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

Abdel-Hadi Abu Dahrouj

August 23, 2014: Abdel-Hadi Hayel Abu Dahrouj, 18 months, was killed by Israeli soldiers who fired a missile from a fighter jet at the house of Shehda Abed-Rabbo Abu Dahrouj, 68, in the Zawaida village, close to the Nusseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Abdel-Hadi was killed along with his father, Hayel, 28, his mother, Huda, 27, and his brother, Abdullah, 3, in addition to his aunt, Hayat, 49.

Two children, identified as Mohammad Suleiman Abu Dahrouj, 10, and Abdel-Hamid Suleiman Abu Dahrouj, 8, suffered serious injuries, while several nearby homes were also damaged. Abdel-Hadi was from Zawaida village in central Gaza. Source: IMEMC

Sara Mohammed Daif

August 19, 2014: Sara Mohammed Daif, 36 months, was killed by six Israeli missiles fired at the three-story house of Rabah al-Dalu, 51, in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, north of Gaza City, where eight members of al-Dalu family lived, along with two families, were renting apartments in the same building that was turned into rubble, and many nearby homes and buildings were damaged.

Sara, was killed along with her mother, Wedad, 27, who was the wife of Mohammad Daif, the leader of Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in addition to her brother, Ali, 7 months, Rabah’s wife, Wafa’ Hussein al-Dalu, 48, and their two sons, Ahmed, 19, and Mustafa, 13.

15 Palestinians were injured in the attack, while a nearby bus company was also targeted with missiles, leading to the destruction of 36 vehicles. Sara was from Gaza. Source: Mezan Center for Human Rights

Ali Mohammed Daif

August 19, 2014: Ali Mohammed Daif, 7 months, was killed by six Israeli missiles fired at the three-story house of Rabah al-Dalu, 51, in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, north of Gaza City, where eight members of al-Dalu family lived, along with two families who were renting apartments in the same building that was turned into rubble, and many nearby homes and buildings were damaged.

Ali, whose body was located under the rubble two days after the bombing, was killed along with his mother, Wedad, 27, the wife of Mohammad Daif, the leader of Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in addition to his sister, Sara, 36 months, Rabah’s wife, Wafa’ Hussein al-Dalu, 48, and their two sons, Ahmed, 19, and Mustafa, 13.

Fifteen Palestinians were injured in the attack, while a nearby bus company was also targeted with missiles, leading to the destruction of 36 vehicles. Ali was from Gaza. Source: Mezan Center for Human Rights

Asma’ Mohammed al-Bakri

August 04, 2014: Asma’ Mohammed al-Bakri, 3 months, was killed by Israeli missiles fired at the three-story house of Ahmed Kamal al-Bakri, which housed four other families, with a total of 30 Palestinians, including 17 children, in the al-Shati’ refugee camp, in western Gaza. Her mother, Ibtisam, 37, her sister, Asil, 7, and her brother, Kamal, 3, were also killed in the strike along with her uncle, Ramadan Ahmed al-Bakri, 33, and Ibrahim Mohammad al-Mashharawi, 33, who was visiting them, while 35 Palestinians, including 14 children and 8 women, were injured, and two nearby homes, belonging to Ayyad and Abu Touha families, were also damaged in the strike that was carried out during a unilateral truce announced by Israel. Asma’ was from Shaty refugee camp, in Gaza. Source: Mezan Center for Human Rights