Mena Eyad Fathi Sharir

May 18th, 2021: Mena Eyad Fathi Sharir, 2, succumbed to wounds she sustained in an Israeli airstrike that destroyed her family’s house on their heads on al-Nafaq Street on 11 May 2021. It should be noted that Menna’s father, mother, and her sister were killed in that airstrike as well.

Mena’s whole family, including her parents and older sister Lina Eyad Fathi Sharir, 16, were killed by the Israeli airforce in their home, in a targeted assassination in al-Manara neighborhood on al-Nafaq Street in Gaza City.

The family’s 2-story house was destroyed over its residents when the army fired a missile into their home – Eyad, his wife Layali Taha ‘Abbas Sharir (41) and their daughter Lina (16) were killed. Lina’s body was retrieved few hours after the airstrike, and her body was torn into pieces. Eyad’s younger daughter, 2-year old Menna Eyad Fathi Sharir, survived the initial attack that killed her parents and sister, but succumbed to her wounds a week later on May 18th.

Also, the area sustained severe damage because it is densely populated. 25 Palestinians in the surrounding area were wounded due to the blast.

The family was killed when the Israeli army carried out a series of airstrikes targeting several areas in the Gaza Strip, causing excessive property damage, in addition to killing at least 8 Palestinians, and injuring more than 152.

Media sources said the strikes targeted many homes, residential buildings, structures, farmlands, and sites run by armed resistance groups, in several parts of the Gaza strip.

Two Palestinians were seriously injured late at night, Tuesday, when an Israeli drone fired a missile at Palestinians who gathered west of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

The army claimed Abu Sharir is one of the military leaders of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

Mohammad Abdul-Rauf Hallas

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said the army fired missiles into buildings adjacent to the Indonesian hospital, causing damage to the buildings and the hospital, and denounced the attack as another war crime violating International Law by targeting medical and civilian structures.

The Israeli army also fired missiles into a residential tower, containing many floors, causing it to collapse and turning it into rubble.

Media sources in Gaza said the Israeli missiles targeted Hanadi Tower in the al-Mina’ (Port) area, west of Gaza city, and added that the army first fired smaller missiles into the tower before the Palestinians rushed out just minutes before the further strike turned it into rubble.

A Palestinian identified as Mohammad Abdul-Rauf Hallas, died on Tuesday evening, from wounds he suffered when the soldiers bombarded the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

Kamal Taiseer Qreiqe’, 35

Amira Abdul-Fattah Sobeh, 63, killed by an Israeli shell targeting her apartment in the Shati’ refugee camp.

Abdul-Rahman Sobeh, 19, the son of Amira, who suffered from cerebral palsy since birth, killed in the same bombing.

An Israeli missile killed Kamal Taiseer Qreiqe’, 35, in the Rimal neighborhood in Gaza city.

Israeli sources said two Israelis were killed, and two were injured, one seriously, by Palestinian shells in Asqalan.

The Al-Jazeera News Agency reported that the Israeli army fired missiles into a school for orphans in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army fired missiles into a building in Gaza city, killing Sameh Fahim Hashem al-Mamlouk, 34.

A Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Yahia Mohammad Abu al-Ata, 30, was killed in one of the Israeli strikes in Gaza city, medical sources said.

The army also fired a missile at a Palestinian car, in Gaza, causing injuries, while the Israeli navy fired sporadic missiles at sites close to the Gaza shore.

Sameh Fahim Hashem al-Mamlouk, 34

Medical sources in Gaza also said two Palestinians were killed, and eight were injured, when the army fired missiles into an apartment in the Rimal neighborhood in Gaza.  Most of the wounded are children.

The Israeli army also fired a barrage of missiles targeting homes and residential buildings in the al-Shati’ refugee camp, in northern Gaza, causing excessive damage.

Mohammad Yahia Abu al-Ata, 30

The two Palestinians are senior leaders of the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, and were killed in targeted assassination strikes.

As of Tuesday morning, the Palestinian Ministry of Health has confirmed that Israeli airstrikes have killed 27 Palestinians, including 9 children and one woman, and wounded at least a hundred in the Gaza Strip. Israel began its assault on Gaza Monday evening, following three weeks of Israeli settler and soldier attacks on Palestinians.

It added that at least 122 Palestinians have been injured, including more than 15 who suffered serious wounds and said that among the injured are 41 children.

In addition, the Al-Jazeera news agency has reported that the Israeli army fired, on Tuesday afternoon, several missiles and shells targeting many areas in the eastern, and northeastern parts of the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Israeli sources said Palestinian fighters fired more than 40 shells within a few minutes, into Asqalan and Ashdod, and added that the shells caused damage and five injuries.

They added that more than 300 shells were fired from Gaza since Monday evening, especially when Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in retaliation to the Israeli offensive on Gaza, and the escalating violations in Jerusalem, mainly in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The Al-Qassam Brigades said it managed to fire 137 shells into Ashdod and Asqalan within five minutes and added that warned that its retaliation will be unprecedented if Israel does not end its offensive on Gaza, and does not stop its violations against the Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, especially in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

On its part, the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad said its “response to the Israeli crimes against civilians, and resistance fighters, is just beginning.”

