27 November 2001 (A/ES-10/126-S/2001/1118)

Letter sent by Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the Security Council, and the President of the General Assembly: (Israeli Explosive Kills Five Palestinian Children)

During this past week, Israeli occupying forces intensified its bloody military campaign against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem. Israeli occupying forces committed additional war crimes and other atrocities with the obvious intent of blocking attempts to end the current situation and to resume the peace process.

On Thursday, 22 November 2001, an explosive device planted by Israeli occupying forces in an area used by pedestrians near the city of Khan Younis exploded, killing five Palestinian children. The children, all from the same family and whose ages ranged from six to thirteen, died instantly as the explosive tore their bodies to pieces. The next day during the funeral of those children, Israeli occupying forces shot and killed another 15-year-old Palestinian child.

On Friday, 23 November 2001, Israeli occupying forces committed yet another extrajudicial execution. Israeli helicopter gunships fired several missiles at a car near the city of Nablus, instantly killing Mr. Mahmoud Abu Hanoud and two brothers, Mr. Ayman Hashayka and Mr. Mamoun Hashayka.

Furthermore, on Sunday, 25 November 2001, Israeli occupying forces shot live ammunition at a group of youth demonstrating in the city of Bethlehem, killing a 12-year-old child. On the same day in Gaza, Israeli helicopter gunships fired several missiles at buildings belonging to the Palestinian police in northern and southern Gaza. Moreover, Israeli occupying forces demolished two homes belonging to Palestinian civilians near the town of Deir Al-Balah.

In follow-up of my previous 81 letters to you regarding this ongoing crisis situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, dated from 29 September 2000 to 19 November 2001 (A/55/432-S/2000/921; A/55/437-S/2000/930; A/55/450-S/2000/957; A/55/466-S/2000/971; A/55/474-S/2000/984; A/55/490-S/2000/993; A/ES-10/39-S/2000/1015; A/ES-10/40-S/2000/1025; A/ES-10/42-S/2000/1068; A/ES-10/43-S/2000/1078; A/ES-10/44 S/2000/1093; A/ES-10/45-S/2000/1104; A/ES-10/46-S/2000/1107; A/ES-10/47-S/2000/1116; A/ES-10/48-S/2000/1129; A/ES-10/49-S/2000/1154; A/ES-10/50-S/2000/1173; A/ES-10/51-S/2000/1185; A/ES-10/52-S/2000/1206; A/ES-10/53-S/2000/1247; A/ES-10/54-S/2001/7; A/ES-10/55-S/2001/33; A/ES-10/56-S/2001/50; A/ES-10/57-S/2001/101; A/ES-10/58-S/2001/131; A/ES-10/59-S/2001/156; A/ES-10/60-S/2001/175; A/ES-10/61-S/2001/189; A/ES-10/64-S/2001/209; A/ES-10/65-S/2001/226; A/ES-10/66-S/2001/239; A/ES-10/67-S/2001/255;A/ES-10/68-S/2001/284; A/ES-10/69-S/2001/295; A/ES-10/70-S/2001/304; A/ES-10/71-S/2001/314; A/ES-10/72-S/2001/332; A/ES-10/75-S/2001/352; A/ES-10/76-S/2001/372; A/ES-10/79-S/2001/418; A/ES-10/80-S/2001/432; A/ES-10/81-S/2001/447; A/ES-10/82-S/2001/463; A/ES-10/83-S/2001/471; A/ES-10/84-S/2001/479; A/ES-10/85-S/2001/486; A/ES-10/86-S/2001/496; A/ES-10/87-S/2001/504; A/ES-10/88-S/2001/508; A/ES-10/89-S/2001/544; A/ES-10/90-S/2001/586; A/ES-10/91-S/2001/605; A/ES-10/92-S/2001/629; A/ES-10/93-S/2001/657; A/ES-10/94-S/2001/669; A/ES-10/95-S/2001/686; A/ES-10/96-S/2001/697; A/ES-10/97-S/2001/708; A/ES-10/98-S/2001/717;A/ES-10/99-S/2001/742;A/ES-10/100-S/2001/754; A/ES10/101-S/2001/783; A/ES-10/102-S/2001/785; A/ES-10/103-S/2001/798; A/ES10/104;S/2001/812; A/ES-10/105-S/2001/814; A/ES-10/107-S/2001/821; A/ES-10/108-S/2001/826; A/ES-10/111-S/2001/880; A/ES-10/112-S/2001/918; A/ES-10/114-S/2001/928; A/ES-10/115-S/2001/932; A/ES-10/116-S/2001/941; A/ES-10/117-S/2001/971 A/ES-10/118-S/2001/989; A/ES-10/119-S/2001/991, A/ES-10/121-S/2001/1007, A/ES-10/122-S/2001/1024; A/ES-10/123-S/2001/1036; A/ES-10/124-S/2001/1084 and A/ES-10/125-S/2001/1092), I regret to inform you that since my last letter to you on 19 November, 12 more Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli occupying forces. (The names of the martyrs, including the martyrs mentioned above, are contained in the annex to the present letter.) These killings raise the number of Palestinians killed since 28 September 2000 to 777 martyrs. At the same time, the number of Palestinians injured, many critically, by the occupying forces, also continues to rise.

Names of Martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces In the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem* (Tuesday, 20 November 2001 through Sunday, 25 November 2001)

Tuesday, 20 November 2001

  1. Maher Jihad Tarek Deghles

Thursday, 22 November 2001

  1. Mohammed Na’eem Abdel Karim Al-Astal (13 years old)
  2. Akram Na’eem Abdel Karim Al-Astal (6 years old)
  3. Anis Idrees Mohammed Al-Astal (10 years old)
  4. Omar Idrees Mohammed Al-Astal (12 years old)
  5. Mohammed Sultan Mohammed Al-Astal (11 years old)

Friday, 23 November 2001

  1. Wael Ali Abu Radwan (15 years old)
  2. Mahmoud Abu Hanoud
  3. Ayman Rasheed Hashayka
  4. Mamoun Rasheed Hashayka
  5. Ahmed Mohammed Ali Hinawi

Sunday, 25 November 2001

  1. Kifah Khaled Ebeid (12 years old)

* Total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by Israeli occupying forces since 28 September 2000 = 777