Israeli media is not listing the names of children killed in Gaza. These are their names:

  • Dalal Siyam
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  • Haifaa Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 9
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  • Yaser Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 8
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  • Ahmad Ayman Siyam
    , 15
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  • Muhammad Iyad al-Qasas
    , 4
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  • Mustafa Siyam
    , 9
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  • Arwa al-Qasas
    , 4
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  • Nujud Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame', 4 months
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  • Bisan Basem Ahmad Abu Jame', 6 months
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  • Nasmah Iyad al-Qasas
    , 10
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  • Suhelah Basam Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 3
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  • Rim Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 12
    |
  • Lamyaa Iyad al-Qasas
    , 11
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  • Islam al-Qasas
    , 15
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  • Elyas Ibrahim Dib al-Kulani
    , 4
    |
  • Bader Siyam
    , 4
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  • Jawdat Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 13
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  • Sajidah Yaser Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 7
    |
  • Fatmeh Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 12
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  • Siraj Yaser Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 4
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  • Maisaa Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 7
    |
  • Israa al-Qasas
    , 7
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  • Yasin Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 9
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  • Nur Yaser Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 2
    |
  • Bitul Basam Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 4
    |
  • Sawsan Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 11
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  • Ghaidaa Siyam
    , 7
    |
  • Samar al-Qasas
    , 3
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  • Muhammad Rami Fathi 'Ayad
    , 3
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  • Khalil Ousamah Khalil al-Hayah
    , 5
    |
  • Ahmad Sufian a-Jamal
    , 9
    |
  • Ibrahim Khalil 'Abd 'Amar
    , 12
    |
  • Muhammad Hani Muhammad al-Halaq
    , 2
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  • Ayub Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 10
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  • Husam Husam Abu Qainas
    , 7
    |
  • Marwah Suliman Ahmad a-Sarsawi
    , 12
    |
  • Umamah Ousamah Khalil al-Hayah
    , 8
    |
  • Saji Hasan Akram al-Halaq
    , 4
    |
  • Ghadah Subhi Sa'idi 'Ayad
    , 13
    |
  • Rahaf Isma'il Abu Jam'ah
    , 4
    |
  • Razan Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 14
    |
  • Abd a-Rahman Akram a-Skafi
    , 12
    |
  • Tala Akram al-'Atawi
    , 10
    |
  • Fadi Diab Hassan Islim
    , 10
    |
  • Dina 'Abdallah 'Aziz
    , 5
    |
  • Hiba Hamed a-Sheikh Khalil
    , 14
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  • Muhammad Ashraf Rafiq 'Ayad
    , 3
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  • Aya Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 12
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  • Hamzah Ousamah Khalil ak-Hayah
    , 4
    |
  • Suliman Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 14
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  • Rayan Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 5
    |
