Protection of Civilians Update 20 November 2012

Key issues

  • As of 13.00 hrs today, since the beginning of hostilities on 14 November, 70 Palestinian civilians, including 23 children and 12 women, have been killed.

  • Three Israeli civilians have been killed and 169 are reported injured, the vast majority civilians.

  • The targeting by the Israeli military of residential properties in Gaza continues, resulting in increasing civilian casualties.

  • The indiscriminate rocket firing from Gaza at Israeli residential areas today resulted in an increase in the number of directly hit homes, civilian injuries and displaced people.

  • While intensive negotiations to broker a ceasefire intensify, Gaza civilians are leaving their homes in increasing numbers to find refuge following warnings from the Israeli Defence Forces.

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