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

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12 of 36 were considered by at least one of the human rights organizations to be a part of an armed group.

Eight drone missile strikes targeted persons on motorcycles, including 6 alleged armed individuals.

Six drone missile strikes targeted persons in cars or trucks, including one alleged armed group in a car,

22 drone strikes targeted houses and/or persons in houses, including three "roof-knock" attacks prior to IDF jets bombing the houses. 18 housing units were destroyed, 52 housing units were damaged, as were six stores, one mosque and one hospital, either in the drone strike, or jet attacks after the attack. Many more housing units were destroyed by jets not in conjunction with drones. Six housing units identified with alleged leaders of armed groups were targeted by drones.

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27 drone missile strikes targeted groups of persons who were in the open outside of buildings, with 12 of the groups called "armed groups" by at least one of the human rights organizations.

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Drone strikes by region in Gaza

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Both human rights organizations documented all IDF strikes by region. Following is the data on drone strikes only by region:

Northern Gaza Area

In the Northern Gaza area, the Israeli military killed 23 people and wounded 61 in 37 drone strikes using 44 missiles.

The 23 persons killed by drones were aged 20, 18, 29, 27, 22, 27, 42, 10, 36, 6, 51, 32, 21, 20, 17, 31, 23, 22, 48, 19, 12, 28, and 22 (including three children ages six, 10 and 12).

17 killed by drones in Northern Gaza were civilians, including three children.

Six killed by drones were considered part of an armed group by at least one of the human rights organizations of Gaza. (Essam Mahmoud Abu Al-Meiza, 19; Mohammed Ibrahim Hani al-Kassih, 18; Mohammed Muhaisen al-Barrawi, 22; Abdul Rahman Mustafa Hamad, 31; Mohammed Adnan al-Ashqar, 22; Mohammed Shihada, 23).

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Three who were  injured in drone attacks were considered to be part of armed groups by at least one of the human rights organizations of Gaza.

21 individuals or groups of people outside of buildings were targeted by drones; three persons were targeted on two motorcycles and were identified as militants by at least one of the Gaza human rights organizations. Four cars were targets. IDF drones destroyed six housing units and damaged 37 housing units, six stores and one mosque. There were three "roof-knocking" drone strikes. In Northern Gaza, there were two drone strikes on November 14, one on November 15, three on November 16, eight on November 18, six on November 19, six on November 20 and 12 on November 21.

Approximately 298 Israeli jet warplane strikes were made in Northern Gaza, 10 artillery strikes and four naval bombardments with approximately 82 shells.

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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand (more...)

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