Overview August 2020

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In the month of August 2020 Staat van Beleg could list 789 human rights violations (and 143 reports/analyses). (see our archive and the monthly violations reports of the Negotiations Affairs Department). This month we write about the 20 nighttime air attacks by the Israeli air force on Gaza.

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On the evening of 13 August Tel Aviv City Hall was lit up with the flag of the United Arab Emirates as Israel and the Emirates announced full diplomatic ties. Just a couple of hours after the announcement Israeli warplanes launched a number of air raids on different targets in the Gaza Strip.

This was not the first air attack in August and many would follow. In most of the cases the Israeli army was retaliating to the launching of flammable balloons from the Gaza Strip into nearby Israeli settlements and in some cases it was in reaction to rockets fired from Gaza. The balloons were launched in protest at the Israeli refusal to implement all articles of the agreement to ease the blockade on Gaza.

Gradually Israel imposed a number of other punitive measures such as closing Kerem Shalom, the sole commercial crossing for Gaza, closing the Gaza’s fisher zone, and barring entry of fuel. On 18 August Gaza’s sole power plant was completely shut down. The Gaza Energy Authority estimates that the electricity deficit will increase to 75% without a functioning Gaza power station, plunging the electricity supply to Gazans to as low as three to four hours a day. Here we have to realize that since the 19th of August air raids were carried out in darkness. This certainly adds to an already traumatic air attack.

Since we witnessed a scandalous lack of media attention we recalled the events by date. 

“Whilst the world still focuses on the non-Story publicity stunt, called “UAE-Israel normalization” – which happened long ago informally – the International Community remains completely silent on what is happening to the people of Gaza. The media also is almost completely silent and when it does mention Gaza’s suffering it repeats the Israeli regime propaganda talking points almost verbatim.”

– Robert Inlakesh, journalist, writer and political analyst

3 August

The Israeli Air Force fired several missiles into areas in Khan Younis and Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, causing damage. An Israeli drone fired at least two missiles into an area, west of Khan Younis. The same site was targeted again, shortly after the first strike, by Israeli F16 fighter jets. The site, which is apparently run by an armed resistance group, sustained damage, before fire and rescue teams rushed to the area. In addition, an Israeli drone fired a missile into a farmland east of the al-Qarara town, northeast of Khan Younis. Furthermore, the army fired at least one missile into another site, located west of Rafah, causing serious damage.

7 August

The Israeli Air Force fired several missiles into an area in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, causing damage. Israeli fighter jets fired missiles at a site, apparently used by an armed resistance group in Beit Lahia, causing damage to several buildings, including nearby homes.

9 August

Israeli soldiers fired several artillery shells into Palestinian farmlands, and a site believed to be run by an armed resistance group, east of Deir al-Balah, in the central part of the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli shells were fired from the Kissufim military base, across the perimeter fence, southeast of Deir al-Balah. The shells landed and exploded in farmlands, and a site, believed to be run by an armed resistance group. The shells caused excessive damage and fire but did not lead to casualties.

10 August

The Israeli Air Force fired missiles into a building in Beit Lahia town, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The attack led to excessive property damage but did not lead to casualties. The army said it targeted an observation post run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

12 August

Israeli warplanes bombed several sites in the besieged Gaza Strip, with no reported casualties. Airstrikes targeted a resistance site in the west of Gaza City and a swath of land in the east of Rafah, south of the Strip. Other air raids targeted an observation post belonging to the resistance in al-Nahda neighborhood in Rafah and a field control point in the east of Gaza City. Some material damage reportedly happened in the bombed areas.

13 August

The Israeli Air Force fired many missiles into several parts of the Gaza Strip, causing damage to many buildings, including twenty homes and at least one school, in addition to targeting farmlands. The army fired at least three missiles into a post, reportedly run by an armed resistance group in Gaza, in addition to another post in the central district, and a security center in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza. They added that the soldiers fired more missiles into a post in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, and farmlands in the Sofa area in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli missiles also caused damage to more than twenty Palestinian homes, west of Gaza city; there have been no immediate reports of injuries.

14 August

Israeli warplanes launched a number of air raids on different targets in the Gaza Strip at dawn Friday. The aerial raids targeted a deserted land lot near Gaza City while two others targeted two resistance sites in Khan Younis to the south of Gaza Strip. The warplanes targeted two other resistance sites in Rafah to the southernmost of Gaza Strip. No casualties were suffered.

15 August

Israeli soldiers fired many missiles into many areas in the besieged Gaza Strip, wounding four two women, one of them pregnant, and two children, in several parts of the Gaza Strip. Medical sources said Israeli missiles struck farmlands, and a few homes, in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, causing excessive damage, and wounding two women, including one who is pregnant. They added that a child, only three years of age, suffered wounds to her head and face, when the soldiers fired missiles into farmlands, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza. Another child, eleven years of age, was also injured when the soldiers fired more missiles into al-Boreij. Furthermore, Israeli drones fired missiles into farmlands east of al-Boreij, and an observation post run by a resistance group and a security post, in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza. Families that had to leave their homes during the bombing said that they were just trying to save themselves, to save their children, after the Israeli missiles struck their homes, and areas near them, and had to run not even knowing where to, as more missiles and shells continued to be fire by the army.

