Lt. Col. M

November 11, 2018: Lt. Col. M. was killed while invading the Gaza Strip as an undercover Israeli soldier  along with other soldiers dressed as Palestinian civilians to assassinate two Palestinian resistance fighters. When the undercover operation was exposed, the Israeli army then initiated a series of air strikes, firing missiles and shells to secure the retreat of its undercover soldiers, killing a total of seven Palestinians on the same day.

Resistance fighters exchanged fire with the invading soldiers, killing one of them, Israeli sources have confirmed.

The undercover soldiers were driving a Volkswagen car, and drove towards the home of Noureddin Baraka, in Bani Suheila area in Khan Younis, before stopping near the property, the al-Quds News Agency has confirmed.

Palestinian resistance fighters then noticed the car and began following it, catching up to it near a kindergarten in Abasan al-Kabeera town, and asking the passengers to step out of the vehicle and show their ID cards.

The News Agency added that the undercover soldiers, who were in the backseat of the car, then opened fire at the fighters, after realizing their cover-up had been exposed.

Al-Quds also stated that some of the undercover soldiers were wearing veils, pretending to be women. The following day after this report, the Israeli airforce bombed the News Agency, completely destroying its office building.

A senior Palestinian resistance fighter, Noureddin Baraka, was instantly killed in the initial shooting, while other fighters called for help, before chasing the car that carried the undercover forces.

The Israeli army, stationed across the perimeter fence, started firing shells at cars and Palestinians who chased the undercover officers’ vehicle, before it crashed against a wall, and then headed toward the perimeter fence.

So far, the Israeli soldier who was killed in the Gaza invasion, has only been identified as Lt. Col. M. The army is still keeping other information classified, but say his family has officially been notified.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas party, said the undercover soldiers who infiltrated into an area, east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, assassinated one of its senior leaders, identified as Noureddin Mohammad Salama Baraka, 37.

The army also fired several shells into lands, east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in addition to firing many flares.

In a statement, Al-Qassam said that the “resistance in Gaza will continue to defend the Palestinian people,” and vowed that “the enemy will pay a heavy price for its crime.”

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said in a written statement that “what the resistance is doing in Gaza is honorable and brave, proving its readiness to perform its national duties, and to defend the people.”

He also said that “the cowardice enemy will pay a heavy price for its crime.”

Israeli sources have confirmed that one of its “Special Forces” officers was killed in an exchange of fire, which broke out during the offensive, and that another officer was injured.”

The Palestinians who were killed in the Israeli offensive have been identified as:

  1. Noureddin Mohammad Salama Baraka, 37.
  2. Mohammad Majed Mousa al-Qarra, 23.
  3. Khaled Mohammad Ali Qweider, 29.
  4. Mustafa Hasan Mohammad Abu Odah, 21.
  5. Mahmoud Atallah Misbih, 25.
  6. Ala’eddin Fawzi Mohammad Fseifis, 24.
  7. Omar Naji Musallam Abu Khater, 21.

It is worth mentioning that al-Qarra just got married a few days ago. Both Baraka and al-Qarra are senior leaders of the al-Qassam Brigades.

Following this serious Israeli military escalation, the Israeli army asked the Israeli colonialist settlers living close to the border with Gaza to remain indoors, and closed the Zikim road.

Israeli media source said that, after the army assassinated the fighters, Al-Qassam fired at least ten shells into Israel area, and added that the Iron Done system “intercepted two of them.”

Furthermore, the army issued a statement confirming that no soldiers were abducted during the offensive into Gaza, and declared high alert along the border area.

Lt. Col. M. was a Druze, Arabic-speaking soldier from northern Israel. Source: IMEMC

Aviv Levi

Aviv LevyJuly 20, 2018: Aviv Levi, 20, a Staff Sergeant with the Israeli Army, was killed by sniper fire from Gaza. He was the first soldier to be killed by Palestinian fire since Israel’s offensive and major deadly assault in Gaza in 2014.

It is believed that the Levi was shot with a “Steyr HS .50” long range sniper rifle, since the bullet penetrated his military vest and killed him.

Senior Israeli Military officials said that they do not believe Hamas was behind the death of Aviv, who was shot with sniper fire from Gaza, and added that the person who shot the soldier acted without Hamas’s approval.

Israel believes that Hamas did not approve the shooting of the soldier, and had no knowledge of the attack, especially since senior political leaders of the movement, including its Political Bureau Chief Ismael Haniyya, were present in the protest areas.

It said that senior political leaders of the movement would not put themselves at such risk by being exposed near the firing zone if they had any knowledge about the use of live fire by the Palestinians.

They believe that the attack was carried out by a party that is not loyal to Hamas, and does not follow its directives.

