MEMO’s Diary of War Crimes: First anniversary DAY FIVE 31Dec09 December 31, 2009
Wednesday, 31 December 2008 â DAY FIVE
For the 5th consecutive day, the Israeli aerial arsenal, including warplanes, helicopters and drones, all backed by gunboats, continued to launch indiscriminate attacks targeting Palestinian facilities including security facilities, civilian property, houses, schools, mosques, hospitals, municipalities and medical and charitable foundations with no consideration for civiliansâ safety or the services provided to the public by such institutions.
In an example of the violations of IHL which were to become a fundamental component of the Israeli offensive, IOF bombed an ambulance in Tal al-Rayess area in the east of Gaza City . A physician and a paramedic were killed and the driver was wounded. Israeli warplanes bombed fuel stores in Kherbet al-Adas are in the north of Rafah town. The death toll of this day was 12 civilians, including 4 children and two women.Two of the dead succumbed to wounds they had sustained earlier in the offensive.