Mohammad Saleem Abu al-Ata

May 11, 2021: Mohammad Saleem Abu al-Ata, 29, was among 26 Palestinians, including 9 children and one woman, killed in a series of airstrikes by Israeli forces on May 11th throughout the Gaza Strip. This was the second day of the Israeli assault on Gaza, which followed three weeks of Israeli settler and soldier attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Before dawn Tuesday, the Israeli army fired missiles into an apartment in a residential tower, in the Rimal neighborhood, west of Gaza city, killing three Palestinians, and seriously wounding one, in addition to injuring at least seven other Palestinians in adjacent apartments. The Maan News Agency said the army targeted leaders of the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, in the residential tower. The slain Palestinians have been identified as:

  • Sameh al-Mamlouk
  • Kamal Taiseer Qreiqe’, 35
  • Mohammad Abu al-Ata

Extrajudicial assassinations are considered violations of international law but are a common practice by the Israeli military.

Yazan al-Masri, 1

In Gaza on May 11th, reports trickled in from hospitals and from survivors of the Israeli airstrikes. In addition to the nine children, including a 9-year old girl, who were confirmed killed in the first wave of Israeli airstrikes, local sources have also confirmed that a woman and her disabled son were among those slain.

In addition to those identified in the update below, five additional victims have been identified as having been killed by the two missiles that struck the home of Ibrahim Atallah al-Masri in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza Monday night.

  • Ibrahim Yousef Atallah al-Masri, 10 years old
  • Yazin Sultan Atallah al-Masri, 1-year-old
  • Marwan Yousef Atallah al-Masri, 12
  • Rahaf Mohammad Atallah al-Masri, 10-year-old girl
  • Ahmad Mohammad Atallah al-Masri, 20

Mother of Rahaf al-Masri weeping over her child’s death

 

Children covered in dust after surviving Israeli missile strik

An Israeli missile struck a piece of land, east of Jabalia in northern Gaza, leading to the death of its owner Saber Ibrahim Suleiman, 39و and his son Mohammad, 16.

The Israeli bombardment in Jabalia also led to the deaths of:

  • Esmat Sha’ban az-Zein
  • Mousa Khalil az-Zein, 19
  • Zakariya Ziad Alloush
  • Bashir Mohammad Alloush
  • Raed al-‘Abed Abu Warda, 27
  • Nabil an-No’mani Dardouna
  • Mustafa Mohammad Obeid, 17

In Beit Hanoun, the soldiers fired two missiles at the home of Ibrahim Atallah al-Masri, killing eight Palestinians and wounding several others.

The army also fired a missile at a motorcycle near a mosque in Beit Hanoun, killing Mohammad Nosseir and Mohammad Fayyad, in addition to firing a missile into the home of Husam Ali Nosseir, behind Abu Bakr Mosque in Beit Hanoun, causing several injuries.

Ma’an said the Palestinians who were killed in the Israeli bombardment in Beit Hanoun, have been identified as Mohammad Ali Mohammad Nosseir, Mohammad Abdullah Zidan Fayyad, Ibrahim Yousef Atallah al-Masri, Marwan Yousef Atallah al-Masri, Ahmad Mohammad Atallah al-Masri, and Rahaf Mohammad Atallah al-Masri.

Mohammad was from the Rimal neighborhood, west of Gaza city, in the southern Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Asma’ Abu al-‘Ata

November 12, 2019: Asma’ Abu al-‘Ata, 42, was killed in an extra-judicial assassination by the Israeli airforce, which killed her along with her husband in an airstrike targeting her husband at their home in the Sheja’eyya area, east of Gaza city, also wounding many members of their family, in addition to a female neighbor. Baha’ was a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement.

The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad in Palestine, said the army assassinated Baha’ and his wife Asma’ Abu al-Ata, in addition to wounding their siblings, Salim, Mohammad, Lian, and Fatima az-Zahra’, in addition to their neighbor Hanan Hallas.

All wounded Palestinians were rushed to the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza.

In an official statement, the al-Quds Brigades confirmed the death of Abu al-‘Ata and his wife, and said he was one of its prominent leaders and personally supervised various attacks against the Israeli army, and added that he was also subject to numerous assassination attempts by Israel.

The Brigades also stated that Israel is declaring war, and that Tel Aviv will witness the retaliation and the repercussions of this assassination.

“Our response will be huge; the enemy is responsible for the outcome of its crimes, and will pay for them,” the brigades added.

The brigades started firing shells into Israel almost an hour after the army assassinated its leader and his wife.

