campaign of "hitting Palestinians hard so they feel the
12 Mar., 2002
evening, 11 March 2002, Israeli troops launched large-scale
offensives on Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and on
the West Bank town of Ramallah including Al Bireh. The attacks
exacted a heavy death toll from the Palestinian civilian population.
In Jabalya refugee camp alone Israeli soldiers killed 17 Palestinians
in one day.
11 March 2002, at around 11.25 p.m., Israeli infantry and
armored corps started an incursion into Ramallah and Al Bireh,
which was described as the largest offensive since the start
of the Israeli attacks against Palestinian refugee camps.
to information gathered by LAW, Israeli troops raided Ramallah
from the north, the south, the east and the west and reoccupied
the town. They shelled civilian homes and clashed with Palestinian
policemen and security officers killing five of them. In addition,
ten Palestinian police and security officers were wounded
when Israeli troops opened fire at the area around the Palestinian
Legislative Council. They were left to bleed to death as Israeli
troops barred ambulances from evacuating them.
the incursion, Israeli troops occupied Palestinian civilian
homes. From there they positioned their guns and pointed them
at the Al Amari and Qadura refugee camps. Occupied homes include
the residence of the Mayor of Al Bireh, the Shihab building
adjacent to the presidential compound and Al Rahman building
at the Ain Areek-Betunia junction as well as a hospital of
the Palestinian Red Crescent Society's, which is under construction.
In a punitive action, Israeli troops demolished the family
house of Wafa Idris house in Al Amari refugee camp. Wafa Idris
committed a suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem some weeks ago.
troops have also prevented ambulances from evacuating the
wounded and have attacked hospitals. On 12 March 2002, at
around 10 am, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society Maternity
Hospital in Al Bireh was shelled. The hospital director reported
that four floors were extensively damaged. Moreover, Ramallah
and Sheikh Zayid Hospitals have been placed under siege.
Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR),
reported that on 11 March 2002, at 10.10 p.m. Israeli infantry
and armored corps as well as gunships raided Jabalya refugee
camp. They opened fire on any moving object in the camp killing
17 Palestinians including two brothers and a man and his son.
told PCHR that Israeli troops positioned on top of Ismail
Salem's house opened fire on civilians in the area killing
55-year-old Abdul Rahman Iziddin and his son Walid (35), who
was killed as he tried to rescue his wounded father. Several
metal molding workshops were destroyed and security posts
were bulldozed to the ground. More than 50 people were injured
in the Israeli offensive.
four Palestinians were killed this morning, 12 March 2002,
in Ma'an, East Khan Yunis, when Israeli gunships shelled a
metal molding workshop.
gunships also shelled Salem Ashor's air-conditioning workshop
and the Latin School in Gaza.
Al Balah, Israeli gunboats opened fire on a Palestinian naval
post killing Ahmad Ahmad, 25, and wounding four.
calls on the international community to take effective measures
in order to protect the rights and lives of Palestinians in
the Occupied Palestinian Territories including East Jerusalem,
specifically to send an independent, effective protection
force to the area.
on the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention
to comply with their obligations to ensure respect for the
Convention, for example by taking action to prosecute grave
breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention (war crimes).
on the European Union, which is a vital trading partner for
Israel, to suspend its Association Agreement with Israel as
a means of pressuring Israel into compliance with basic norms
of human rights and international humanitarian law.