Firas Rasmi Salem Sawarka

November 14, 2019: Firas Rasmi Salem Sawarka, 2, was killed along with his parents and two older brothers, as well as his aunt and two cousins, by an Israeli missile strike that hit their family home on Thursday at dawn.

His little sister, an infant, survived while shielded by her brother’s body. When the bodies were recovered from the rubble by rescue workers, the workers who saved the baby thought that it seemed her brothers died trying to protect her from harm.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza reported that Israeli missiles targeted a Palestinian home in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, killing eight members of the same family, and wounding thirteen others.

The Health Ministry stated that Israeli F16 war jets fired missiles into a home in Deir al-Balah, killing eight family members, and wounding at least thirteen others, most of them women and children.

The remains of two more children were found under the rubble after a lengthy search for survivors.

Mohannad’s best friend Mohammed Mehsen, 14, said to reporters with Middle East Eye at his funeral, “We heard the massive explosion at midnight and immediately rushed to their house. I was shocked. Muhannad’s house completely disappeared, as if it had never been there.”

Although Muhannad was two years younger than Mohammed, he was his “closest friend”.

“I knew Muhannad since we were in kindergarten, we were friends and neighbours, and used to go to school together,” the boy said.

“Muhannad and I used to play with our bicycles every day after school, but when it got dark at night, we loved to play hide and seek,” he smiled. “He loved animals and especially dogs, he always wanted to adopt one”

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has reported that the slain Sawarka (Abu Malhous) family has been officially identified as:

  1. Rasmi Salem Odah Sawarka, 45.
  2. Mariam Salem Nasser Sawarka, 45.
  3. Mohannad Rasmi Salem Sawarka, 12.
  4. Firas Rasmi Salem Sawarka, 2.
  5.  Salem Rasmi Salem Sawarka, 3.
  6.  Moath Mohammad Salem Sawarka, 7.
  7. Waseem Mohammad Salem Sawarka, 13.
  8. Yosra Mohammad Awwad Sawarka, 39.

Only one toddler survived the Israeli attack and was found shielded by her slain brother. She was identified as Farah Rasmi Salem Al Sawarka, sister to Mohannad, 12, Salem, 3, and Firas, 2, who were killed, and the youngest child of Rasmi Salem al-Sawarka, 45, and Mariam Sawarka. Both parents were also killed. Farah is the only surviving family member. Her uncle, Mohammad, also survived the attack with severe injuries, but his wife and two children – Moath, 7, and Waseem, 13, were killed.

The slain and injured Palestinians were moved to the al-Aqsa hospital, while medics and rescue teams started a search campaign, looking for more Palestinians who might be buried under the rubble.

In related news, a six-month pregnant woman, identified as Iman Abu Tayyim, suffered a miscarriage in a severe anxiety attack after the soldiers fired missiles near her home, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The escalation on the Gaza Strip started when Israel assassinated a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad, identified as Baha’ Abu al-‘Ata, when the soldiers dropped a missile on his home, killing him along with his wife, Asma’, also wounding many members of their family, in addition to a female neighbor, in the Sheja’eyya area, east of Gaza city.

Israeli missiles and shells have caused a power blackout after striking main powerlines and transformers, especially in Gaza city and the northern parts of the coastal region, including Jabalia and Beit Lahia.

The deaths of the 8 family members bring the total number of casualties in the three days of Israeli aggression against Gaza to 34. More than 100 have been wounded. Among the wounded are at least 30 children and 13 women. No Israelis have been killed or wounded.

Just after the family was killed, a ceasefire went into effect at 5:30 am on Thursday morning.

Firas was from Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza. Source: IMEMC

Salem Rasmi Salem Sawarka

November 14, 2019: Salem Rasmi Salem Sawarka, 3, was killed along with his parents and two older brothers, as well as his aunt and two cousins, by an Israeli missile strike that hit their family home on Thursday at dawn.

His little sister, an infant, survived while shielded by her brother’s body. When the bodies were recovered from the rubble by rescue workers, the workers who saved the baby thought that it seemed her brothers died trying to protect her from harm.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza reported that Israeli missiles targeted a Palestinian home in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, killing eight members of the same family, and wounding thirteen others.

