It is with A humanitarian ceasefire of 72 hours was supposed to begin today at 8:00 AM. Israel, the occupying power, continued its military operations in several areas, including in Rafah, where Israel killed at least 35 Palestinians and injured 100. Right before the ceasefire Israel killed at least 16 Palestinians, as right after the ceasefire took place 4 Palestinians (all of them civilians) were killed by Israeli Forces. It is estimated that 1469 Palestinians were killed and 8400 injured by Israeli Forces before the Rafah massacre. At least 40 Palestinians were killed after the ceasefire took place. The humanitarian crisis is all over the Gaza Strip, and in particular the eastern side that has been occupied by Israeli Forces (44% of the total size of the Gaza Strip). Effects of Israeli bombardments are reflected in the lack of drinking water and the complete or partial interruption of electricity. Hospitals and medical centers continue to be targeted by Israeli forces. UN buildings sheltering refugees continued to be threatened by Israeli Forces, as well as the Roman Catholic Church in Gaza and other centers hosting refugees. Over 250,000 people have been forcibly displaced.
I have been instructed to draw your attention to the most recent horrific incidents of war crimes and State terrorism committed by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied State of Palestine, in particular in the besieged Gaza Strip, where the humanitarian situation has become catastrophic due to Israel’s destructive and deadly military aggression.
Now in its 23rd day, this Israeli war against the occupied and defenseless Palestinian civilian population in Gaza, continues to cause high civilian casualties and massive human suffering. As of the writing of this letter, at least # Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli occupying forces, using all means of lethal weaponry and warfare,
This immense death toll includes approximately ? children, along with ? women and ? elderly persons. In addition, the number of civilians injured, many severely and permanently, continues to rise, bringing the total to at least ? Palestinians injured, including more than ? children, ?women and ? elderly persons.
Below is a list of just a small fraction of the multiple grave violations committed by Israel, the occupying Power, many of them amounting to war crimes, that we are compelled to convey to you, since our last letter on 27 July 2014. Some events prior to our letter, for which information was not available at the time, have also been included.
On 31 July:
Fadel Nader al-Mughazi, 27, was killed when Israeli occupying force warplanes targeted a motorcycle in eastern Rafah.
- Muhammad Daher, who was injured when Israel shelled his Shujaiyya home succumbed to his wounds.
- Five Palestinians were killed in an Israeli occupying force artillery attack that targeted, with several missiles, a group of people in the town of Abasan, southeast of Khan Younes. They were identified as Naji Abu-Mustafa, Hani Abu-Mustafa, Ashraf Au-Tuaima, disabled Falastenie Abu-Tuaima, and Mohamad Foad Khamis an-Najjar.
- Adham Seyam, a child, died of his wounds, which he had sustained in an Israeli bombing on Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, a few days ago.
- 58-year-old Aref Barakah was killed as an Israeli occupying force artillery shell hit his house located in Deir el-Balah, in central Gaza.
- A 23 year-old mother, Maha Abu-Helal, was also killed, whereas her husband and her two children were injured, when an Israeli bombardment targeted her house in al-Jeneneh district in Rafah City in the morning hours.
- Baraa Ibrahim, 19, died of his wounds, sustained in an Israeli occupying force air attack on Nusseirat refugee camp
- 22-year-old Ahmad Loah died of his wounds, which he sustained in an earlier Israeli shelling, while being treated at a hospital.
I should be grateful if you would arrange to have the text of the present letter distributed as a document of the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 5, and of the Security Council.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.
Dr. Riyad Mansour
Ambassador, Permanent Observer
of the State of Palestine to the United Nations