Friday, January 2, 2009


At approximately 2:40pm yesterday, Thursday 1 January 2008, Israeli aircrafts fired heavy missiles at the house of Nizar Rayyan, a leader in the Hamas movement, in the Jabaliya refugee camp, causing massive destruction in the camp and killing 16 of its residents, 11 of whom were children. The victims were identified as:

  • 49-year-old Nizar Abdul-Qadir Rayyan;
  • 40-year-old Nawal Ismail Rayyan;
  • 46-year-old Hyiam Abdul-Rahman Rayyan;
  • 45-year-old Iman Khalil Rayyan;
  • 25-year-old Shirin Said Rayyan;
  • 2-year-old Asad Nizar Rayyan;
  • 3-year-old Usama Nizar Rayyan;
  • 3-year-old Aiysha Nizar Rayyan;
  • 4-year-old Reem Nizar Rayyan;
  • 5-year-old Halima Nizar Rayyan;
  • 5-year-old Meryam Nizar Rayyan;
  • 6-year-old Abdul-Rahman Nizar Rayyan;
  • 12-year-old Abdul-Qadir Nizar Rayyan;
  • 12-year-old Ayia Nizar Rayyan;
  • 15-year-old Zainab Nizar Rayyan;
  • 16-year-old Ghassan Nizar Rayyan
The victims are from the same family. The body of Ghassan was still under the rubble of the house at the time this release was drafted. Moreover, 12 people, including five children and one woman, were injured this raid. It also destroyed 10 houses completely and caused damage to another dozens of other houses.

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

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