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Palestinian Rocket Attacks on Israel and Israeli Artillery Shelling in the Gaza Strip

Palestinian Rocket Attacks on Israel and Israeli Artillery Shelling in the Gaza Strip

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Acknowledgments
This report was researched by Bonnie Docherty, researcher in the Arms Division of
Human Rights Watch, Marc Garlasco, senior military analyst, Joe Stork, deputy
director for the Middle East and North Africa Division (MENA), and Christoph Wilcke,
MENA researcher. Its primary author was Bonnie Docherty; Lucy Mair, MENA
researcher, and Joe Stork contributed the background and Nada Apartments
chapters, respectively. The report was edited by Eric Goldstein, research director for
MENA, Steve Goose, director of the Arms Division, Lucy Mair, Joe Stork, Wilder Tayler,
legal and policy director, James Ross, senior legal advisor, Joe Saunders, deputy
program director, and Kenneth Roth, executive director. Rachel Good of Arms and
Tarek Radwan of MENA assisted in research and production.
Human Rights Watch would like to thank the following people for their assistance
with this project: Fares Akram, Wael al-Qarra, Khalil Abu Shamala, Khalil Shaheen,
Mahmoud Ibrahim, Rimma Hijazi, Shir Alon, and Nader al-Shurafa, Gaza manager of
Ramattan Studios Human Rights Watch would also like to thank Matthew McKinzie of
the Natural Resources Defense Council, who designed the maps and satellite image
graphics, as well as GeoEye and DigitalGlobe corporations, which provided the
satellite photographs.
Acknowledgments
This report was researched by Bonnie Docherty, researcher in the Arms Division of
Human Rights Watch, Marc Garlasco, senior military analyst, Joe Stork, deputy
director for the Middle East and North Africa Division (MENA), and Christoph Wilcke,
MENA researcher. Its primary author was Bonnie Docherty; Lucy Mair, MENA
researcher, and Joe Stork contributed the background and Nada Apartments
chapters, respectively. The report was edited by Eric Goldstein, research director for
MENA, Steve Goose, director of the Arms Division, Lucy Mair, Joe Stork, Wilder Tayler,
legal and policy director, James Ross, senior legal advisor, Joe Saunders, deputy
program director, and Kenneth Roth, executive director. Rachel Good of Arms and
Tarek Radwan of MENA assisted in research and production.
Human Rights Watch would like to thank the following people for their assistance
with this project: Fares Akram, Wael al-Qarra, Khalil Abu Shamala, Khalil Shaheen,
Mahmoud Ibrahim, Rimma Hijazi, Shir Alon, and Nader al-Shurafa, Gaza manager of
Ramattan Studios Human Rights Watch would also like to thank Matthew McKinzie of
the Natural Resources Defense Council, who designed the maps and satellite image
graphics, as well as GeoEye and DigitalGlobe corporations, which provided the
satellite photographs.

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 July 2007 volume 19, N0. 1(E)
Indiscriminate Fire
Palestinian Rocket Attacks on Israel and Israeli Artillery Shelling in theGaza Strip
Map of Gaza Strip.....................................................................................................1
 
I. Summary...............................................................................................................3
 
Palestinian Rocket Attacks..................................................................................4
 
Israeli Artillery Shelling......................................................................................6
 
Case Studies.....................................................................................................13
 
Methodology.....................................................................................................15
 
II. Recommendations.............................................................................................16
 
III. International Humanitarian Law........................................................................19
 
IV. Background.......................................................................................................25
 
Palestinian Armed Attacks from Gaza................................................................27
 
 V. Palestinian Rocket Attacks since the IDF Withdrawal.........................................31
 
Weapon Used and Method of Attack.................................................................31
 
Civilian Harm....................................................................................................35
 
Deploying Military Objectives in Densely Populated Areas.................................41
 
Palestinian Justifications...................................................................................42
 
Role of Palestinian Security Forces....................................................................46
 
Legal Conclusions.............................................................................................47
 
 VI. Israeli Artillery Shelling Since the IDF Withdrawal.............................................49
 
Weapon Used and Method of Attack.................................................................51
 
Civilian Harm....................................................................................................58
 
Strikes Hitting Residential Areas.................................................................60
 
 
Other Strikes Harming Civilians..................................................................68
 
Impact on Palestinian Livelihoods...............................................................75
 
IDF Justifications...............................................................................................77
 
Legal Conclusions.............................................................................................82
 
 Appendix I. Case Study: The Gaza Beach Incident..................................................84
 
Eyewitness Accounts.........................................................................................84
 
Analysis...........................................................................................................89
 
Shrapnel..........................................................................................................90
 
Artillery Shell Craters.........................................................................................91
 
Injuries.............................................................................................................91
 
Timing..............................................................................................................92
 
IDF Explanations...............................................................................................93
 
 Appendix II. Case Study: Palestinian Rockets Attacks from and IDF Shelling of the Nada Apartments Complex...........................................................................99
 
The Nada Apartments Complex.......................................................................100
 
Prelude to IDF Artillery Shelling of the Nada Apartments..................................102
 
Early Afternoon of July 24, 2006......................................................................104
 
Afternoon and Evening of July 24, 2006...........................................................106
 
Events of Wednesday, July 26, 2006................................................................108
 
Events of Friday, July 28, 2006........................................................................110
 
IDF Warnings and Liaison with Palestinian Security Forces................................111
 
IDF Explanations..............................................................................................114
 
 Appendix III. Locally Made Rockets Entering Israel from Gaza...............................117
 
 Appendix IV. Israeli Artillery Shells Entering Gaza...............................................118
 
 Appendix V. Locally Made Rocket and Artillery Casualties.....................................119
 
 Appendix VI. Human Rights Watch Letters and IDF Responses.............................120
 
 Acknowledgments................................................................................................143
 
 
 
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