Mohammad Nayef al-Houm

September 28, 2018: Mohammad Nayef al-Houm, 14, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers east of Gaza City while participating in a protest at the border fence between Gaza and Israel. He was one of seven Palestinians, including two children, who were killed by Israeli forces during protests on Friday.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that in addition to the seven Palestinians killed, Israeli soldiers wounded 506 others, including 90 with live fire; three of them suffered serious wounds, during the Great Return March processions, in the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said, “the types of injuries, and the deliberate use of sniper fire against the protesters, reflect one of the bloodiest and most brutal military assaults against the processions in the Gaza Strip, since the massacre of May 14.”

The army killed sixty Palestinians on May 14th, 2018, including six children and four officers of the Ministry of Interior and National Security, in the Gaza Strip, and injured more than 2700. |

Dr. al-Qedra stated that 506 Palestinians suffered various types of injuries, 210 of them were moved to hospitals, and added that 90 of the injured were shot with live fire, including three who suffered life-threatening wounds.

He also said that among the wounded are 35 children, four women, four medics (including one with live fire,) and two journalists.

The soldiers killed Mohammad Ali Mohammad Anshassi, 18, and Nasser Azmi Misbih, 12, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.  

In Gaza city, Israeli army sharpshooters killed Eyad Khalil Ahmad Sha’er, 18, who was killed east of the city, Mohammad Bassam Shakhsa, 24, from the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza city, and Mohammad Waleed Haniyya, 24, from the Shati refugee camp. Their corpses were moved to the Shifa Medical Center, west of Gaza city.

Furthermore, an army sharpshooter killed a child, identified as Mohammad Nayef al-Houm, 14, with a live round in the chest, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, before his corpse was moved to Al-Aqsa Hospital, in Deir al-Balah.

The soldiers also killed Mohammad Ashraf al-Awawda, 23, from the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Thousands of Palestinians participated in the Great Return March procession, along the perimeter fence, across the eastern parts besieged Gaza Strip, for the 24th consecutive Friday, while many burnt tires, and a few managed to cross the fence.

The protesters also managed to down an Israeli drone flying over the Great Return Camp, east of Rafah, in southern Gaza.

The Israeli army said that some protesters flew flammable balloons, across the perimeter fence.

The soldiers also fired several tank shells at observation posts, run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, east of Gaza city.

Over 180 Palestinians have been killed and thousands others injured since the outbreak of the Gaza border protests, on March 30. The protests call for ending the 12-year-long Israeli blockade of Gaza and for the right of return of the refugees.

Over 17,000 Palestinians have been wounded – 4,000 of them with live ammunition fired by Israeli soldiers toward the demonstrators.

Mohammad was from the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza. Source: IMEMC

‘Abdullah Ayman Irmeilat

February 17, 2018: ‘Abdullah Ayman Salim Irmeilat, 15, was killed by an Israeli airstrike and artillery shelling in al-Shokah village, east of the city of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

‘Abdullah was walking in the village with a group of teens when an Israeli military jet dropped a bomb, and the soldiers fired artillery shells from tanks stationed at the border, killing ‘Abdullah and his friend, Salem Mohammad Sabbah, 17, and wounding two other children.

The bombing was immediately criticized by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, (PCHR) as well as international human rights groups, as a ‘war crime’ by Israel and a clear violation of the obligations of an occupying power under international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The children hit by the bomb were all teens under the age of 18, none of whom was associated in any way with any fighting group.

Investigations conducted by the PCHR emphasize that the shelling violates the principle of distinction and military necessity, and use of force was unjustifiable, noting that the two killed children and the other wounded were unarmed civilians who did not carry out any act that would endanger the life of Israeli soldiers.

Salim Mahmoud Abu Safra, 16, survived the airstrike, and was injured in the leg. He told the WAFA News Agency, “We were studying together for school. But then the lights went out. There was no electricity for us to continue our studying. We began walking in the neighborhood near Rafah. We thought the area where we were walking was safe, and had no idea that Israel would be targeting us. Why would they target us?”

He was hit by shrapnel in his leg, he said that he had to crawl away to get under cover. Finally an ambulance arrived a number of hours later, and took him to the Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital. He was then moved to the Gaza European Hospital, which is where he received word that two of his friends were killed in the airstrike.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 21:30 on Saturday, 17 February 2018, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israeli near al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City, fired around 10 artillery shells and opened fire at 4 Palestinian children.

Shrapnel of artillery shells and live bullets hit the four children in various parts of their bodies. Two of them were immediately transferred to Abu Yousef An-Najar Hospital in Rafah City as they ran to the west until the medical staffs evacuated them. The doctors described their condition as moderate while the medical crews could not reach the two other children as it was very late and increasingly dangerous.

At approximately 06:15 on Sunday, 18 February 2018, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance crews managed to access the area and transfer the bodies of the two children.

Medics of the Palestinian Red Crescent said that they evacuated two wounded children, and could not find the two other children. However, in the morning, they could evacuate their bodies that were 30 to 50 meters away from the border fence with Israel. They added that the two children died after being hit with shrapnel throughout their bodies.

