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

  • Adham Ahmad Abu 'Atiyeh
    , 4
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  • Hiba Hamed a-Sheikh Khalil
    , 14
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  • Osamah Mahmoud al-Astal
    , 8
    |
  • Hatem Na'im 'Aqel
    , 14
    |
  • Hussein Yusef Kaware'
    , 13
    |
  • Ahmad Khaled Muhammad a-Najar
    , 14
    |
  • Bader Siyam
    , 4
    |
  • Muhammad Ziad Saleh a-Rahal
    , 5
    |
  • Muhammad Mansur al-Bshiti
    , 7
    |
  • Baraah Saleh Mahmoud a-Raqab
    , 11
    |
  • Muhammad Salameh Abu Dabagh
    , 12
    |
  • Yasin Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 9
    |
  • Muhammad Rami Fathi 'Ayad
    , 3
    |
  • Yasmin Nayef al-Astal
    , 4
    |
  • Musa 'Abd a-Rahman Abu Jarad, 8 months
    |
  • Lamyaa Iyad al-Qasas
    , 11
    |
  • Mu'taz Hessein Samir a-Najar
    , 6
    |
  • Arwa al-Qasas
    , 4
    |
  • Maisaa Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 7
    |
  • Muhmmad Ibrahim Antiz
    , 13
    |
  • Abd a-Rahman Akram a-Skafi
    , 12
    |
  • Marah Shaker a-Jamal
    , 10
    |
  • Muhammad Akram al-Kafarneh
    , 15
    |
  • Abd al-Karim Anwar Suliamn a-Drazin
    , 5
    |
  • Nabil Mahmoud Muhammad al-Astal
    , 13
    |
  • Muhammad Jihad Matar
    , 12
    |
  • Abdallah Muhammad Kaware'
    , 12
    |
  • Nur Yaser Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 2
    |
  • Amjad Salem Khamis Sha't
    , 15
    |
  • Omar Jamil Subhi Hamudah
    , 10
    |
  • Nagham Mahmoud 'Abd al-Hamid a-Zweidi
    , 2
    |
  • Amir 'Adel Siyam
    , 12
    |
  • Fatmeh Mahmoud al-Haj
    , 14
    |
  • Saher Abu Namus
    , 3
    |
  • Anas 'Alaa Subhi al-Batsh
    , 10
    |
  • Qasem Jaber 'Adwan Kaware'
    , 12
    |
  • Suhelah Basam Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 3
    |
  • Asil Wisam Marzuq Sheheibar
    , 7
    |
  • Ghadah Subhi Sa'idi 'Ayad
    , 13
    |
  • Siham Muhammad Ibrahim Zu'rub
    , 11
    |
  • Ahmad Ramzi Abu Qadus
    , 13
    |
  • Walaa Na'im Muhammad Musalam
    , 14
    |
  • Rahaf Isma'il Abu Jam'ah
    , 4
    |
  • Salma Salem a-Radi'
    , 5
    |
  • Ibrahim Jamal Kamal Naser
    , 13
    |
  • Zeinab Safwat Abu Tir
    , 3
    |
  • Rawan Ziad Hajaj
    , 15
    |
  • Samar Musa Abu Jarad
    , 15
    |
  • Ibtehal Ibrahim 'Ayesh a-Ramahi
    , 4
    |
  • Hatem Zein Nayef al-Yazji
    , 3
    |
  • Rayan Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 5
    |
  • Iman Ibrahim 'Ayesh a-Ramahi
    , 14
    |
  • Dima 'Abdallah Salim
    , 3
    |
  • Shahd Mu'in 'Ali Qishtah
    , 9
    |
  • Islam Hamudah Hussein a-Najar
    , 3
    |
  • Hadi Salah a-Din Abu Hasanein
    , 12
    |
  • Tawfiq Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 4
    |
  • Elyas Ibrahim Dib al-Kulani
    , 4
    |
  • Hiba Akram Saleh a-Sha'er
    , 15
    |
  • Umamah Ousamah Khalil al-Hayah
    , 8
    |
  • Haniyah 'Abd a-Rahman Abu Jarad
    , 3
    |
  • Ahmad Walid Nasrallah Samur
    , 9
    |
  • Husam Husam Abu Qainas
    , 7
    |
  • Bader Hatem 'Amish
    , 9
    |
  • Ahmad Na'Im Muhammad Musalam
    , 11
    |
  • Bitul Basam Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 4
    |
  • Muhammad Mustafa Malakeh
    , 2
    |
  • Muhammad Salem Antiz
    , 3
    |
  • Yamen Riyad al-Hmeideh
    , 4
    |
  • Muhammad Ramez 'Izat Baker
    , 11
    |
  • Yasmin Mahmoud al-Astal
    , 5
    |
  • Musa Muhammad Taher al-Astal
    , 15
    |
  • Kinan Hasan Akram al-Halaq
    , 6
    |
  • Mu'in Muhammad Siyam
    , 5
    |
  • Muhammad Ahmad As'ad al-Bidi, 3 months
    |
  • Mahmoud Jihad 'Awad 'Abdin
    , 12
    |
  • Muhammad Iyad Salem 'Arif
    , 10
    |
  • Asem Khalil 'Abd 'Amar
    , 4
    |
  • Marwah Suliman Ahmad a-Sarsawi
    , 12
    |
  • Muhammad Ayman a-Sha'er
    , 5
    |
  • Abd a-Rahman Mahmoud 'Ab a-Nabi
    , 1
    |
  • Mariam Shybub a-Shanbari
    , 11
    |
  • Muhammad Ashraf Rafiq 'Ayad
    , 3
    |
  • Abdallah Yusef Daraji
    , 2
    |
  • Nur al-Islam Ahmad Abu Hweishel
    , 6
    |
  • Amal Bahaa al-Batsh
    , 2
    |
  • Abeid Fadel Abu Hweishel
    , 9
    |
  • Nasmah Iyad al-Qasas
    , 10
    |
  • Amir Hamudah Hussein a-Najar
    , 2
    |
  • Fatmeh Ahmad al-'Arja
    , 14
    |
  • Saji Hasan Akram al-Halaq
    , 4
    |
  • Amneh Jihad Matar
    , 10
    |
  • Fares Jum'ah a-Tarabin، 3 months
    |
  • Suha 'Abd Rabu Musleh
    , 2
    |
  • Asil al-Masri
    , 15
    |
  • Qusai 'Isam al-Batsh
    , 12
    |
  • Suliman Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 14
    |
  • Ahmad 'Abd Rabu Musleh
    , 14
    |
  • Walaa Muhammad al-Kayed
    , 15
    |
  • Raed Muhammad Thari
    , 4
    |
  • Siraj Yaser Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 4
    |
  • Ibrahim a-Sheikh 'Omar
    , 2
    |
  • Wasim Mustafa Salhiyah
    , 15
    |
  • Ru'ya Mhamhmoud 'Abd al-Hamid a-Zweidi
    , 5
    |
  • Samar al-Qasas
    , 3
    |
  • Ibrahim Ramadan Abu Daqah
    , 10
    |
  • Khalil Ousamah Khalil al-Hayah
    , 5
    |
  • Rizeq Ahmad al-Hayek
    , 2
    |
  • Ayub Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 10
    |
  • Jihad 'Isam Marzuq Sheheibar
    , 10
    |
  • Rinat Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 2
    |
  • Islam al-Qasas
    , 15
    |
  • Dalal Siyam, 9 months
    |
  • Tala Akram al-'Atawi
    , 10
    |
  • Israa al-Qasas
    , 7
    |
  • Hani Suliman Muhammad a-Najar
    , 7
    |
  • Ulfat hussein Abu 'Atiyeh
    , 4
    |
  • Haifaa Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 9
    |
  • Ahmad Ayman Siyam
    , 15
    |
  • Husam Ibrahim a-Najar
    , 14
    |
  • Basem Salem Kaware'
    , 10
    |
  • Ahmad Nael Mahdi
    , 15
    |
  • Bisan Basem Ahmad Abu Jame', 6 months
    |
  • Muhammad Khalaf Nawasrah
    , 2
    |
  • Muhammad Na'im Muhammad Musalam
    , 15
    |
  • Hamzah Ousamah Khalil ak-Hayah
    , 4
    |
  • Muhammad 'Ali Kaware'
    , 13
    |
  • Yasmin Muhammad al-Mutawaq
    , 4
    |
  • Muhammad Rajaa Hindem
    , 15
    |
  • Yaser Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 8
    |
  • Mustafa Siyam
    , 9
    |
  • Muhammad Abu Shabab
    , 15
    |
  • Mahmoud Ahmad al-Qasas
    , 10
    |
  • Muhammad Iyad al-Qasas
    , 4
    |
  • Ahed 'Attaf 'Ahed Baker
    , 9
    |
  • Manar Majed al-Batsh
    , 13
    |
  • Muhammad Ibrahim Faek al-Masri
    , 14
    |
  • Abd a-Rahman Basam Khatab
    , 5
    |
  • Miriam 'Atiyeh al-'Arja
    , 10
    |
  • Muhammad Anwar Suliman a-Darazin
    , 3
    |
  • Abd al-'Aziz Salah a-Din Abu Hasanein
    , 14
    |
  • Nujud Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame', 4 months
    |
  • Muhammad Hani Muhammad al-Halaq
    , 2
    |
  • Abdallah Ramadan Abu Ghazal
    , 5
    |
  • Nidal Khalaf 'Awad Nawasrah
    , 4
    |
  • Amir Iyad Salem 'Arif
    , 11
    |
  • Fadi Diab Hassan Islim
    , 10
    |
  • Sajidah Yaser Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 7
    |
  • Amirah 'Adel Siyam, 8 months
    |
  • Fatmeh Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 12
    |
  • Sarah 'Omar Sheikh al-'Eid
    , 9
    |
  • Anas Qdeih
    , 7
    |
  • Qasem Rabi'
    , 12
    |
  • Sawsan Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 11
    |
  • Ahmad Sufian a-Jamal
    , 9
    |
  • Wisam 'Isam Marzuq Sheheibar
    , 7
    |
  • Ghaidaa Siyam
    , 7
    |
  • Siraj Iyad 'Abd al-'Al
    , 8
    |
  • Ahmad Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 8
    |
  • Walid Sa'id al-Harazin
    , 7
    |
  • Rahaf Khalil Hamadah a-Jabur
    , 4
    |
  • Samih Na'im Abu Jarad
    , 1
    |
  • Ibrahim Khalil 'Abd 'Amar
    , 12
    |
  • Zakariyah 'Ahed Subhi Baker
    , 10
    |
  • Razan Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 14
    |
  • Safaa Malakeh
    , 6
    |
  • Aya Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 12
    |
  • Jawdat Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 13
    |
  • Rim Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 12
    |
  • Iman Khalil 'Abd 'Amar
    , 9
    |
  • Dina 'Abdallah 'Aziz
    , 5
    |
  • Sha'ban Jamil Ziyadah
    , 12
    |
  • Isma'il Muhammad Subhi Baker
    , 9
    |
  • Hadi 'Abd a-Nabi
    , 4
    |