The Health Ministry stated that Israeli F16 war jets fired missiles into a home in Deir al-Balah, killing eight family members, and wounding at least thirteen others, most of them women and children.

The remains of two more children were found under the rubble after a lengthy search for survivors.

Mohannad’s best friend Mohammed Mehsen, 14, said to reporters with Middle East Eye at his funeral, “We heard the massive explosion at midnight and immediately rushed to their house. I was shocked. Muhannad’s house completely disappeared, as if it had never been there.”

Although Muhannad was two years younger than Mohammed, he was his “closest friend”.

“I knew Muhannad since we were in kindergarten, we were friends and neighbours, and used to go to school together,” the boy said.

“Muhannad and I used to play with our bicycles every day after school, but when it got dark at night, we loved to play hide and seek,” he smiled. “He loved animals and especially dogs, he always wanted to adopt one”

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has reported that the slain Sawarka (Abu Malhous) family has been officially identified as:

  1. Rasmi Salem Odah Sawarka, 45.
  2. Mariam Salem Nasser Sawarka, 45.
  3. Mohannad Rasmi Salem Sawarka, 12.
  4. Firas Rasmi Salem Sawarka, 2.
  5.  Salem Rasmi Salem Sawarka, 3.
  6.  Moath Mohammad Salem Sawarka, 7.
  7. Waseem Mohammad Salem Sawarka, 13.
  8. Yosra Mohammad Awwad Sawarka, 39.

Only one toddler survived the Israeli attack and was found shielded by her slain brother. She was identified as Farah Rasmi Salem Al Sawarka, sister to Mohannad, 12, Salem, 3, and Firas, 2, who were killed, and the youngest child of Rasmi Salem al-Sawarka, 45, and Mariam Sawarka. Both parents were also killed. Farah is the only surviving family member. Her uncle, Mohammad, also survived the attack with severe injuries, but his wife and two children – Moath, 7, and Waseem, 13, were killed.

The slain and injured Palestinians were moved to the al-Aqsa hospital, while medics and rescue teams started a search campaign, looking for more Palestinians who might be buried under the rubble.

In related news, a six-month pregnant woman, identified as Iman Abu Tayyim, suffered a miscarriage in a severe anxiety attack after the soldiers fired missiles near her home, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The escalation on the Gaza Strip started when Israel assassinated a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad, identified as Baha’ Abu al-‘Ata, when the soldiers dropped a missile on his home, killing him along with his wife, Asma’, also wounding many members of their family, in addition to a female neighbor, in the Sheja’eyya area, east of Gaza city.

Israeli missiles and shells have caused a power blackout after striking main powerlines and transformers, especially in Gaza city and the northern parts of the coastal region, including Jabalia and Beit Lahia.

The deaths of the 8 family members bring the total number of casualties in the three days of Israeli aggression against Gaza to 34. More than 100 have been wounded. Among the wounded are at least 30 children and 13 women. No Israelis have been killed or wounded.

Just after the family was killed, a ceasefire went into effect at 5:30 am on Thursday morning.

Salem was from Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza. Source: IMEMC

Maria Ahmad al-Ghazali

May 5, 2019: Maria Ahmad al-Ghazali, 4 months, was killed by Israeli airstrikes targeting civilian areas in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed the deaths of 23 Palestinians, including a family – mother, father and 4-month old baby, killed by Israeli missile strikes on residential areas in Gaza.

Palestinian and Israeli media sources reported that 23 Palestinians and 4 Israelis were killed since the Israeli offensive began on Saturday, as Israeli forces escalated their bombardment of the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian resistance groups fired more rockets into Israel.

Within the list of the Palestinians killed were two pregnant women (some media sources have added the two names of the fetuses to the casualty list).

The escalation of airstrikes occurred after Israeli Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu met with his cabinet and announced that he would increase his assault on the besieged coastal strip, where 2 million Palestinians live in the world’s largest open-air prison.

