May 15, 2021: Abd al-Rahman Mohammad al-Hadidi, 8, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck his family’s home in the al-Shati refugee camp, in Gaza.
The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR) said that at approximately 01:30 after midnight, Israeli warplanes launched six missiles at a 3-story house belonging to ‘Alaa Abdul ‘Aal Abu Hatab in the refugee camp, without informing its residents to evacuate.
As a result, 9 people, including 2 women and 7 children, were killed and identified as: the house owner’s wife, Yasmine Mohammed Khamis Abu Hatab, 31, and her 4 children, Yousef, 11, Maryam, 8, Belal, 9, and Yamin, 6, the house owner’s sister, Maha Mohammed Abdul ‘Aal Abu Hatab “al-Hadidi”, 35, and 3 of her children, Osama, 6, ‘Abdul Rahman and Suhaib, 13, Mohammed Subhi al-Hadidi, while their 5-month old brother was moderately injured.
On the same day, Israeli missiles killed 21 Palestinians Killed, including 2 Women, 8 Children, and Girl with a disability, and injured 113 Palestinians, including 33 Women and 36 Children.
The PCHR said in its report: “On the sixth day of the Israeli offensive on Gaza, the death toll reached 143, including forty children and twenty-two women, while the number of injuries reached 655, including 194 children and 154 women.”
For the sixth consecutive day, Israeli forces escalated their offensive on the Gaza Strip, continued their indiscriminate and intense air, sea, and land strikes as part of their collective punishment and retaliation policy.
Israeli forces bombed residential buildings filled with civilians, massacring entire families, and destroyed the infrastructure in city centers and densely populated neighborhoods. They also targeted agricultural lands, governmental facilities, and military sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, rendering the Gaza Strip an unsafe zone.
The forced displacement of thousands of residents from their houses in the eastern Gaza Strip continued due to the violent artillery shelling and the firing of smoke grenades which spread bad smells and caused nausea and eye irritation. On its 73rd anniversary, this scene reminded us of the Palestinian Nakba.