It is worth mentioning that Israeli soldiers killed, on the same day, four Palestinians and injured 120 others, including 50 who were rushed to hospitals in the coastal region.

The army also dropped dozens of missiles into Palestinian areas in several parts of the coastal region, before an indirect ceasefire understanding was reached.

On Thursday, July 19, 2018, an Israeli army drone dropped a missile at Palestinians, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, killing one, identified as Abdul-Karim Radwan, 22, and wounding three others.

The bombing came just hours after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that he was planning to launch a large-scale war in Gaza similar to the one in 2014, in which 2200 people were killed. In his statement, he said the ‘Palestinian people will pay the price’ for the continued non-violent protests at the border, which have been going on for 100 days.

Fawzi Barhoum, the spokesperson of Hamas in Gaza, said that Israel has chosen the path of war and offensive on Gaza and its people, by murdering unarmed protesters, and added that these killings have raised the bar of retaliation.

“Israel will be held accountable for its crimes; our resistance has the moral and legal duties to protect its people, despite the dire consequences of its retaliation,” Barhoum said, “Shelling will be met my shelling – the resistance is ready, and capable of retaliation and of fighting for the liberation of its people, for breaking the siege and continuing the struggle for independence.”

In announcing the death of the soldier, the Israeli military issued a statement that, “Hamas will be held accountable for this incident as well as the series of the terror activities it has been executing over the past months. Hamas has chosen to escalate the security situation and will bear the responsibility for its actions.”

The reference to ‘terror activities’ appears to be a reference to the three months of non-violent protests that Palestinians have engaged in at the Gaza-Israel border fence. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, in the period between March 30th and July 17th, 2018, Israeli forces killed 142 Palestinian non-violent demonstrators, and wounded 16,496.

7901 of the wounded were treated in field trauma stabilization units, while 8695 of the wounded were transferred to several hospitals. 17 of the slain Palestinians are children. 68 of the wounded had limbs amputated. Israeli army fire also caused damage to 58 Palestinian ambulances in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

During this period, Palestinian demonstrators have gathered each Friday at the border fence between Gaza and Israel for the ‘Great March of Return’, in which they are demanding a lifting of the decade of sanctions against Gaza, the opening of the border, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees to homes they were forcibly removed from in 1948 during the creation of the state of Israel.

Since the March of Return protests began on March 30th, the Israeli army killed 146 Palestinian protesters, including 17 children, two medics and two journalists. One Israeli soldier was killed in the same time period, in the West Bank, not Gaza, when a stone slab fell on his head from atop a building.

Aviv was from Petah Tikva, in central Israel. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Sami al-Dahdouh

December 24, 2017: Mohammad Sami Hashem al-Dahdouh, 18, succumbed to wounds he sustained on 08 December 2017 at a protest in Gaza, according to medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City .

Mohammad suffered a live bullet wound to the neck fired by Israeli soldiers who invaded eastern Gaza to attack the protests. He was near the border area in “Nahel Oz” area, east of al-Sheja’eyya neighbourhood, east of Gaza city. According to Ashraf al-Qidra of the Palestinian Health Ministry, “Mohammad al-Dahdouh died of his wounds on Sunday”.

Al-Sheja’eyya neighbourhood gained worldwide attention in 2014 when Israeli forces spent two nights, July 20 and 21st, dropping thousands of tons of bombs on the crowded residential neighborhood, causing hundreds of deaths, including whole families crushed under the rubble of their homes, huddled together as the bombing continued non-stop for 48 hours.

Mohammad was shot while he was participating in a protest against the U.S President Donald Trump’s Decree on December 6th to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy there.

Following the December 6th declaration, hundreds of protests sprung up in every part of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as around the world, with tens of thousands of people voicing their outrage at the Trump declaration that effectively denies Palestinians’ historic right to Jerusalem, a city they have inhabited for millennia and that is profoundly sacred to both Muslim and Christian Palestinians.

His death marks the fifteenth Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since the December 6th declaration. No Israelis have been killed or wounded in that time period. All of the Palestinians killed by Israeli forces were engaged in non-violent protests and marches challenging the U.S. decision. Mohammad was from al-Sheja’eyya neighbourhood, east of Gaza city.  Source: IMEMC

Bakr Abu Noqira

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August, 6, 2015: Bakr Hasan Abu Noqira, 22, was killed by an Israeli unexploded ordinance that went off while his family was cleaning the rubble of a destroyed house in Rafah, southern Gaza. Four of his family members were also killed: Hasan Abu Noqira, 45, Abdul-Rahman Abu Noqira, 21, Ahmad Abu Noqira, 38, and Amina Abu Noqira, 77, who died of her wounds on August, 16, 2015. Thirty Palestinians were also injured during the explosion. SourceIMEMC