Israel Drones Gaza Human Rights Worker to Death

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A rights group Monday condemned an Israeli drone attack on Gaza that killed a Palestinian worker for a human rights organization the day before, a statement said.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said that an Israeli drone attack killed 43-year-old Anwar al-Zaanin, a staff member of al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, at 1:20 p.m. on Sunday in Beit Hanoun.

PCHR said Zaanin was standing near a number of maintenance workers from the Beit Hanoun municipality who were repairing a water network near his house when an Israeli drone fired a missile at them.

“As a result, al-Zaanin was seriously wounded and 2 workers were moderately wounded: Majdi Mousa Shabat, 41; and Sofian Khalil Abu Harbid, 40. They were all evacuated to the hospital, but al-Zaanin succumbed to his wounds,” the report said.

“While PCHR expresses deep sadness for al-Zaanin’s death and passes condolences to his family and to the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, it strongly condemns this crime which targeted unarmed civilians while carrying out their job.”

The rights group said that international silence regarding Israel’s “war crimes” encouraged Israeli forces to continue carrying out such actions.

“PCHR calls upon the international community to investigate this and other crimes committed by Israeli forces against unarmed Palestinian civilians in the context of the ongoing offensive on the Gaza Strip, and prosecute the perpetrators.”

Israeli attacks killed six Palestinians on Sunday before a 72-hour ceasefire came into effect at midnight.

The Israeli army said in a statement Sunday that it had targeted “11 terror squads across the Gaza Strip” throughout the day.

It said Gaza militants had launched 30 rockets at Israel in the same period.

According to PCHR, the Israeli offensive on Gaza has killed 2,008 Palestinians, 1,670 of whom were civilians.

Some 471 of those killed were children, the organization says.

Mirrored from Maan News Agency


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5 Responses

  1. imagine if the usa invasion of iraq had been reported like this, probably from the iraqi side .. incident after incident had to have happened

  2. If Obama had half a spine, he and his team would be doing all they could to discourage Israel from these horrific attacks. Of course they have a right to defend themselves, but they do not have a right to do ANYTHING. They supposedly have the most advance weapon systems in the world (financed by us) but they can’t seem to avoid hitting UN hospitals and schoolchildren.

  3. isn’t this a violation of the “truce”? I guess not if isreal is the one firing.

  4. i knew Anwar. I worked at al Mezan in 2002 during the 2nd intifada. he was such a kind and gentle person, using his opportunity for work to help his family, but also for the greater good of human rights for all. This is heartbreaking, bordering on disgusting. May he be at peace. But also may his family find justice.

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