"Thousands" of Kassams, but how many Israeli shells?
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Statistics: Since 2001, total number of identified rocket and
mortar shell hits: 9,145. 24/09/2009
reports increase in Israeli shells fired into Gaza
2 August 2006
There has been a significant rise in the number of artillery shells
fired by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) into Gaza, which remains
tense, a United Nations spokesman reported today. With at least
1,050 shells fired in the last week, the UN remains “remain very
concerned about the threat this poses to civilians and civilian
infrastructure,” Ahmad Fawzi told reporters in New York.
Jerusalem: 14 April 2006
Since the start of April, Israeli forces say they have fired more
than 2,000 artillery shells into the northern Gaza Strip.
Finkelstein on Democracy Now, 6/29/06
Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in September 2005 ’til today, the
estimates run between 7,000 and 9,000 heavy artillery shells have
been shot and fired into Gaza. On the Palestinian side, the
estimates are approximately 1,000 Kassam missiles, crude missiles,
have been fired into Israel. So we have a ratio of between seven
and nine to one.
After Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, between the end of
March and the end of May 2006, Israel fired at least 5,100
artillery shells into the Gaza Strip.
OCHA Gaza Situation Report 1 - 8 Nov. 2006
The IDF have fired approximately 15,000 artillery shells and more
than over 550 air strikes into the Gaza Strip since disengagement
Source: Palestinian District Coordination Office and OCHA Field
Rights Watch October
IDF artillery shelling into the Gaza Strip increased sharply from
March 2006 (more than 446) to April 2006 (more than 4,522, a
tenfold increase). Palestinian rocket fire increased much less
dramatically in this period (from 136 in March to 152 in
“The use of artillery fire began, for the most part, in November
2005, and thousands of artillery shells have since been fired in
retaliation to the Qassam launches.”
2,000 shells fired into northern Gaza and Gaza City in the first
two weeks of April…
Thousands of homemade Qassam rockets were fired from Gaza into
Israel from 2001 until the end of 2008, kiling 13 Israelis.
Meanwhile, between 2000 and 2008 nearly 5,000 Palestinians were
killed, more than half of them in Gaza. A six-month ceasefire was
shattered in November 2008, when Israeli forces entered Gaza and
killed six Palestinians.
Between 12 September and 31 December 2005, 544 artillery shells
were fired into Gaza, and there were 124 air strikes. Between
January and April 2006, more than 3,600 artillery shells and 63 air
strikes were launched. Most recently, in June (2006) alone, there
were 1,376 shells fired and 122 air strikes.
Watch June 16, 2006
The mayor and others have called for a huge military assault on
Gaza. But human rights groups, and some Israelis, contend that has
already happened: Israel has fired nearly 6,000 artillery shells
into Gaza over roughly the past year in retaliation for the
Qassams, and the United Nations says that more than 80 Palestinians
have been killed by Israeli attacks since the beginning of the
Since 2004, eight people have died in Israel from Qassam fire, the
military (IDF) says.
Open Letter to Quartet Representatives on Israel‘s Bombardment of
Gaza 15 April
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs (OCHA), between 29 March and 12 April 2006, the Israeli
military fired more than 2,300 shells into Gaza, amounting to more
than 150 per day. Over the same time period, Israeli aircrafts
launched 34 missiles into Gaza. There were 62 injured Palestinians,
including 11 children, and 17 killed, amongst them two children. On
11 April, Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz announced an
intensification of these attacks.