May 16, 2021: Qusay Sameh Al-Qulaq, 1, was killed by Israeli missiles while in his home on al-Wehda Street, in Gaza city. The missile strikes killed seventeen members of the al-Qulaq family, ranging in age from 1 to 90, as they huddled in their homes in terror while the Israeli airstrikes continued throughout the night. Local Palestinians reported hearing as many as 150 Israeli bombs during the night.
One of the families wiped out by an Israeli missile during the barrage of bombs dropped on al-Wehda Street was that of Riyad Hasan Ishkantna, who was pulled out of the rubble Sunday morning by rescue crews, barely alive, only to be told when he reached the hospital that his wife and four young children, ranging in age from 2 to 9 years old, were all killed in the Israeli attack.
Also killed in the barrage of airstrikes on al-Wihda Street was Dr. Mo’in Ahmad al-Aloul, a neurologist and brain specialist.
The Health Ministry in Gaza have identified the confirmed names of slain Palestinians from the al-Qulaq family as:
- Amal Jamil Al-Qulaq, 34 years old
- Sameh Fawaz Al-Qulaq, 28 years old
- Saadia Youssef Al-Qulaq, 28 years old
- Izzat Moeen Al-Qulaq, 44 years old
- Adham Ezzat Al-Qulaq, 3 years old
- Qusay Sameh Al-Qulaq, 1 year old
- Hala Mohammed Mo’een Al-Qulaq, 13
- and her sisters: Yara (10),
- Rola (6)
- and Lana (4)
- Abdul Hamid Fawaz Al-Qulaq, 22 years old
- Ameen Mohammed Hamad Al-Qulaq, 90
- Mohammad Awni Al-Qulaq, 17 years old
- Ayat Ibrahim Al-Qulaq, 19 years old
- Ahmad Shukri Al-Qulaq, 17 years old
- Reham Fawaz Al-Qulaq, 30 years old
- Fawaz Shukri Al-Qulaq, 55 years old
The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR) said that medical and Civil Defense crews pulled out thirteen dead bodies, including three women and seven children, from under the rubble of their houses on al-Wehda Street, raising the number of deaths to forty-three, most of them were children and women.
It said that slain Palestinians has been identified as Subhiya Isma’el Hussain Abu al-Ouf, 73, Ameen Mohammed Hamad al-Qolaq, 90, Tawfiq Isma’el Hussain Abu al-Ouf, 80, and his wife, Majdiya Khalil Hussain Abu al-Ouf, 82, Raja’ Subhi Isma’el al-Ifranji “Abu al-Ouf and 3 of her children, Mira Rami Riyad al-Ifranji, 12, Yazan, 13, Ameer, 9, and Hala Mohammed Mo’een al-Qolaq, 13, and her sister, Yara, 10, Rola, 6, and Lana, 4, Riyad Hasan Shkontana, and Mohammed Ahmed Musbah Ikki, 40.
The PCHR said, for the eighth consecutive day, the Israeli army continued the offensive on the Gaza Strip, in violation of the basic principles of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL): necessity, proportionality and distinction.
Tens of Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of intense airstrikes, along with artillery and gunboat shelling. The airstrikes targeted more houses and civilian facilities and intensified the destruction of roads and infrastructure, inflicting more casualties among Palestinian civilians and causing extensive damage to their properties.
It added that the Israeli army declared that the third phase of the military operation on the Gaza Strip has started and that fifty-four warplanes fired 110 missiles attacked thirty-five targets within 20 minutes, including fifteen kilometer-tunnels; according to IOF’s claims, while the facts on the ground indicate that the airstrikes targeted more houses, facilities, and streets.
The power outage crisis in the Gaza Strip aggravated as the electricity supply dropped to three to four hours a day that is inadequate for the vital facilities to provide services to the people of the Gaza Strip.
The Electricity Company stated that the components of the electricity distribution network sustained massive destruction as five main electric power transmission lines, which supply sixty megawatts, broke down since the beginning of the offensive while the rest lines break down from time to time and become out of service due to the airstrikes and destruction of many places.
The power plant warned that it would be forced to shut down this evening due to insufficient fuel supply. The Power Generating Company announced that “J4” electric power transmission line, which supplies Gaza City and passes through Street 8 and Street 10, sustained severe damage due to the intense airstrikes on the area. As a result, the electricity went off on vacant areas in the city.
The forced displacement of tens of thousands of residents from their houses in eastern Gaza Strip continued due to the violent artillery shelling as shelters were opened to receive them without so far providing adequate circumstances. Also, almost all aspects of daily life have been disrupted due to the non-stop airstrikes.
Further to PCHR’s press release published yesterday, Israeli warplanes carried out hundreds of airstrikes while the Israeli gunboats and artillery shelled various and indiscriminate targets across the Gaza Strip.
As a result, 23 Palestinians, including three women and seven children, while fifty-three others, including eight women and eighteen children, were injured.
Additionally, the airstrikes targeted twenty-one houses, several facilities, governmental headquarters, and infrastructure on a wide scale. Thus, the number of targeted houses has risen to 115, including multi-story buildings and several towers.
Moreover, the death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive has risen to 204, including fifty-nine children and thirty-four women, and the number of those wounded has risen to 836, including 251 children and 184 women.
According to the daily update by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the total number of injuries has risen to 1300, including fifty serious injuries.
These large numbers of injuries have increased the burden on medical crews and the already exhausted healthcare system due to the Israeli-imposed closure and the outbreak of coronavirus in addition to the negative impact of power outage on the operation of laboratories, blood banks and surgeries, especially considering the growing number of injuries.
Also, during these days, Gaza hospitals rely on generators due to long hours of power outage, rendering hospitals in urgent need of constant supply of fuel.
During the 11-day Israeli assault on Gaza between May 10th and 21st, 2021, 247 Palestinians were killed, including 66 children and 39 women; 1417 wounded, including 277 women and 412 children. 9 Israelis, including 2 children, were killed during the same time period. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, which documented these attacks, has called upon the international Criminal Court to open an investigation into the occupation’s crimes during this military aggression, and reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfil their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention. These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights).