Protection of Civilians Weekly Report 17-23 October 2012

Key issues

The recent escalation in hostilities between armed groups in Gaza and Israel has continued in this reporting period, resulting in the death of one Palestinian civilian (by a Palestinian rocket), the deaths of seven members of armed groups, as well as injuries among Palestinian and Israeli civilians and combatants. Civilian homes, property and infrastructure in Gaza and Israel were also damaged. This escalation highlights again the fragility of the situation and recalls the imperative of all sides to fulfill their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians from the effects of war, including adhering to the principles of proportionality and distinction.

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