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Israeli Forces Destroy Homes in Rafah and Bomb Civil Establishments in Gaza


At approximately 1:30 A.
Monday November 11, 2002 Israeli helicopters bombarded a metal workshop in the town of Gaza.
The shop, owned by Ayman Khalil al-Fasih and Zakaria Abdul Qadir al-Fasih, is located in Fras Market and was attacked by six rockets.
As a result the shop was severely damaged.
It occupies the ground floor of an apartment building and four apartments in the building were also damaged.
In addition, the home of Issa Hussain Karsu’, located opposite to the workshop, was damaged in the attack.
  The Israeli Occupation Forces bulldozed eight homes in the town of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip.
At around 3:30 pm Sunday 10 November, seven Israeli tanks and three bulldozers entered Block O area in the refugee camp in the town, at a point about 80 meters from the border with Egypt, and carried out the demolition.
Al Mezan’s fieldworker in Rafah reported that eleven Palestinian families occupied these homes.
Eyewitnesses told the Center’s fieldworker that the Israeli forces fired into the area intensively during the operation, which lasted until 10 pm.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns these actions and points out that such acts constitute war crimes under international humanitarian law.
The targeting of civilians’ homes is a grave breach of the 4th Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civil Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949.
The Center calls for immediate international protection for Palestinian civilians and their property, as laid down in this Convention.
Al Mezan requests the international community, especially the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, to fulfill their legal and moral obligations to uphold the Convention, and therefore to intervene immediately to stop the grave breaches of the Convention which civilians in the OPTs are suffering.
The Centre also demands that those who perpetrate and order these crimes are brought to justice.