Geneva – The Israeli forces has killed and maimed many Palestinians in deliberate targeting of unprotected homes with families
inside in inhumane military operations, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said.
Since the beginning of the current Israeli bombing blitz, the Israeli forces targeted 27 families: sixteen homes of
families were bombed and destroyed with families being inside; two civil gatherings of family members were targeted; a
man and his wife were stuck inside their car; and a man and his son were targeted in an agricultural land.
So far, the reported incidents have left 78 Palestinians killed, including 30 children and 22 women.
The victims include husbands and wives, mothers and siblings. Three mothers were also reportedly killed along with their
three or four children.
The death toll is expected to rise as many victims are still buried under the ruins due to the difficulties faced by the
One of the the most horrific crimes was on Sunday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m., when the Israeli warplanes fired about 50
missiles at buildings, residential homes, and roads in the Al-Rimal neighborhood, west of Gaza City. The raids targeted
a residential building belonging to Abu Al-Awf family, another for the Al-Kulak family, and the Ministry of Labor
headquarters. The missiles killed 42 civilians, including 10 children and 16 women, while 50 others were wounded,
including eight children, and 15 women.
This horrific attack came a day after Israeli warplanes committed a massacre by targeting Alaa Muhammad Abdel-Al Abu
Hatab's home in Shati refugee camp, northwest of Gaza City, by at least six rockets.
The home was completely destroyed without prior notice. Abu Hatab's family was killed including his wife, their four
children, his sister and her three children who fled their home due to the heavy bombing in east Gaza. Another child
remains missing, only a five-month-old infant has survived the deadly attack.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, since last Monday, 10 May, 192 people have been killed, including 58
children and 34 women, while 1,235 have been wounded. The number is expected to increase as search and rescue operations
The attack was not an isolated incident but another example of Israeli’s systematic policy that we have witnessed over
the past six days.
In 2014, Euro-Med Monitor documented 144 incidents where at least two or more of the same family were killed. The
victims' number reached 750 at that time.
The reported attacks are part of hundreds of Israeli air raids that destroyed 719 residential units and partially
destroyed at least 4,000 homes and facilities in 2014 attack.
The chart below includes a list of the victims killed between Monday, May 10, 2021, to Sunday, May 16, 2021 (19:00).RegionDateDetailsVictimsJabalia10MayAgricultural land bombingSaber Ibrahim Mahmoud Suleiman, 38, and his son Muhammad, 151Beit Hanoun10 MayTargeting a group of peopleIbrahim Yusef Atallah Al-Masry, 11, and his brother Marwan, six years old2Beit Hanoun10 MayTargeting a group of peopleAhmed Muhammad Atallah Al-Masry, 20, and his sister, Rahaf, 103Gaza11 May
Home bombingAmira Abd al-Fattah Abd al-Rahman Subuh, 58, and her son, Abd al-Rahman Yusef Ali Subuh, 194Gaza11 May
Home bombingIyad Fathi Fayeq Shrair, 45, his wife Layali Taha Abbas Shrair, 41, and their daughter Linah, 165Dair Al Balah11 MayA farm bombingMunther Abdul Karim Muhammad Baraka, 21, and his brother Manar, 18, were killed6Gaza11 MayCar bombingNader Muhammad al-Ghazali, 47, and his nephew, Abd al-Salam Mahmoud Nabih al-Ghazali, 287Gaza12 MayA home bombingRima Saad Kamel Saad “Al-Telbani”, 31, and her son, Zaid Muhammad Oudeh Al-Telbani, five years old8Gaza12 May
Saeed Hashem Saeed Al-Hattu, 67, and his wife Maysoon Zaki Hashem Al-Hatu, 55
His two sons Muhammad and Yara were injured.9Khan Younes12 MayHome bombing
Miami Abdullah Musa Arafa, 49, and her daughter Hadeel Khaled Mahmoud Arafa, 28
Her father was wounded.10North of Gaza13 May
Abd al-Rahim Muhammad Abdullah al-Madhoun, 62, and his wife Halima Ali Muhammad al-Madhoun, 65
Seven citizens are still missing and 33 citizens were injured.11North of Gaza13 MayHome bombingRa'fat Muhammad Ismail Ata al-Tanani, 39; his wife, Rawya Fathi Hassan al-Tanani, 36; and their children, Ismail, seven
