I am an activist who regularly volunteers and works in the West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This blog chronicles my time in Palestine and also provides news and analysis from on the ground in the Occupied Palestinian Territories when I am not there.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Euro-Mid: Israeli assault seeks to destroy the foundations of the future life in Gaza
Dear friends, this article provides a relatively succinct overview of the destruction wrought in Gaza by Israel. I have also included below the Euro-Mid's latest info graphic. in solidarity, Kim
1 August, 2014. Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights
Gaza City, Occupied Palestinian Territories- With
the ongoing Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip in its 24th day,
it is much clear today than ever that the Israeli army is deliberately
seeking to achieve not only short-term goals, but also long-term goals
by destroying the foundations of the future life in Gaza.
Observer for Human Rights documented the Israeli forces' premeditated
targeting of a number of vital factories and economic installations,
which had been partially contributing to facilitating the daily life of
the people of Gaza, who have been besieged for eight years and already
facing certain obstacles, including high unemployment rates and the
Palestinian government's failure to pay the salaries on a regular basis.
aggression has caused significant losses to the various aspects of the
economy, which was already suffering mainly due to the eight year
blockade. According to the Euro-Mid, 243 commercial and industrial
facilities have been fully destroyed, causing substantial economic
losses, and brining the total direct losses caused by the Israeli
offensive to more than 1.1 billion dollars.
economic situation is not limited to the disruption of work in
factories, as well as in the employees' salaries and high unemployment
rates. Its graveness also increases the significant impact inflicted by
the fuel shortage at all walks of life, since fuel is required to
operate many of the necessary facilities. Bakeries for example are
facing the risk of work stoppage amidst fuel shortage and electricity
outages, which causes a real crisis that is starting to emerge. This
morning, dozens of people lined up in front of bakeries under the heavy
and indiscriminate bombardment, risking their lives to buy bread. At the
same time, it is expected that such bakeries will run out of bread at
any time, especially following the damage caused to the power plant.
Thus, residents of Gaza city have access to electricity for about two
hours every three days, whereas those in the central area of the Gaza
Strip have no access to electricity at all.
Add to this
the substantial financial losses caused by the Israeli attacks on
civilian homes, flattening hundreds of them. The losses of homes
destroyed completely are estimated at 231 million dollars, and those
destroyed partially at 154 million dollars, in addition to the damage
losses of thousands of other homes.
29 health facilities were targeted, causing damage to some, while
others had to be shut down. 13 hospitals were targeted; three of which
were shut down and the rest were significantly damaged. Seven primary
health care centres were also targeted, in addition to nine ambulances
is expressing concerns over the Israeli army's attempt to find a cover
for its massacres by targeting vital infrastructures linking the Gaza
Strip to the outside world. Due to the severe damage caused to the
terrestrial and cellular communications and internet infrastructure, the
Palestinian Telecommunication Group (PalTel) has announced that a large
part of its landline and cellular networks and internet services have
been interrupted and disrupted as a result of the destruction of Gaza's
power plant and fuel shortage. Also, 85% of the cellular communications
network – Jawwal in the Gaza Strip has been also disrupted, and the
network may fully stop functioning within 48 hours at the latest.
Observer for Human Rights has issued preliminary statistics for the
outcome of the Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip as of midnight
of the 24th day of the Israeli offensive. The number of people killed
Thursday is 80 people, including 12 children, and 18 women, bringing the
total number of deaths to 1,4400 people, including 321 children and 181
Due to the
heavy bombardment of the Gaza Strip, which has intensified considerably
in recent days, the number of people injured today is 645, including 82
children and 68 women, bringing the number of people wounded since the
beginning of the assault to 8,114 people, including 2,511 children and
the Israeli army carried out 4,978 attacks, including 345 airstrikes,
1,343 naval shells and 3,290 artillery shells, raising the number of
attacks carried out by the Israeli army since the beginning of the
offensive to 55,743 attacks, including 6,663 airstrikes, 15,209 naval
shells and 33,871 artillery shells.
armed forces have also continued targeting houses and civil facilities
at an increasing pace. According to Thursday statistics, 608 houses were
targeted, including 76 houses were completely destroyed, and 532 houses
were partially destroyed, and thus the number of houses that have been
targeted since the beginning of the offensive increases to 9,245 houses,
including 1,537 that have been completely destroyed and 7,708 that have
been partially destroyed.
to that, places of worship have been also targeted. With the ongoing
offensive, the Israeli forces have been deliberately targeting mosques.
According to the Euro-Mid, the Israeli warplanes on Thursday targeted
nine mosques, four of which were completely destroyed, and the rest were
partially damaged. This brings the number of mosques that have been
targeted since the beginning of the offensive to 102 mosques, 30 of
which were destroyed completely. Moreover, the Israeli army targeted and
partially destroyed three hospitals, bringing the number of hospitals
targeted since the beginning of the aggression to 21.
facilities have not been spared by the Israeli attacks either. On
Thursday morning, the Israeli army bombed Al Maghazi Girls School run by
UNRWA in the central district of the Gaza Strip, bringing the number of
schools targeted directly to 7, and the number of UNRWA's facilities
affected to 100.
beginning of the assault on Gaza, the Israeli forces have targeted more
than eight water and sanitation stations providing services to more than
700,000 civilians. In addition to that, 147 schools have been damaged
as a result of the Israeli assault.
confirms that thousands of Palestinians have been forced to flee their
houses due to the ongoing and the indiscriminate Israeli artillery
shelling of the border areas. As of Thursday evening, more than 247,000
people have been displaced as a result of their houses being bombed and
blown up by Israeli airstrikes. Nearly half of them fled to dozens of
schools run by UNRWA, which have not bee much safer either, as two UNRWA
schools were targeted directly, leading to the death and the injury of
dozens. Since the beginning of the ground operation, the Gaza Strip has
been under heavy and random attacks by jet fighters, naval warships, and
artillery shells that target civilian houses in particular.
Observer for Human Rights is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights
organization dedicated to exposing human rights violations and defending
human rights.The Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights’ headquarters is based in Geneva, Switzerland, with regional offices in the Middle-East.