Its statement came after Israeli assassinated several prominent members of the group in Gaza and vowed to keep Israel on constant alert.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army has decided to deploy more than five thousand reservists, across the fence with Gaza, in preparation for a possible ground offensive.

Meanwhile, Israeli sources said that a man, 52, and his daughter, 16, were killed by Palestinian shells in Lod city.

They added that one Israeli was killed and three injured, on Tuesday at night, when Palestinian fighters fired dozen of shells into central Israel.

An Israeli woman, 50, was also killed by a Palestinian shell in Rishon LeZion, south of Tel Aviv.

Three Israelis, including a child, were injured in Holon when an empty bus was hit by a shell and went up in flames.

Israeli Ynet News reported that two women were killed by shells in Ashkelon, in the southern part of the country, and added that more than 100 were injured.

The two women were the first to be killed in Israel since the escalation started; one of the women was later named Soumya Santhosh, a 30-year-old mother of a nine-year-old child. Soumya was from Kerala, India, and was working as a caregiver in Israel.

Meanwhile, the Israeli far-right government of Benjamin Netanyahu said that it was not ruling out a ground offensive into Gaza, in addition to the ongoing airstrikes.

Hamas movement aid it fired dozens of shells into Israeli in response to the Israeli offensive and warned to escalate if Israel does not stop bombing Gaza.

Abu Obeida, the spokesperson of the Al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas, said if Israel continued to target civilian homes in Gaza, “Tel Aviv will be next and will witness much more than what happened in Asqalan (Ashkelon).”

Layali was from al-Manara neighborhood, in Gaza City. Source: PCHR

Ibrahim Mohammad Rantisi

May 14th, 2021: Ibrahim Mohammad Ibrahim Rantisi, 2, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck his family’s home in the al-Jneina neighborhood in Rafah.

The Israeli army continued its bombardment and shelling of several parts of the Gaza Strip, Friday, killing dozens of Palestinians, including many children, and injuring hundreds, in addition to damaging and destroying dozens of homes and buildings across the besieged coastal region.

Among those killed are the following:

Mohammad Ibrahim Mohammad Amen, 51, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck his home in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Lina Mohammad Mahmoud al-Omar, 13, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Manar Khader Ahmad Issa al-Omar, 39, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Faiza Ahmad Mohmmad al-Omar, 45, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Mustafa Hasan Ahmad al-Abed al-Omar, 35, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck his home in Tal al-Hawa, in Gaza city.

The army fired missiles into homes in Rafah and Khan Younis, in addition to the Shati’ refugee camp in Gaza and other areas of Gaza city, causing dozens of casualties, including fatalities, among them children.

Lamia’ Hasan Mohammad Attar, 27, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Wala’ Mohammad Ibrahim Amen, 24, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Warda Mohammad Ibrahim Amen, 22, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Hadeel Mohammad Ibrahim Amen, 18, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

In Rafah:

Siham Yousef Mohammad Rantisi, 66, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Jneina neighborhood in Rafah.

Shaima’ Diab Mohammad Rantisi, 21, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Jneina neighborhood in Rafah.

Ibrahim Mohammad Ibrahim Rantisi, 2, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck his family’s home in the al-Jneina neighborhood in Rafah.

Raed Ibrahim Khamis Rantisi, 29, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Jneina neighborhood in Rafah.

Kholoud Fuad Farhan Zamily, 27, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the at-Tannour neighborhood in Rafah.

Media sources in Gaza said the Israeli Airforce fired missiles into Khan Younis, and Jabalia, in the southern and northern parts of the Gaza Strip, killing four Palestinians and injuring dozens.

Among the killed is a child, identified as Bothaina Mahmoud Obeid, 7, who was killed when shrapnel of an Israeli missile struck her in the head when the army fired missiles near her family’s home.

They added that two young men, in their twenties, were killed by a missile fired by an Israeli military drone east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza. The attack also caused many injuries.

Another young man, in his twenties, was killed, and one was seriously injured, when an Israeli drone fired a missile into an area east of Abasan town, east of Khan Younis.

Furthermore, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an apartment in the center of Gaza city, killing one Palestinian, and injuring many others.

A child, identified as Mahmoud Hamed Hasan Talba, 13, in addition to Abdul-Rahman Estbeita, 34, were killed when the army bombarded homes in the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza city.

The Israeli missiles also killed a child, identified as Ahmad Rami Mahmoud al-Hawajri, 15, and a young man, Moayyad Taiseer Abdul-Rahman al-Omar, 20, in the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian Health Ministry has called on the Palestinians to donate blood for the wounded, and added that the hospitals are running out of medical supplies, especially amidst the escalating Israeli offensive on the coastal region.