‘Abdullah was from al-Shokah village, east of the city of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Dalal Theeb Lulah

December 29, 2017: Dalal Theeb Lulah, 9, died at an Israeli military roadblock south of Nablus when Israeli forces prevented her from reaching the hospital while she was suffering a respiratory attack.

On 29 December 2017 at approximately 3:00 pm, Dalal started having shortness of breath. This recurring condition, related to her cerebral atrophy that was diagnosed at age three, requires her family to immediately transfer her to a hospital in Nablus city.

Accordingly, her mother, grandmother, father, and uncle immediately left the house with her, and seven minutes later, the family arrived to the checkpoint at the northern entrance of ‘Awarta.

An Israeli military jeep had blocked the road and five fully armed soldiers were standing near the gate at the checkpoint which was shut. Several cars had attempted to enter the village, but they were unable to, due to the closing of the gate.

Dalal’s uncle, Yasser As’ad Lulah, 41, who was driving the car, decided to approach the soldiers. The soldiers immediately pointed their machine guns at the car, which was approximately 15 meters away.

Yasser responded by waving at the soldiers to approach the car. Yasser explained to one of the soldiers Dalal’s condition and the need to transfer her to hospital immediately. The soldier responded that they were not allowed to pass through the gate. The family repeatedly pleaded with the soldiers to no avail.

Approximately half an hour later, Yasser decided to try the Huwwara checkpoint at the southern entrance of ‘Awarta. At Huwwara, confrontations had erupted between the Israeli soldiers and the Palestinian youth. There was tear gas and congested traffic. Dozens of cars had lined up to try and cross the checkpoint into Nablus. However, Israeli military jeeps had blocked the road about 50 meters from the checkpoint.

After an hour of waiting at the closed checkpoint, trying to convince the soldiers to allow their car to pass, the family managed to cross Huwwara checkpoint and headed towards the Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus. By then, Dalal had lost consciousness and white foam was coming out of her mouth.

She was admitted to the emergency room where doctors tried to resuscitate her in vain. The doctors stated that Dalal had died about an hour before arriving to the hospital. After announcing her death, the Palestinian authorities carried out an autopsy which is expected in the coming two weeks.

Dalal was unable to have access to medical assistance due to Israel’s establishment of checkpoints and road closures. While restrictions on freedom of movement impact all Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories. In Dalal’s case, her rights to the highest attainable standard of health and her right to life were both violated.

These rights are enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR),the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),4 the Convention on the Rights of the Child5 and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

As the Occupying Power, Israel is obliged to respect, protect, and fulfil the right of the protected population in its jurisdiction to the highest attainable standard of health. Israel is required to facilitate access to all medical service and attention in time of sickness.

Al Haq Human Rights Center issued a statement following Dalal’s death describing the discriminatory policies and practices on the ground against Palestinians, which limit and often deny access to medical care and health facilities. The Center reported that Israel repeatedly denied Palestinians, including children and adolescents, from accessing health care, resulting in their death.

Dalal was from ‘Awarta, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Israa’ Abu Khusa

IsraaKhousaMarch 12, 2016: Israa’ Suleiman Abu Khusa, 6, was killed by an Israeli airstrike targeting different parts of the Gaza Strip. A missile struck her family’s home, seriously wounding her, and she later died of her wounds.

Her brother, Yassin, 10, was instantly killed in the attack. Their brother, Ayyoub, 13, was also injured in the attack.

The children were in their home, near a building that was targeted by the Israeli Air Force with at least one missile in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Medics and rescue teams rushed to the scene, and moved the wounded siblings to the Indonesian Hospital, in Beit Lahia. Source: IMEMC

Yassin Abu Khusa

AbuKhousaMarch 12, 2016: Yassin Suleiman Abu Khusa, 9, was killed by Israeli airstrikes targeting different parts of northern Gaza.

His sister, Israa’, 6, died from her wounds, and his brother Ayyoub, 13, was also injured in the attack.

The children were in their home, near a building that was targeted by the Israeli Air Force with at least one missile in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Medics and rescue teams rushed to the scene, and moved the wounded siblings to the Indonesian Hospital, in Beit Lahia.Source: IMEMC

Qussai Abu ar-Rob

February 21, 2016: Qussai Thiab Abu ar-Rob, 16, was killed by Israeli soldiers near the Beita village junction south of Nablus, after the soldiers fired ten live rounds at the teen who reportedly carried a knife and ran towards the soldiers. Qussai was from Qabatia town near the northern West Bank city of Jenin. Source: IMEMC

Naim Safi

February 14, 2016: Naim Ahmad Yousef Safi, 16, was killed by Israeli soldiers as he was trying to cross a military roadblock near Bethlehem, after the soldiers accused him of “attempting to stab one of them.” Naim was from al-‘Obeydiyya town, east of Bethlehem. Source: IMEMC

Nihad Wakid

February 14, 2016: Nihad Raed Mohammad Wakid, 15, was shot by Israeli soldiers near the Annexation Wall section west of Jenin. The soldiers also shot Fuad Wakid, 15, and prevented local medics from approaching the two wounded children, leaving them bleeding on the ground for two hours. Nihad was from the al-‘Arqa village, west of Jenin. Source: IMEMC