  • Asem Khalil 'Abd 'Amar
    , 4
    |
  • Sha'ban Jamil Ziyadah
    , 12
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  • Abdallah Yusef Daraji
    , 2
    |
  • Dima 'Abdallah Salim
    , 3
    |
  • Hiba Akram Saleh a-Sha'er
    , 15
    |
  • Kinan Hasan Akram al-Halaq
    , 6
    |
  • Ahmad Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 8
    |
  • Muhammad Ayman a-Sha'er
    , 5
    |
  • Iman Khalil 'Abd 'Amar
    , 9
    |
  • Marah Shaker a-Jamal
    , 10
    |
  • Rinat Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 2
    |
  • Tawfiq Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 4
    |
  • Ibrahim Jamal Kamal Naser
    , 13
    |
  • Ru'ya Mhamhmoud 'Abd al-Hamid a-Zweidi
    , 5
    |
  • Omar Jamil Subhi Hamudah
    , 10
    |
  • Wasim Mustafa Salhiyah
    , 15
    |
  • Muhammad Ziad Saleh a-Rahal
    , 5
    |
  • Nagham Mahmoud 'Abd al-Hamid a-Zweidi
    , 2
    |
  • Walaa Na'im Muhammad Musalam
    , 14
    |
  • Yamen Riyad al-Hmeideh
    , 4
    |
  • Siham Muhammad Ibrahim Zu'rub
    , 11
    |
  • Samih Na'im Abu Jarad
    , 1
    |
  • Muhammad Na'im Muhammad Musalam
    , 15
    |
  • Ahmad Na'Im Muhammad Musalam
    , 11
    |
  • Musa 'Abd a-Rahman Abu Jarad, 8 months
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  • Samar Musa Abu Jarad
    , 15
    |
  • Haniyah 'Abd a-Rahman Abu Jarad
    , 3
    |
  • Amjad Salem Khamis Sha't
    , 15
    |
  • Rizeq Ahmad al-Hayek
    , 2
    |
  • Muhammad Salem Antiz
    , 3
    |
  • Fares Jum'ah a-Tarabin، 3 months
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  • Wisam 'Isam Marzuq Sheheibar
    , 8
    |
  • Muhmmad Ibrahim Antiz
    , 13
    |
  • Asil Wisam Marzuq Sheheibar
    , 7
    |
  • Rahaf Khalil Hamadah a-Jabur
    , 4
    |
  • Jihad 'Isam Marzuq Sheheibar
    , 10
    |
  • Isma'il Muhammad Subhi Baker
    , 9
    |
  • Muhammad Ramez 'Izat Baker
    , 11
    |
  • Yasmin Mahmoud al-Astal
    , 4
    |
  • Zakariyah 'Ahed Subhi Baker
    , 10
    |
  • Osamah Mahmoud al-Astal
    , 6
    |
  • Raed Muhammad Thari
    , 4
    |
  • Ibrahim Ramadan Abu Daqah
    , 10
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  • Ahed 'Attaf 'Ahed Baker
    , 9
    |
  • Sarah 'Omar Sheikh al-'Eid
    , 9
    |
  • Husam Ibrahim a-Najar
    , 14
    |
  • Amal Bahaa al-Batsh
    , 2
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  • Anas 'Alaa Subhi al-Batsh
    , 10
    |
  • Manar Majed al-Batsh
    , 13
    |
  • Qusai 'Isam al-Batsh
    , 12
    |
  • Saher Abu Namus
    , 4
    |
  • Yasmin Muhammad al-Mutawaq
    , 4
    |
  • Fatmeh Mahmoud al-Haj
    , 14
    |
  • Abd a-Rahman Basam Khatab
    , 5
    |
  • Abdallah Ramadan Abu Ghazal
    , 5
    |
  • Muhammad Khalaf Nawasrah
    , 2
    |
  • Muhammad Ibrahim Faek al-Masri
    , 14
    |
  • Safaa Malakeh
    , 6
    |
  • Amir Iyad Salem 'Arif
    , 11
    |
  • Miriam 'Atiyeh al-'Arja
    , 10
    |
  • Nidal Khalaf 'Awad Nawasrah
    , 4
    |
  • Muhammad Mustafa Malakeh
    , 2
    |
  • Musa Muhammad Taher al-Astal
    , 15
    |
  • Muhammad Iyad Salem 'Arif
    , 10
    |
  • Asil al-Masri
    , 15
    |
  • Abdallah Muhammad Kaware'
    , 12
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  • Muhammad 'Ali Kaware'
    , 13
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  • Ahmad Nael Mahdi
    , 15
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  • Hussein Yusef Kaware'
    , 13
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  • Basem Salem Kaware'
    , 10
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  • Qasem Jaber 'Adwan Kaware'
    , 12
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  • Siraj Iyad 'Abd al-'Al
    , 8
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Joint letter by Human Rights Organizations to Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff concerning the absence of any secure area in the Gaza Strip to which civilians can escape to protect their lives and ensure their safety and that of their families. We demand the immediate opening of an escape route for civilians to escape the battle zone.

