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Israeli Drone Strikes in Gaza in November 2012 Attack: Two-Thirds Killed Were Civilians

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Gaza City Area

In the Gaza City area, the IDF conducted seven drone strikes using 11 missiles. No one was killed or injured by drone strikes in Gaza City.

IDF drones primarily targeted housing in Gaza city, destroying four housing units and damaging four housing units. Two houses reportedly belonged to members of armed groups. A drone strike damaged the Jordanian hospital. Three of the drone strikes were classified as "roof knocking" strikes.

The IDF made one drone strike (with three missiles) in the Gaza City area on November 17, one drone strike on November 18, two drone strikes on November 19 (with four missiles) and two drone strikes (with two missiles) on November 20.  

However, over 120 jet warplane strikes were made in the Gaza City area and two naval bombardments.

Middle Gaza (Deir al_Balah) Area

In the Middle Gaza area (Deir al-Balah), no drone strikes were reported.

However, Middle Gaza had approximately 137 Israeli jet warplane strikes, eight artillery strikes and five naval bombardments.

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Khan Younis Area

In the Khan Younis area, IDF drones killed three persons in 12 drone strikes in which 20 missiles were fired. 14 persons were injured by drone, three of those injured were considered a part of an armed group by one of the human rights organizations of Gaza. 

The three persons were killed were ages 24, 80 and 15 and none were considered part of an armed group by the human rights groups of Gaza. Four persons on two motorcycles were targeted and were considered part of armed groups by at least one of the Gaza human rights organizations. Three groups or individuals were targeted outside buildings. Four housing units were destroyed and seven housing units were damaged, including the homes of two al Qassam members/leaders and one Hamas leader as identified by at least one human rights organization in Gaza. Three drone strikes were classified as "roof-knocking" strikes. Three drone strikes in the Khan Younis area occurred on November 16, four on November 17, four on November 18 and one on November 21.

The IDf made approximately 113 jet warplane strikes, eight artillery strikes and one naval bombardment in the Khan Younis area.

Rafah Area

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In the Rafah area, IDF drones killed 11 persons and injured 25, including four children in 16 drone strikes, using 24 missiles. Five of those killed were considered civilians.

The 11 persons who were killed were ages 36, 23, 24, 25, 36, 26, 21, 27, 30, 26, and  one elderly whose age was not given .

Six of those killed were considered to be a part of armed groups by at least one of Gaza's human rights organizations (Mokhlis Odwan, 36; Mohammed Saleh al-Loulahi, 24; Abdul Rahman Salem al Masri, 23; Ahmed Ussama al-Atrash, 24; Awad al-Nahal, 25, Hossam Al-Zene, 30).

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Ann Wright is a 29 year US Army/Army Reserves veteran who retired as a Colonel and a former US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia. In December, 2001 (more...)

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