August 26, 2014: Bassem Hassan Hijazi, 35, was one of three men killed in a car bombing on al-Sahaba street in Gaza City, and three bystanders were seriously wounded.
Bassem was killed along with his brother, Ahmad Hassan Salem Hijazi, 22, and Ahmad Taysir Fahmi al-Daali, age 28, who was initially taken to the hospital with critical injuries, but died while in surgery. None of the three men were associated with any Palestinian resistance factions.
An additional 4 casualties, including a journalist, killed on Monday evening brought the death toll from Israeli bombings to 9 on Monday. This follows a weekend of attacks on all parts of Gaza, in which 32 people were killed since Friday, including 3 young brothers and their sister and 5 other children under the age of 10. On Monday evening, Journalist Abdullah Fadel Murtaja was killed by an Israeli airstrike in al-Shuja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza City.
Saad Bassem aj-Jour, 21, was killed in an airstrike that targeted his home east of Gaza City. A number of civilians, including women and children, were wounded, but emergency workers are still working to pull people from the rubble, so the exact number of wounded is not yet known.
At least 9 people total were killed on Monday, and Israeli airstrikes in all parts of Gaza are ongoing. Warplanes and drones continue to hover overhead at all hours of the day and night, and most people remain without electricity.
Families whose homes have been destroyed are crowded together with relatives, or are stuck in UN schools, and the school year which was scheduled to begin on Sunday, August 24th was unable to begin, as many schools are damaged and families are living in many of the other schools.
There have been 2,133 people killed by Israeli forces in Gaza since July 8th, and 10,980 wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, which has documented each casualty and every person who came to one of Gaza’s hospitals with injuries.
Bassem was from Gaza City, in the central part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC