Israel has escalated its targeting of civilians in Gaza during its ongoing onslaught on the Strip for the sixteenth consecutive day in an unprecedented manner, a European human rights organisation said today.
The Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, based in Geneva, Switzerland, said the Israeli troops increased their targeting of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip in recent days.
The organisation confirmed that around 50 Palestinian families were targeted, wiping out entire families since the start of the Israeli onslaught on Gaza on July 7. The number of victims from families completely decimated reached 213.
Euro-Mid warned against further escalation in the targeting of Palestinian families. It noted that Israeli fighter planes bombed the house of the Abu Jami' family to the east of Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip. The house consisted of three floors where five families lived. The attack on Sunday evening resulted in the death of all 26 people inside the house, including 18 children. Only three people survived.
The observatory also denounced the Israeli forces for targeting the house of Al-Kilani family in Al-Salam Building next to Al-Isra' tower in the centre of Gaza on Monday evening. The attack resulted in the death of 11 people including five children and their parents and siblings.
The total number of raids carried out by the Israeli army since the start of its onslaught, according to the observatory, has reached 15,041 of which 4,349 were with missiles, 4,367 with shells from the sea and 6,325 with artillery shells.
The observatory noted the targeting by Israeli fighter planes of mosques. Since the start of the onslaught, it said, 45 mosques were hit of which seven were razed to the ground.
According to the observatory 10 hospitals and medical clinics were targeted since the start of the onslaught. This is in addition to six water desalination and sewage treatment plants that serve more than 600,000 citizens.
It stressed that these examples of the targeting of Palestinian families, and such noticeable rise in the number of civilian victims during the past few days, provide a perspective that unless there is some strong deterrent nothing will change on the ground.
More than 609 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's latest assault on the Gaza Strip, most have been women and children, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
According to the Israeli officials, 27 Israeli soldiers and two civilians have so far been killed. Ninety Israeli soldiers were wounded. Hamas' military wing, Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, say they have killed 45 Israeli troops.