Member of emergency services crew in Gaza; background: house bombed on 10 July 2014. Photo: Ahmad Zakut, Reuters.

According to B'Tselem's initial figures, at least 686 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and Israel in the time between early Tuesday, 8 July 2014, when Operation Protective Edge airstrikes on Gaza began until the 23 July at 8PM.* The fatalities include: 163 minors (one minor participated in the hostilities), 69 women (under age 60), 38 senior citizens (aged 60 and over). Initial findings indicate that 153 of the people killed participated in the hostilities.

Two Israeli civilians and one foreign citizen were killed within Israel during this time, and 32 soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Saher Abu Namus, 3 years old, killed on Friday, 11 July 2014

More than 600 Palestinians have been killed during the fighting in Gaza so far, including more than 150 children. Yet Israeli media is barely covering the story, other than mentioning the number of casualties. To encourage public debate in Israel on the issue, B’Tselem asked to purchase a spot on IBA Radio in order to have the names of some of the children killed read out. The radio refused, on the grounds that reading out the names of Palestinian children killed in Gaza is politically “controversial”. Yet the refusal is, in itself, far from neutral: it is a powerful statement in favor of silencing public debate over the massive price that Gazan civilians are paying for this operation.

Women grieve in Khan Yunis. Photo: Finbarr O'Reilly 19 July, 2014

“My wife and I were afraid something bad would happen to Yasmin and Usamah. We thought my sister Kawthar’s home would be safer… It’s usually quiet there, and the bombings haven’t reached them... my cousin called from Khan Yunis. He said a missile had been fired at my sisters’ house and asked me to come quickly because my kids had been hurt... I ran like a maniac to Kawthar’s house. When I got to the front door, I realized something terrible had happened. People inside the house came up to me. They told me that my two children had been killed... I yelled and cried hysterically.

Member of emergency services crew in Gaza; background: house bombed on 10 July 2014. Photo: Ahmad Zakut, Reuters.

According to B'Tselem's initial figures, at least 505 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and Israel in the time between early Tuesday, 8 July 2014, when Operation Protective Edge airstrikes on Gaza began until the 21 July at 9PM. The fatalities include: 140 minors (one minor participated in the hostilities), 56 women (under age 60), 28 senior citizens (aged 60 and over), Initial findings indicate that 102 of the people killed participated in the hostilities.

Two Israeli civilians were killed within Israel during this time, and 27 soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip and Israel.

"It was the third time a Qassam rocket directly hit our family. The first was about five years ago, when a rocket hit my brother's house. Three years ago, a rocket hit my parents' house. I'm lucky that the damage to my house was relatively minor... my beeper started sounding the alarm and I went into the safe room ... I heard the rockets land very loudly, and it was so strong that the safe room shook... I was shaking and couldn't move. When I went out, I saw that the blast had blown the door in. I was shaking and couldn't move. When I went out, I saw that the blast had blown the door in. Bits of glass and shrapnel and plaster were scattered everywhere."

Palestinians fill bottles and containers with water from a public tap in Rafah. Photo: Ibrahim Abu Mustafa, Reuters, 19 July 2014

In an urgent letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, 12 human rights organizations demand today that Israel fulfil its obligations and ensure that the humanitarian needs of the civilian population of Gaza are met, particularly with respect to the dwindling supply of water and electricity. More than half of Gaza’s population, 1.2 million people, currently were affected by lack of adequate access to water and sanitation services. Hundreds of thousands are completely without power, while additional hundreds of thousands are rationed up to 5 hours of electricity per day. These acute shortages are the result of severe damage to civilian infrastructure caused during the hostilities.

Ashkelon residents run for shelter during a bomb alert. Photo: Baz Ratner, Reuters

Millions of Israeli citizens, many of whom are children, have been living under the threat of rocket fire for more than two weeks. For hundreds of thousands of Israelis living in the south of the country, this terrible situation is part of an ongoing routine. The unrelenting attacks have disrupted their lives, denied their right to live in security and hurt their ability to make a living. Every venture outside – to work, school, or a recreational activity – is attended by a sense of danger. Some residents have even decided to relocate for fear they or their loved ones would get hurt. The photographs presented here were taken by Dudu Greenspan from Be'er Sheva, by Activestills, and by Reuters photographers.

"The children were very scared and wanted us to move to schools, where they thought we would be safer. My son Muhammad, who is 18, cried and told me, “You want us to die, like you did with Matar.” Our son Matar was 17 when he was killed in the 2009 war [Operation Cast Lead]. He was killed together with his cousin Muhammad, who was 12, while they were trying to escape the bombardments… After I lost him, I was in a very bad state and couldn't function for some time... My husband, my parents and I thought about it until the morning and decided to leave."

