameel Ismaeel Alfaramawy, a 17 year old-resident of Rafah, who was injured in the arm.
The belligerent Israeli Occupation Forces continued to attack civilian premises including houses and agricultural lands on a daily basis.
In this context, they shelled houses located near Salah Addeen border gate in Rafah last night (16/12/2000) at about 8:00 p.
As a result, the following premises were damaged: A house owned by Ahmad Sa’eed Mohammad Qishtah, which was shelled with missiles.
A house owned by Ibraheem Sa’eed Mohammad Qishtah, which was shelled with missiles.
A shop owned by Abd Arraheem Miflih Abu Anzah, whose front side was damaged.
A shop owned by Badr ‘Odallah Ashair.
In the same context, the belligerent Israeli Occupation Forces shelled houses located in Beit Sahour and Azzaitoun neighborhood in Hebron, last night (16/12/2000) at 9:30 p.
As a result 4 houses located in Beit Sahour and 4 others located in Hebron were damaged.
Khalid Ibraheem Omar from Hebron was injured with 3 bullets as a result of shelling Hebron.
The belligerent Israeli Occupation Forces bulldozed agricultural lands yesterday (16/11/2000).
The lands are owned by: Madhiouf Mizied Zaidan Dhhair, 16 dunams, 6 of which are greenhouses.
Ziad Mohammad Mizied Dhhair, 6 dunams of green houses.
Zakaria Ramadhan Mizied Dhhair, 3 dunams of green houses.
Husam Madhiouf Mizied Dhhair, 3 dunams of green houses.
Zuhair Dhaifallah Mizied Dhhair, 3 dunams of green houses.
Arafat zaidan Mizied Dhhair, 3 dunams of green houses, and damage of a fish pool built on an arae of 110 m2.
Mazin Mizied Dhhair, 4 dunams of green houses.
Each of the previous 7 attacks was accompanied with the destruction of a dribbling irrigation system, an irrigation pump, and a plant medication pump.
The belligerent Israeli Occupation Forces continued to close the main road that connects the provinces of the Gaza strip with each other.
In this context, Palestinians are allowed to travel only along round roads such as Alhikr and the eastern roads, where Israeli tanks and soldiers are positioned.
These soldiers tend to humiliate, and even kill, Palestinians travelling along the above- mentioned roads.
Yesterday, the western road, which connects Rafah and Khan Younis, was closed by the belligerent Israeli Occupation Forces.
We, at AL-MEZAN Center for Human Rights, perceive the continuation and escalation of the Israeli war crimes against the unarmed Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Territories as highly dangerous.
Al-mezan also stresses that the failure of the international community to fulfill its moral and legal obligations towards the Palestinian people contributes to the Israeli persistence to attack the Palestinians.
In this context, Al-mezan requests the international community to immediately intervene to provide protection for the Palestinian civilians, to chase the Israeli war criminals, and to impose sanctions against Israel because of its grave violations to the international humanitarian law, especially the 4th Geneva convention.