DAY 45: ATTACK ON MARY ROBINSON
ISRAELIS CONTINUE AGGRESSION: 3 DIE AND TENS INJURED
12 NOVEMBER 2000 19:30 GMT + 3
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson is
currently visiting the occupied territories. This afternoon, she visited
the Tel Armeida area of Hebron, a bloc of Jewish settlements in the area of
the Old City under full Israeli control. During her visit, Israeli settlers
attacked journalists in her delegation. As she and her delegation were
leaving, while they were still in the area of Hebron under Israeli control
(H2), shots were fired at her car. The car was hit, but no injuries were
reported. It is not clear at this time whether the shots were fired by
Israeli soldiers or settlers.
At 11:30 this morning, Israeli occupation forces began random shooting,
bombing and shelling in residential areas of Beit Jala, the Aida Refugee
Camp and el Khader village in the Bethlehem area, as well as Rafah and Tel
el Sultan in the Gaza Strip. Israel used helicopter gunships and fired
shells and heavy machine gun fire from tanks. So far, 16 civilians,
including 3 children, have been wounded; one of the children is in critical
condition: Jad Allah Khamashta (12) from Beit Jala, received chest and head
wounds. The attack also caused extensive damage to 8 homes, one of them
catching fire. Four cars were damaged, two of them destroyed completely.
The attack also damaged parts of the Arab Orthodox Sports Club and an olive
press in Beit Jala.
According the LAW documentation, Israelis opened fire from Gilo settlement
west of Beit Jala and from a DCO army outpost north of the town, as well as
from helicopter gunships.
Reportedly, a settler opened fire today at school children at Taqou'a,
of Bethlehem, wounding 2 students, 1 critically: Amer el Badan (16)
received 2 gunshots in his legs.
Clashes between Palestinian demonstrators also broke out in the West
and Gaza Strip; 1 Palestinian has been killed and 42 have been injured,
including 23 wounded by live ammunition in the West Bank cities of Hebron,
Tulkarem and el Bireh, and Beit Hanun and the Erez crossing in the Gaza
Strip. At the Erez crossing, Mahmound Naji Abu Naji (15), from Sheikh
Radwan in the Gaza Strip, was killed by 2 live bullets in his chest.
Said el Masri (16), from Beit Hanun, was wounded by a shot in the chest.
Officials at Dar el Shifa hospital in Gaza today announced the death
Ayman el Wadi (17), from Kahn Yunis, due to injuries he sustained from a
gunshot wound to his head on 8 November 2000.
Information from Last Night, 11 October 2000 Last night (11 October)
occupation forces shelled residential areas in el Bireh (near Ramallah),
Nablus, Toulkarem, Jenin and Jericho with tanks. Two Palestinians were
killed and 16 more injured in the attacks; extensive property damage was
Two Palestinians, Osama el-Bawab (28) and Majid Radwan (32), were killed
Israeli forces positioned at the Psagot settlement fired nine artillery
shells at Wadi al Jinan residential area in el Bireh. Five others were
wounded; 1 is in critical condition. Israel also fired tank-mounted machine
guns into apartment blocks near City Inn Hotel at
the northern entrance to Ramallah.
In the Jabal el Shamali residential area in Nablus, Israeli occupation
forces shelled homes and other buildings. Haifa el Shakhsheer (60) and
Raghad el Aish (4) both suffered head injuries; Ra'ed Macklouf (16) suffered
injuries to his leg; and Basil Inab (16) sustained chest wounds. One house,
belonging to Sabi'e el Aish and home to 5 people, was directly hit by an
artillery shell fired from tanks positioned at Jabal Jirzeem. The shell
destroyed the upper part of the house and its contents.
Nine artillery shells were fired at the western quarter of Tulkarem,
wounding 7 Palestinians and destroying their homes. The electricity network
was destroyed. Shells were fired at the Jerusalem Road in Jericho from the
nearby Alisha'a settlement.
Shells were also fired in the eastern quarters of Jenin and the nearby
village of el Zababdi, destroying the electricity network.
In light of the above and the serious and ongoing escalation of violence
the Israeli military, LAW again demands the immediate implementation of all
UN resolutions concerning the conflict, and for international protection for
the Palestinian people in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the
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Environment is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to preserving human
rights through legal advocacy. LAW is affiliate to the International
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