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68 Palestinian families have had 3 or more members killed

The Kelani family

The Kelani family. All seven were killed on July 22

This fact sheet was just posted at the Institute for Middle East Understanding, under the heading, “Israel’s Mass Killing of Palestinian Families in Gaza.”

According to the United Nations, at least 68 Palestinian families in Gaza have had three or more members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident since Israel began its current assault on Gaza on July 7, for a total of 360 people. In its daily Gaza emergency report on July 30, the UN expressed deep concern at the “alarming number” of such incidents.

For journalists covering this story, the IMEU offers the following partial list of incidents in which Palestinian families have lost four or more members killed by Israeli attacks in Gaza since the current assault on Gaza began. To date, Israel has killed approximately 1400 people in Gaza during its current assault, approximately 75% of them civilians according to the UN, including more than 250 children.

  • On July 26:

    • Shortly before a 12-hour ceasefire came into effect, at least 20 members of the Al-Najar family were killed, including 11 children, and many others wounded when their home was attacked by the Israeli military in southern Gaza. According toreports, they had been trapped inside the home since Thursday.

    • The bodies of 11 members of the Hilo family were pulled from the rubble of their home in Shejaiya, which was bombarded by the Israeli military a week before. According to a relative, they had received phone calls and leaflets from the Israeli military on July 29 telling them to leave, but that shelling had already begun and they didn’t think it was safe to leave.
  • On July 24:

    • The Israeli military killed at least ten members of the al-Astal family, including three children, in two separate attacks on civilian homes in Khan Younis in southern Gaza. According to the UN, in one of the incidents, Israeli forces fired on civilians attempting to aid the survivors of the initial strike. At least six other members of the al-Astal family have been killed by the Israeli military in the past week.

    • Israeli forces killed five members of the Abu Aita family, including an eleven-year-old boy in Jabalia in northern Gaza. The dead were 67-year-old Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Aita, 65-year-old Jamila Salim Abu Aita, 30-year-old Ahmad Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Aita, and 11-year-old Adham Ahmad Abu Aita.
  • On July 21:
  • On July 18:
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3 Responses

  1. Justpassingby on July 31, 2014, 4:24 pm

    How many here actually try to change this situation beside commenting here?
    You inform people? Put up stickers? Distribute pamflets? Writing comments in the daily news?
    Problem with Mondoweiss and other sites that there are a well informed people but if we are stuck here no change will be accomplished.

  2. Kay24 on July 31, 2014, 5:35 pm

    US and UN announce a humanitarian cease fire.

  3. Kay24 on July 31, 2014, 6:12 pm

    We can only hope that deaths such as we are seeing and reading about, will cease with some kind of agreement by both sides. The Palestinian factions must get their act together, show a united front, and push for their rights and freedom. This cannot go on, and these poor civilians cannot keep going through this hell anymore. Israel must stop the greed for lands and resources, and again, it is up to the US to stop this.
    Israel seem to disregard the UN and any other entity by breaking international laws.
    BDS is the only way to stop the violence.

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