years old, Adham, four years old, Amir, six years old, and Muhammad, three years old12Al-Bureij camp13 MayHome bombingManar Khader Ahmad Issa (Salama), 39, and her daughter, Lina Muhammad Mahmoud Issa, 1313Rafah13 MayHome bombingHoor Moamen Jamal Al-Zamili, three years old, and her mother Kholoud Fouad Farhan Al-Zamili, 27, who was
six-month-pregnant14Rafah13 MayHome bombing
Siham Yusef Muhammad al-Rantisi, 66, her grandson Ibrahim Muhammad Ibrahim al-Rantisi,2, her son Raed Ibrahim Khamis
al-Rantisi, 29, and his wife Shaima Diab Muhammad al-Rantisi, 21
15 civilians were wounded.15North Gaza14 MayHome bombingLamia Hassan Muhammad Al-Attar, 27, and her three children, Islam Muhammad Mahmoud Al-Attar, 8, Amira, seven years old,
and Muhammad Zain Al-Dinwho is eight-month-old.16North Gaza14 MayHome bombing
Fayza Ahmed Muhammad Salama, 45
Her husband and son were injured.17North Gaza14 MayHome bombingAhmed Hatem Mahmoud Al-Mansi, 34, and his brother Yusef, 2218Gaza15 May
Yasmin Muhammad Khamis Abu Hatab, 31, and four of her children: Yusef, 11, Maryam, eight years old, Bilal, nine years
old , and Yamen, six years old.
The children's aunt Maha Muhammad Abdel-Al Abu Hatab (Al-Hadidi), 35, and three of her children: Osama, six years old,
Abdel-Rahman and Suhaib, both 13, and Muhammad Subhi al-Hadidi. Her 11-year-old child, Yahya, is still missing under the
Their 5-month-old baby brother has survived the attack.
Others from the second family are still under the rubble.19Gaza16 May
Home bombingAyman Tawfiq Ismail Abu Al-Auf, 50, a doctor, and his two children: Tawfiq, 17, and Tala, 13.20.Gaza16 May
Home bombingAbeer Nimer Ali Ashkuntna, 30, and three of her children: Yahya, 5, Dana, 9, and Zain, 2. In addition to Riad Hassan
Home bombingReem Khalil Ahmad Abu Al-Auf, 41, and her cousin, Rawan Alaa Sobhi Abu Al-Auf, 19.22.Gaza16 May
Home bombingFawaz Amin Muhammad al-Qulaq, 63, and four of his children, including two women: Abdul Hamid, 23, Reham, 33, Bahaa, 49,
Sameh, 28, and his wife, Ayat Ibrahim Khalil al-Qulq, 19, and their child, Qusay, 6 months.23.Gaza16 May
Home bombingAmal Jamil Salama Al-Qalaq, 42, and three of her sons: Taher, 24, Ahmed, 16, and Hanaa, 15, Shukri Amin Al-Qalaq.24.Gaza16 May
Home bombingMuhammad Mu'in Muhammad al-Qulaq, 42, his brother Izzat, 44, and his two children: Zaid, 8, and Adam, 3.25.Gaza16 May
Home bombingRaja Sobhi Abu Al-Auf (Al-Afranji) and her four children, Dima, Yazan, Amir, Mira, and Rami Al-Franji.26.Gaza16 May
Home bombingDoaa Omar Abdullah Al-Qulaq, 39, and her elderly relative, Saadia Yusef Daher al-Qulaq, 84.27.
Israel continues its systematic policy, which targets residential buildings and densely populated neighborhoods. The
Israeli government disregards the international humanitarian laws and takes advantage of the international community's
failure to hold it accountable for its violations.
Article 25 of the 1899 Hague Regulations provides: “The attack or bombardment of towns, villages, habitations or
buildings which are not defended, is prohibited.”
Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention also states that "Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal
property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or
to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by
According to Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the unjustified destruction of properties is considered a
grave breach of the Convention. It is also considered a war crime according to Article 8 (2) (b) of the International
Criminal Court (ICC)
The international community's silence and the European Union’s negative position towards the ICC's investigation into
the war crimes carried out in the occupied territories gave Israel the green light to continue with its escalated
violations against Palestinians.
All acting powers should work to end Israeli’s aggressive offensive on the people of Gaza and act immediately to stop
the military operations that are claiming more civilian lives every hour.
The ICC should monitor the ongoing Israeli violations in the Gaza Strip, include them in their recent investigations
into Israel’s previous violations, and hold Israeli leaders and soldiers accountable.