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 1,262 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 morning of 30 July.* The fatalities include: 314 minors (one minor participated in the hostilities), 148 women (under age 60), 62 senior citizens (aged 60 and over),
Initial findings indicate that 172 of the people killed participated in the hostilities.

Since the operation began and untill the evening of 31 July 2014 two Israeli civilians, one foreign national and 56 Israeli soldiers have been killed in Israel and the Gaza Strip.

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"We started walking met a young man who lived in the neighborhood. He wanted to reach his home to check on his family. He wore green shirt. He asked us to help him and accompany him. [...] We were shocked by what we saw. A-Shuja'iyeh had become a real ghost town: a city of ruins, completely destroyed.[...] The house had been completely demolished. He stood in the ruins, shouting and calling Munir’s name, but no one answered [...] We managed to walk just a few steps more when we heard a single gunshot. The young man fell to the ground."

Beit Hanoun residents leave town during brief humanitarian ceasefire. Photo: Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem, 26 July 2014

Muhammad Sabah is B'Tselem's field researcher in the northern Gaza Strip. On 26 July 2014, he took the opportunity of a brief humanitarian ceasefire to inspect several locations in the area. Of the sights he saw in the town of Beit Hanoun during the ceasefire he said: "The situation in Beit Hanoun was terrible. I saw people trying to take a few belongings and get out of there as fast as they could in view of several days of artillery fire. They were also afraid of the ground incursion and because of the UNRWA school and the hospital in Beit Hanoun that had been hit."

Wounded young man being evacuated from demonstration by Qalandiya Checkpoint, 24 July 2014. Photo by Oren Ziv, Activestills.

