Twelve Palestinians killed in 24 hours -- human rights org Law 8/22/2007 PM
The Palestinian Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights accused on Wednesday Israel of escalating its military aggression in Gaza Strip which witnessed the demise of 12 Palestinians in the last 24 hours. The center said in a statement that two of the 12 Palestinian victims were children who were in direct shelling at Biet Hanoun, north of Gaza, emphasizing Israel's continuous policy of targeting children. Last Monday evening, Israeli forces also killed six Palestinians in Al-Buraij camp and yesterday, three other Palestinian youth were targeted by a missile in Al-Qararah area, it said.
The center added that last night, an Israeli land-to-land missile was fired north of Biet Hanoun, killing two boys, 11-year-old Fadi Al-Kafarnah and 12-year-old Abdul-Qader Ashour, while injuring Ahmad AlBe'e, 13, in the left leg.
The center also mentioned the arrest of eight fishermen today, among them five Palestinians under the age of 18. It condemned the ongoing Israeli escalation in Gaza, including premeditated and unlawful killings of Palestinians.
Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights is a Palestinian non-governmental, non-partisan organization based in the refugee camp of Jabalia in Gaza Strip.