The 'Arafat family fled their home under bombing and took shelter with relatives. The next day, that house too was bombed and caught fire, as the family escaped to an UNWRA school. (B'Tselem) Read more
During the fighting in Gaza and in southern Israel, Israeli human rights groups worked together to inform the Israeli public of the impact on civilians, particularly regarding events that were not reported by the media. Each group posted the information at its disposal, which has been verified to its best ability under the circumstances. The data is necessarily limited and should not be taken as a comprehensive picture of the human rights violations currently taking place. Upon the declaration of the cease-fire, we have stopped the daily updates. The organizations will continue to use the Blog to provide information on the war and its consequences.
Update for 19 January '09, morning (GMT+2) Gaza: at least 1,300 killed, of them at least 410 children and 104 women. Over 5,320 injured, of them over 350 severely injured (Palestinian Ministry of Health figures). Israel: 3 civilians and 10 soldiers killed. Over 84 civilians injured, of them 4 severely injured, not including those treated for shock. 113 soldiers injured, of them one in critical condition and 20 suffering moderate or severe injuries.
Hotline for Israeli civilians
ACRI, together with SHATIL and the Israel Religious Action Center, are running a hotline offering information in English, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Amharic and Tigrinya about various rights concerning the fighting in Israel and Gaza.