MEMO’s Diary of War Crimes: First anniversary DAY TWO 28Dec09 December 28, 2009

MEMO Middle East Monitor

Sunday, 28th December 2008 – Day Two

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For a second consecutive day, IOF continued the bombardment of security posts, public institutions and the civilian facilities (houses, workshops, medicine warehouses and media institutions). More than half a million school children were denied access to their schools. Israeli warplanes bombed two flats on the 4th and 7th floors of al-Azhar and al-Ta’aleem apartment buildings respectively in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza City, damaging them heavily.

Al-Aqsa Satellite Channel headquarters, located in al-Naser Street, was also bombed. Additionally, Israeli warplanes bombarded a part of the Saraya security complex which was also targeted on the first day. The complex contains Gaza Central Priso jail. Al-Borno mosque, located near al-Shifa Hospital in the centre of Gaza City and the Izziddin al-Qassam Mosque in New ‘Aabssan village in Khan Yunis were also bombarded.

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In Rafah town, the municipality building, a medicine store and dozens of sites along the borders with Egypt were bombed. The bombing of Emad Aqil Mosque was one of the most distinctive crimes committed by the IOF on day two; around 23:50, the Israeli warplanes bombed the three-story mosque in Block 5 of Jabalya refugee camp. The mosque was completely destroyed as was a nearby house, owned by Anwar Ba’lousha, killing his five children (the youngest is 4 years old). Ba’lousha, his wife and his three other children were injured. The only one to escape death or injury was his youngest baby (2 weeks old). The victims were evacuated from under the rubble after half an hour later. The victims are: Jawaher, 4; Dina, 8; Samar, 12; Ekram 14; Tahreer 17. Another 17 persons were injured, including 5 children living in nearby houses. The death toll of this day was 23, including 20 civilians. Four victims died of wounds they had sustained during the first day of the offensive.



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