One of the injured children. Credits: Ali Jadallah

16 August

Israeli warplanes launched a number of missiles at Palestinian civilian areas in the northern, southern and eastern part of Gaza. The areas hit include Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, Beit Lahia, in the north, and al-Boreij refugee camp, in eastern Gaza. Dozens of injuries have been reported.

Palestinian medical sources have reported that five residents were injured, on Saturday at night, by live rounds fired by Israeli soldiers, stationed in a military base across the perimeter fence, east of Gaza city. The incidents took place while the army also fired several missiles into various parts of the coastal region.

17 August

The Israeli army fired several missiles into two sites in the Gaza Strip, causing damage. Media sources said the army fired many artillery and tank shells into a site, believed to be run by an armed resistance group, east of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza. The attack caused damage to the targeted site, in addition to several surrounding homes and buildings. The army also fired three artillery shells into another site, east of Gaza city, causing damage. On Sunday evening, Israeli soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs at Palestinians on lands near the fence, in Abu Safiyya area, east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. One Palestinian was injured after high-velocity gas bombs struck him in the chest, before he was rushed to a hospital.

18 August

The Israeli Air Force fired several missiles into Palestinian lands, east of Rafah city, in the southern part of the besieged coastal region.The missiles caused excessive property damage to the targeted area, but did not lead to casualties. The soldiers also fired a few artillery shells into Palestinian lands, near Rafah. In addition, the soldiers fired live rounds and shells at a site, north of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, while the Navy fired a few shells into Palestinian waters nearby.

19 August

The Israeli occupation army waged aerial attacks on a Palestinian resistance site in the Gaza Strip, with no reported casualties. Eight Israeli airstrikes targeted the same resistance site in the south of al-Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City. The aerial aggression caused damage to civilian property and panic among families in the bombed area.

20 August

The Israeli occupation army shelled three observation posts in the besieged Gaza Strip, with no reported casualties. According to local sources, the Israeli artillery bombed an observation post in the east of al-Qarara town, east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza. Similar posts were also bombed in the east of Juhor ad-Dik and al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

21 August

A Palestinian farmer was injured when Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes on different areas of the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian farmer was moderately injured when Israeli warplanes fired three missiles at daybreak at an agricultural land east of Khan Yunis City in the southern area of the Gaza Strip. Other airstrikes hit the central and northern areas of the Gaza Strip with no reported casualties.

22 August

The Israeli occupation army shelled two observation points belonging to the Palestinian resistance in the south of the besieged Gaza Strip, with no reported casualties. Israeli tanks behind the security fence opened fire at and then shelled an observation point in the east of Khuza’ah town in the east of Khan Yunis. Another artillery attack also targeted an observation point in the east of Karam Abu Muammar area in Rafah. The artillery shelling caused material damage to the sites.

24 August

Israeli warplanes and tanks stationed at the eastern borderline bombed three targets in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at an agricultural land east of Khan Yunis City. Meanwhile, Israeli tanks near the border fence opened fire at two resistance posts north and south of Khan Yunis. No injuries were reported in the attacks, but the buildings and houses neighboring the bombed targets suffered partial damages.

25 August

Israeli warplanes and tanks bombed different areas in Rafah and Khan Yunis in the southern area of the Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at a Palestinian agricultural land east of Rafah City. At the same time in Khan Yunis, Israeli tanks stationed at the borderline opened fire at two observation posts east of Khan Yunis City. No injuries were reported in the attacks, but the buildings neighboring the bombed targets suffered partial damages.

26 August

Israeli warplanes launched several airstrikes on swaths of agricultural land in Khan Yunis, south of the besieged Gaza Strip, with no reported casualties. An Israeli drone fired two missiles at a swath of cultivated land in az-Zanna area in the east of Khan Yunis before other warplanes targeted the same land with several missiles.

28 August

Israeli warplanes and tanks bombed several targets, mainly agricultural lands and resistance posts, in Gaza and Rafah cities. A few hours later, Israeli warplanes launched new air raids on other targets in Gaza City. Partial damages were reported in the bombed sites and the adjacent buildings, but there were no casualties.

30 August

The Israeli occupation army bombed two resistance sites in the east of the besieged Gaza Strip, with no reported casualties. At least two artillery projectiles targeted two observation posts belonging to the Palestinian resistance in the east of Deir al-Balah city (central Gaza) and the east of Fakhari town (southern Gaza). The sites sustained material damage in the Israeli shelling.

“Netanyahu is keeping the Gaza war option open, in case it becomes his only recourse. Gantz, as Defense Minister and Netanyahu’s rival is, however, enjoying greater political space to maneuver. From August 10, he has ordered his military to bomb Gaza every night. With every bomb dropped on Gaza, Gantz’s credibility among Israeli voters, especially in the south, increases slightly.”

– Ramzy Baroud, journalist and columnist and Editor of Palestine Chronicle. 

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