Since Operation Protective Edge began on 8 July 2014, Palestinians throughout the West Bank have held strikes, rallies, processions and demonstrations to show support for residents of Gaza and to protest the military's actions. At some demonstrations, Palestinians threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli security forces and burned tires; at one demonstration in Qalandiya, Palestinians fired live ammunition. Initial investigations by B'Tselem's field researchers found that in many cases, Israeli security forces responded with live fire. Initial information obtained by B'Tselem raises suspicion that senior commanding officers in the West Bank permitted security forces to use live fire as a means of crowd control, even in clashes with unarmed stone-throwers and in circumstances that posed no mortal risk to anyone.

Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ) yesterday, 28 July 2014, seeking to oblige the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to air radio spots produced by B’Tselem which incorporate the names of a few of the more than 200 Palestinian children killed in Gaza in Operation Protective Edge. The IBA refused to air the radio spots on the grounds of being “controversial”, not balanced, and possibly provoking public controversy over the military operation.

Residents evacuating from Beit Hanoun during the humanitarian ceasefire. Photo: Muhammad Sabah, B'Tselem, 26 July 2014

We waited until dawn to leave the house. My children cried all night. On Friday (18 July), at 5:30 A.M., I left with my family. We didn’t take anything. Some of the kids didn’t even have enough time to find shoes and they went out barefoot. A lot of people left al-Qararah like us. We walked to Khan Yunis, about 8 kilometers away. We were afraid the bombing wouldn’t stop and we wanted to get as far away as we could. We finally arrived, tired and anxious, at an UNRWA school across from the Khan Yunis hospital. We left behind 25 sheep, a mare, a foal, and chickens.

A grieving mother at the funeral of the children. Photo: Muhammad Salem, Reuters, 17 July 2014

"I was sitting reading the Quran when suddenly I heard a loud explosion. At first, I thought it was in the street or in a neighboring house. But I quickly realized it actually came from the roof of my house. I couldn't believe my house had been bombed. I ran up the stairs to the roof. Everything was full of dust and smoke. When they settled, I saw a terrible sight: a pile of five children lying one on top of the other... on the way to the hospital, Afnan passed away in my arms. I fainted. When I came to, we were at the hospital... they told me that two of my brother 'Issam's kids were dead too."

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

On 17 July, two employees of the al-Bureij local council were killed when the military bombed their Jeep. The two were on their way to inspect houses damaged by airstrikes. The bombing also injured two girls who live in a house nearby, one of them severely. Their mother, Fawziyeh al-Qrenawi, said in her testimony to B'Tselem: "My two daughters – Shahd, 7, and Salwa, 9 – were playing in their room, which has a wall facing the street... Suddenly, I heard a really loud explosion. A bomb landed very close to us. The house filled with dust and smoke. I ran to the girls' room and found them both lying on the floor. Shahd was bleeding. Salwa was lying next to her, screaming. I was stunned and couldn't understand what I was seeing."

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

"The family sat out on the porch, enjoying the atmosphere after breaking the fast. Despite the general sense of fear because of the war... things in the area felt normal at the time... Musa, my four-year-old, was sitting in my lap. My wife was holding Hazem, the baby.... Suddenly, two missiles landed on us... Everyone was hysterical and it was a huge mess. It's hard to describe the moments after the explosion. I saw some members of my family lying on the ground. Some of them weren't moving. They had blood on their faces and clothes. The little children were crying."

Since the recent bout of fighting in Gaza began, the internet has been inundated with footage of the fighting and its results. It is often difficult to determine the reliability of this footage as well as the context in which the images were shot. Our blog will present footage we collected from various online sources. We do not have full information regarding most of the items, so we appended explanatory notes for context. We also provided links to related media reports and cited details of information still missing. Please note: Most of the clips contain graphic content.

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.

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.

Residents leaving Beit Hanoun by foot during the humanitarian ceasefire. Photo: Muhammad Sabah, B'Tselem, 26 July 2014

"I decided to walk to my sister's house in a-Rimal neighborhood. It was very dangerous. We walked single file, one after another. I carried 'Abd a-Rahman and he held on to me tightly. We walked hugging the walls of buildings and the doors of closed shops, and tried to take cover under trees and light shelters. It felt like we were walking through a ghost town. We were surrounded by death... I prayed to God that He protect my children and me. I kept walking until we reached the hospital in Beit Hanoun. I met my husband there. I hadn't seen him since the war began, because he was at work all the time... We took a taxi from there to my sister's house in a-Rimal neighborhood. She was already hosting three other families, relatives of ours who had also fled the bombings. All told, we were 31 people. I was still scared, because no place is safe."

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.

"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."

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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