According to Haaretz, the army spokesperson said the military struck 260 “targets” in several parts of the Gaza Strip. Ha’aretz also reported that Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz ordered a temporary halt of the pumping of natural gas from the Tamar field off the coast of Gaza – a gas field which Palestinians say should belong to them, but which Israel claimed several years ago and has been pumping for gas since then.

Authorities say they fear the gas rig being targeted by Palestinian resistance fighters.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Abdel Rahim Mustafa Taha Al-Madhoun  and Hani Hamdan Abu Sha’ar, 37, were killed by Israeli missiles in the  northern Gaza Strip.

Four civilians, including a pregnant woman and her two children, were killed in an overnight raid on the town of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. They were identified as: Abdullah Abdul Rahim Al Madhoun, 22, Fadi Ragheb Badran, 31, and Shahida Amani Al-Madhoun (33 years old), who was killed along with her unborn baby – she was nine months pregnant.

In addition to the three killed,  eight others were reportedly injured in the Israeli  airstrike, which targeted Al-Faraj Sheikh Zayed in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.

Two Palestinian civilians were reportedly killed in the shelling of Rafah. They were identified as Mousa Muammar, 24, and Ali Abdul Jawad, 51 years old. Three people were seriously injured in that same airstrike, which  targeted a residential building in the city of Rafah.

The Israeli airforce reportedly targeted the home of the Director General of the Internal Security Forces in Gaza, Major General Tawfiq Abu Naim in Nosseirat central Gaza Strip.

Two apartments were destroyed in Tower No. 10 in the Sheikh Zayed Towers in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Health Ministry has reported that the army fired missiles into an apartment in Zayed Residential Towers, in northern Gaza, Sunday, killing Maria Ahmad Ramadan al-Ghazali, 4 months, along with her father Ahmad Ramadan al-Ghazali, 31, and her mother Iman Abdullah Usrof, 30.

The Ministry of Health also announced that two people were killed in a bombardment targeting agricultural land behind Ibrahim al-Maqadma Mosque in Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Two Palestinians were killed in that airstrike, they were identified as Mohammad Abdul Nabi Abu Armaneh, 30, and Mahmoud Samir Abu Armanah, 27.

Both were taken to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Hospital in Deir Al-Balah .

Israeli airstrikes destroyed the internal security building inside the governor’s palace west of Gaza City, following the destruction of another house belonging to the Mashtah family in central Gaza and a house belonging to the Abu Qamar family in al-Sina’a Street in Tel al-Hawa neighborhood in the west of Gaza City.

Earlier, Israeli planes carried out the first extrajudicial assassination in the current escalation by shelling a car belonging to Hamed al-Khudari, 34. He was targeted allegedly for transporting money from Iran to Gaza. Two other Palestinian fighters were killed in a separate airstrike around the same time.

In the official statistics, the Ministry of Health said that 10 people have been killed on Sunday and more than 95 people were injured as a result of the ongoing Israeli escalation for the second day in the Gaza Strip.

Ma’an News reported that four Palestinians were wounded when Israeli artillery shelled the house of the Awad family in al-Fakhari area east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Two civilians were wounded by shrapnel targeting civilians east of Al-Shojaeya neighborhood in the east of Gaza.Israeli aircraft targeted a house in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip and an iron workshop belonging to the Abu Zour family in the Zeitoun neighborhood south of Gaza City.

Maria was from the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Malak Rajabi

March 6, 2019: Malak Rajabi, 18 months, died in a fire in Hebron when rescue crews were blocked by the Israeli military from reaching the home before Malak and her brother burned alive inside.

The mayor of Hebron, Taysir Abu Sneina, held the Israeli army responsible for the death of two children, who died in a fire in their home, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after the military delayed Palestinian fire trucks and Red Crescent ambulances, at two roadblocks in the city.

Spokesperson of the Palestinian Police in the occupied West Bank, Lieutenant Luay Zreiqat, said a child, identified as Wa’el Rajabi, four years old, and his infant sister, Malak, 18 months of age, died in the fire.

Lieutenant Zreiqat added that a third brother of the two deceased siblings suffered serious burns and remains in a critical condition.

The house is in an area that is under full Israeli control and separated by the rest of the occupied city by many military roadblocks.