Search for victims amongst the rubble of a house bombed in Khan Younis. Photo: Ibrahim Abu Mustafa, Reuters, 21 July 2014

On 20 July Israeli forces bombed the four-story building that was home to the extended Jame' family: the matriarch, Fatmeh Abu Jame', her four sons, and their wives and children. B’Tselem’s initial findings indicate that the likely target of the attack was Ahmad Suliman Sahmoud, a member of Hamas’ military wing, who was visiting a member of the family. Everyone who was in the house at the time was hurt: 25 members of the Abu Jame' family were killed, as well as Hamas operative Sahmoud. The rest were injured. Information B’Tselem has at this stage indicates that no warning was issued and no warning missile was fired prior to the attack

House in Khan Younis damaged by an Israeli air strike, Finbarr O'Reilly, Reuters, 17 July 2014

Horrific developments in Gaza have reached intolerable heights: Israel is bombing houses with people in them, entire families have been buried under rubble, and streets lie in ruins. Hundreds have been killed so far, dozens in the last 24 hours only, many of them women and children. Hamas makes no pretense to follow the laws of war. Israel does, but holds Hamas responsible for its own. Unlawful actions by one party cannot justify unlawful actions by the other. The horrifying reality on the ground makes it impossible to further countenance Israel’s cynical use of legal terms such as “proportionality”, “distinction” and “due caution”.

Israeli airstrike on Gaza. Photo: Ahmad Zakut, Rueters, 21 July 2014

The organizations demanded that the Attorney General instruct the government to refrain from violating the laws of war and re-evaluate its aggressive policy and rules of engagement. The organizations seek to clarify whether the Attorney General critically evaluated the legal advice supplied to the Military Advocate General that underpins 'Operation Protective Edge', and calls on him to establish an external, independent and effective investigatory mechanism to examine the decision making of the political and operational establishment as required by international law and supported by the rulings of the High Court of Justice.

Photo from Palestine Red Crescent Society webiste

In light of last night's events: A procedure to evacuate those injured in the Gaza Strip is required immediately. as part of the lessons learned the "Cast Lead" operation, and in accordance with its legal obligations, the military pledged to prepare a coordination mechanism that would allow the evacuation of the wounded and give access to ambulances within a reasonable time. The incidents of last night clearly illustrate that this mechanism, even if it exists on paper, is not sufficiently effective. Accordingly, we urge immediate action to honor this legal obligation to institute a mechanism to regulate the evacuation of the wounded in the Gaza Strip. We call for protection to be provided to rescue teams and medical personnel in the Gaza Strip, to allow them to perform their duties without exposing them to danger.

Bombed and destroyed houses, Gaza, 19 July 2014. Photo: Suhaib Salem, Reuters

"The room was dark and full of smoke. We found my sister, Rawida. She was badly wounded from big pieces of shrapnel, but she was still alive. We got her out from under the rubble. One of the rods that support the roof was stuck in her hip. We pulled it out of her body. We carried her out to the street. Then we found my mother. She was lying in a corner of the room covered in blood and crying in pain. She was having difficulty breathing, but her injuries looked less dangerous. Another of my sisters, Hanan, was badly hurt in her abdomen and chest. She was still breathing. My brother, Marwan, was also hurt. The neighbors helped us carry them outside."

Building hit by rocket, southern Israel. Photo: Ronen Zvulun, Reuters, 9 July 2014

Millions of Israeli citizens, many of whom are children, have been living under the threat of rocket fire for almost a week. For hundreds of thousands of Israelis living in the south of the country, this terrible situation is part of an ongoing routine. The unrelenting attacks have disrupted their lives, denied their right to live in security and hurt their ability to make a living. Every venture outside – to work, school, or a recreational activity – is attended by a sense of danger. Some residents have even decided to relocate for fear they or their loved ones would get hurt.

B'Tselem has championed human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for over two decades, promoting a future where all Israelis and Palestinians will live in freedom and dignity.

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