In addition, the Hamas movement and its military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, also issued statements vowing “fierce and painful retaliation.”

Israeli sources have reported that alarm sirens were sounded in many areas south of the country, including in Ashdod, Ashkelon Beit Elazari, Karmia, and Zikim, Rishon Le Zion, and even in Holon and Rishon Le Zion suburbs in Tel Aviv.

Israel daily Haaretz has reported that all schools were canceled, and bomb shelters were opened in Tel Aviv and many surrounding areas, and in Jerusalem.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army, and the Shin Bet, issued a joint statement claiming responsibility for assassinating the senior Islamic Jihad leader, and added that the strike was approved by Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu’s office said the offensive was recommended by the Israeli Army Chief of Staff and the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security service) and was approved by Netanyahu.

The strike came just hours before Netanyahu is scheduled to hand the defense portfolio to Naftali Bennet from the Hayamin Hehadash (The New Right) party.

In related news, the Israeli army closed all border terminals in the besieged Gaza Strip and decreased the fishing zone to six nautical miles.

All schools in Gaza were closed amidst mounting tension of a possible massive Israeli offensive against the coastal region.

It is worth mentioning that on the same day, the Israeli Air Force also carried out an attempted assassination attack targeted a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader in the Syrian capital, Damascus, but instead killed his son.

Syrian sources said the assassination attempt targeted Akram al-Ajjouri, but led to the death of his son Moath, in addition to another person, and injured ten others, including his daughter Batoul.

Following the assassination, Israeli forces carried out numerous airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, killing a total of 10 (including Baha’ and his wife), and wounding 45.

Asma’ was from Sheja’eyya area, east of Gaza city. Source: IMEMC

Baha’ Abu al-‘Ata

November 12, 2019: Baha’ Abu al-‘Ata, 42, was killed in an extra-judicial assassination by the Israeli airforce, which killed him along with his wife in an airstrike targeting his home in the Sheja’eyya area, east of Gaza city, also wounding many members of their family, in addition to a female neighbor. Baha’ was a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement.

The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad in Palestine, said the army assassinated Baha’ and his wife Asma’ Abu al-Ata, in addition to wounding their siblings, Salim, Mohammad, Lian, and Fatima az-Zahra’, in addition to their neighbor Hanan Hallas.

All wounded Palestinians were rushed to the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza.

In an official statement, the al-Quds Brigades confirmed the death of Abu al-‘Ata, and said he was one of its prominent leaders and personally supervised various attacks against the Israeli army, and added that he was also subject to numerous assassination attempts by Israel.

The Brigades also stated that Israel is declaring war, and that Tel Aviv will witness the retaliation and the repercussions of this assassination.

“Our response will be huge; the enemy is responsible for the outcome of its crimes, and will pay for them,” the brigades added.

The brigades started firing shells into Israel almost an hour after the army assassinated its leader and his wife.

In addition, the Hamas movement and its military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, also issued statements vowing “fierce and painful retaliation.”

Israeli sources have reported that alarm sirens were sounded in many areas south of the country, including in Ashdod, Ashkelon Beit Elazari, Karmia, and Zikim, Rishon Le Zion, and even in Holon and Rishon Le Zion suburbs in Tel Aviv.

Israel daily Haaretz has reported that all schools were canceled, and bomb shelters were opened in Tel Aviv and many surrounding areas, and in Jerusalem.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army, and the Shin Bet, issued a joint statement claiming responsibility for assassinating the senior Islamic Jihad leader, and added that the strike was approved by Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu’s office said the offensive was recommended by the Israeli Army Chief of Staff and the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security service) and was approved by Netanyahu.

The strike came just hours before Netanyahu is scheduled to hand the defense portfolio to Naftali Bennet from the Hayamin Hehadash (The New Right) party.

In related news, the Israeli army closed all border terminals in the besieged Gaza Strip and decreased the fishing zone to six nautical miles.

All schools in Gaza were closed amidst mounting tension of a possible massive Israeli offensive against the coastal region.

It is worth mentioning that on the same day, the Israeli Air Force also carried out an attempted assassination attack targeted a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader in the Syrian capital, Damascus, but instead killed his son.

Syrian sources said the assassination attempt targeted Akram al-Ajjouri, but led to the death of his son Moath, in addition to another person, and injured ten others, including his daughter Batoul.

Following the assassination, Israeli forces carried out numerous airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, killing a total of 10 (including Baha’ and his wife), and wounding 45.

Baha’ was from Sheja’eyya area, east of Gaza city. Source: IMEMC