Hebron Fire Chief, Ayman Nassereddin, said that the fire department received a call at 10:35 on Tuesday at night, regarding a fire at the Palestinian house, in the Old City of Hebron.

Nassereddin added that the fire trucks, and ambulances, were instantly dispatched to the scene, but the soldiers stopped them on two different military roadblocks; one is called 160, and the other is Ja’abra roadblock.

He also stated that the Palestinian District Coordination Office contacted the Israeli counterpart, and it took at least twenty minutes for the fire trucks and the ambulances to be allowed through.

The rescue team managed to control the fire before it spread to surrounding homes.

Malak was from Hebron, in the southern West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Bayan Abu Khammash

August 9, 2018: Bayan Abu Khammash, 18 months old, was killed along with her nine-months-pregnant mother when the Israeli airforce dropped a bomb on their home.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that Israeli army missiles killed a pregnant Palestinian mother, and her infant daughter, 18 months of age, in central Gaza. The mother was nine months pregnant.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, has confirmed that the soldiers killed a pregnant woman, identified as Enas Mohammad Abu Khammash, 23, and her child Bayan Abu Khammash, 18 months, in their home in al-Ja’farawi area, Deir al-Balah, in Gaza’s Central District.

He added that the bombardment also caused moderate wounds to Enas’s husband, Mohammad Khammash.

Furthermore, the soldiers injured at least twelve Palestinians in ongoing Israeli bombardment of several parts of the Gaza Strip, and earlier killed one Palestinian, identified as Ali al-Ghandour, 30.

In addition, the Israeli Air Force fired three missiles at a concrete factory, and three other missiles into a nearby area, northwest of Gaza city.

Media sources in Gaza said Israeli missiles also struck sites, run by armed resistance groups, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, while more missiles were fired from drones into sites in the Sudaniyya area, northwest of Gaza city, and Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Also on Wednesday, the army fired several missiles into various areas of the Gaza Strip, including a building in the Sudaniyya area of northern Gaza, which was first struck by three missiles, followed by an additional six missiles, just minutes later.

The Israeli army said it targeted several Hamas centers in Gaza, reportedly when six Israelis were injured in the Sderot settlement, in the Negev, “after eight shells were fired from Gaza”.

Israeli Ynet News said that one Israeli man, aged 23, was injured by shrapnel in his leg, and added that “two pregnant women in addition to a man, 42 years of age, were treated for shock,” before being moved to Barzilai Hospital.

It alleged that Hamas fighters fired live rounds at “civil engineering equipment”, used as part of a “anti-tunnel barrier’” which is being built along the barrier with Gaza, causing damage, before the army fire a tank shell at a Hamas post.

Hamas said its fighters fired shells into nearby army posts, in retaliation to Israeli bombardment of the coastal region, and added that it has no Interest in escalation.

Hamas leaders said that they are holding talks with Egypt, to restore calm to the region, and to avoid a potentially serious military escalation.

For its part, the Israeli army said it raised the alert level along the border with Gaza, after noticing that Hamas fighters were evacuated from their posts along the border, a move that Hamas said was meant to ensure their safety, and avoid further escalation, while the army considered it as part of preparation for potential escalation.

On Tuesday, the Israeli army killed two Hamas fighters, identified as Ahmad Abdullah Morjan, 23, and Abdul-Hafeth Mohammad Seelawi, 23, in northern Gaza.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, issued a statement denouncing the Israeli assassination of two of its fighters, in northern Gaza, and holding Israel accountable for any future escalation.

It stated that the two fighters were part of a military training in “Asqalan” center, one of its training locations in northern Gaza, and that many Palestinians, including political leaders of Hamas, were in attendance.

Bayan was from al-Ja’farawi area, in Deir al-Balah, in Gaza’s Central District. Source: IMEMC

Laila Ghandour

May 14, 2018:  Laila Ghandour, 8 months old, died from suffocation from tear gas near the protest.

She was in a tent, one one of many which were known to contain families, medical teams, and injured protesters.

She was one of sixty Palestinians killed during a protest against the U.S. moving its Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday May 14th, 2018.

