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Palestine: High tensions after Israeli forces kill Al-Quds Brigades chief

3 12.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Headquarters of Independent Commission for Human Rights, Al-Remal, west of Gaza City
W/S Rubble at Headquarters
M/S Man sorting through destroyed Headquarters of Independent Commission for Human Rights
W/S Debris at Headquarters
W/S Debris at Headquarters
W/S Man sorting through rubble
M/S Man sorting through rubble
W/S Debris at Headquarters
W/S Debris at Headquarters
SOT, Raafat Saleh, Director of Independent Commission for Human Rights (Arabic): "This is a new campaign of escalation on the Gaza Strip, during the three wars. They are targeting the civilians in Gaza. Today, the Office of the Commission for Human Rights has been targeted and so far it is not clear how and why, but it is certain that the building of the Commission was affected with great damage. Thank God because we have only one injury at the headquarters."
M/S Damaged exterior of Headquarters
M/S Exterior of Headquarters
SOT, Issam Younis, General Director of the Gaza-based al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights (Arabic): "This is going to increase our insistence on documenting these crimes against the Palestinian people and citizens. What happened is not surprising because they don't want [help] from any human rights organisation to document the Israeli targets and crimes. This will increase our persistence to expose the Israeli occupation."
W/S Plume of smoke over Gaza strip, Israel
M/S Smoke
W/S Smoke hangs over city
W/S City with explosions in distance
M/S Smoke
M/S Explosion
W/S City *UPSOUND* explosion
W/S Plume of smoke
SCRIPT
Israeli warplanes continued to bomb agricultural land and military sites controlled by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) after the head of their armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, was killed in Gaza on Tuesday. Rockets were reportedly fired back at Israel from the Gaza strip.
Footage shows a bombed-out headquarters of the Independent Commission for Human Rights in the al-Memal neighbourhood, west of Gaza City, which was allegedly hit by Israeli airstrikes. There have been no reported injuries. Explosions in the Gaza strip and sirens can also be heard, as smoke billows over the city.
"This is a new campaign of escalation on the Gaza Strip, during the three wars. They are targeting the civilians in Gaza," said Raafat Saleh, Independent Commission for Human Rights director.
Palestine has responded by promising retaliation, according to local reports, as the Islamic Jihad group confirmed both commander Baha Abu al-Atta and his wife were killed. The prime minister had reportedly signed off on the killing.