The protest also focused on commemorating  the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe), when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced from their homes for the creation of the state of Israel – creating the largest refugee population on earth, many of whom remain in exile generations later.

Laila’s family had not carried the baby to the protest, as some media agencies claimed. An interview with her father after her death by RT News made it clear that the baby was in a tent located 1.5 kilometers away from the border. Her grandmother was holding her when the tear gas came flooding into the tent. The grandmother tried to shield the baby from the gas, but was not able to run fast enough to escape the cloud of gas that filled the area.

According to Laila’s father, the grandmother then handed Laila to Laila’s older sister, who tried to shield the baby as she ran home carrying her. When she made it inside the house, the baby was already turning blue. They rushed her to the hospital, but it was too late.

Laila was a medically fragile child who had been born with a hole in her heart. She was scheduled for surgery in October of 2018, if the condition did not resolve itself by then. Laila’s father stated that in her last checkup, the doctors indicated that the medical treatment she was undergoing appeared to be working, and the family should continue with the same treatment and Laila would likely be able to avoid surgery.

Her condition, patent ductus arteriosus, is relatively common and does not cause a patient to stop breathing without a secondary cause, according to a Harvard medical doctor who was interviewed by the New York Times about Laila’s case two days after her death.

The British news agency ‘The Guardian’ reported on May 24th, 2018 that Gaza’s Health Ministry had removed Laila’s name from the list of those killed on May 14th, pending an investigation — but there was no evidence that the Health Ministry had removed her name from any list.

The Israeli military spokesperson attempted to cast doubt on the family’s account, claiming, without evidence or investigation, two days after her death, that the baby had not died of tear gas but solely because of a pre-existing health condition.

The Israeli military offered no evidence for their version of the death of Laila, instead issuing a series of tweets that said the death of the baby was ‘Hamas propaganda’ – without backing that claim with any information or evidence.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed 60 Palestinians on Monday, May 14th, 2018, including an eight month old baby, 6 children and four officers of the Ministry of Interior and National Security, in the Gaza Strip, and injured more than 2700.

Among the slain Palestinians are an eight month old baby, six children, including one girl, and among the wounded are 122 children, and 44 women.

27 of the wounded Palestinians suffered very serious wounds, 59 serious injuries, 735 moderate wounds, and 882 suffered light wounds.

772 of the wounded Palestinians were shot with live rounds, three with rubber-coated steel bullets, 91 with shrapnel, 100 cuts and bruises and 737 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

65 of the wounded were shot in the head and neck, 116 in their arms, 48 in the chest and back, 651 in the lower extremities, 52 in several parts of their bodies and 737 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also caused damage to at least one ambulance and injured one medic and eleven journalists.

In addition, the Health Ministry called on Egypt to urgently send emergency medical supplies and specialists, mainly surgeons, intensive care physicians, anesthesia specialists, and to allow the transfer of a large number of the wounded to Egyptian hospitals, especially those indeed of urgent surgeries, since Gaza hospitals lack the needed supplies

Laila was from the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Abdul-Rahman Barghouthi

July 07, 2017: Abdul-Rahman Mahmoud Barghouthi, 18 months, died from the severe effects of teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers invaded Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah in central West Bank, and fired many gas bombs.

The toddler was injured in May, before he was moved to a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah, and was later transferred to Hadassah Israeli Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he died from his serious wounds.

Local sources in Aboud said the soldiers invaded the village and attacked Palestinian protesters, before firing dozens of gas bombs at them and many homes, causing several Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Volunteers with the Palestinian Civil Defense said they rushed to the toddler’s home when he was injured, but could not drive to the property after the soldiers stopped their ambulance, an issue that forced them to run to the home, and carry the child all the way back to the ambulance. Abdul-Rahman was from Aboud. Source: IMEMC

Ali Dawabsha

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July 31, 2015: 
Ali Saad Dawabsha, 18 months old, was burned to death after right-wing Israelis firebombed his family’s home. His mother, father, and four-year-old brother, were severely burned, and both of his parents later died of their wounds. Their family was from Douma village near Nablus. Source: IMEMC