In addition, two Palestinian women, identified as Sabreen Nasser Mohammad Abu Dayya, 27, and Ni’ma Saleh Ayyash, 47, and a man, Hashem Mohammad Zogheibi, 20, were killed when the army fired missiles at homes in Um an-Nasser village, in northern Gaza.

The army also fired dozens of missiles into Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, destroying an entire neighborhood, killing many Palestinians, and injuring dozens.

Among the slain are a woman, identified as Nisreen Nasser Abu Qleiq, 25, and a young man, Soheib Abdul-Rahim Awad Ghanem, 25.

An infant, identified as Hoor Zamily, 18 months, was also killed by Israeli missiles targeting homes in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.

At least six Palestinians, including a pregnant woman, and children, were killed by Israeli missiles in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Initial reports from the Palestinian Health Ministry stated that the Israeli army has killed more than 135 Palestinians, including at least 32 children and 20 women, in addition to injuring more than 1000, dozens seriously in five days of the ongoing offensive on Gaza. The figures do not include those who are still buried under the rubble of bombarded homes and buildings.

The Israeli strikes on Gaza were carried out by the air force, tanks, artillery, and the navy, targeting hundreds of homes, facilities, residential buildings, infrastructure in addition to a variety of private and governmental institutions.

It is worth mentioning that the United Nations has reported that at least 10.000 Palestinians have left their homes to seek shelters in mosques and schools in the Gaza Strip, amidst extremely limited supplies of food, water, and sanitary products.

Ten Palestinians were also killed by Israeli fire, and dozens were injured, in the West Bank, on May 14th, 2021.

Omar Yaghi

June 18th, 2020: Omar Yaghi, 8 months, died of lack of treatment for a medical condition when he was denied a permit by Israeli authorities who run the West Bank and Gaza under martial law.

The Israeli Annexation Plan, announced last month by Israeli authorities, and put into practice this month, has apparently claimed its first victim, as a Palestinian baby scheduled for a lifesaving operation in Israel.

An eight-month-old infant from the Gaza Strip was the first to die under this new system of closure and annexation – but the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI) warn that he will not be the last.

Omar Yaghi, with a cardiac condition, died on Thursday after Israeli military officials denied his family the access to go to Israel for his scheduled May 24th surgery at Sheba Medical Center.

The stated reason for the denial of his travel was the cessation of coordination between the Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee (PCAC) – a part of the Palestinian Authority (PA) – and the Israeli military authorities which control all access to the West Bank and Gaza, and all internal roadways and travel.

Israeli authorities have long used an antiquated and nearly-impossible to navigate ‘permit’ system which requires Palestinians who need medical care to go to a military base and wait for hours or days to try to get a permit to reach the hospital. This system has cost hundreds of lives over the years, and now, with the Palestinian Authority pulling its implicit consent for this martial law, there are no permits being issued and therefore, no travel for medical care.

The problem lies not with the Palestinian Authority, however, as most media have tried to claim, but with Israel, which has an obligation under international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention to provide the means for the population under its military’s occupation since 1967 to be allowed freedom of access to medical care.

According to Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI), “In recent days, we have seen a spike in requests for help from Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank who need medical treatment that is not available locally. These patients, some in critical condition and who require life-saving treatment, have told us that the Palestinian agencies in charge of liaising with the Israeli authorities have stopped transferring exit permit applications that were submitted for medical reasons.

“Patients further reported that the Palestinian Ministry of Health refuses to refer them to Israeli hospitals or cover the cost of treatment in Israel. Consequently, Israeli hospitals have refused to admit back organ transplant patients who have returned to their homes for post-surgery rehabilitation.

“Among the people affected are two leukemia patients from Nablus aged 25 and 46, whose routine treatment at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem was halted over lack of coverage by the Palestinian Authority; a 37-year-old lung transplant patient who stopped receiving care at Beilinson Hospital as the Palestinian Ministry of Health refused to cover the 900 Shekel per-visit cost; an eight-month-old baby with a heart condition from the Gaza Strip who has been unable to travel for treatment at Sheba Hospital because the Palestinian Civilian Affairs Committee refuses to forward an exit permit application for him and a 24-year-old woman from the Gaza Strip who requires ongoing treatment for orthopedic issues and whose application for a permit was denied by the Palestinian coordination. ”

The Israeli human rights group concludes, “Given the fact that Israel controls the area, the crossings and the living conditions of the Palestinian population, and since Israel instituted the failed permit system, it shoulders the responsibility to find a quick solution to enable patients to travel freely to receive medical treatment. Most patients in the Gaza Strip travel for treatment in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and their health must not be affected. We are on the brink of medical chaos. Right now, hundreds are affected. Thousands will be affected soon.”

It is worth mentioning that the child had an appointment scheduled for May 24th, at Tal HaShomer Israeli Medical Center, but when no permit to leave Gaza was issued, the appointment was rescheduled for June 21st.

His condition then worsened, and he was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Rantisi Hospital in Gaza, and he died at dawn of June 18th.

Omar was from the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Moath Mohammad Sawarka

November 14, 2019: Moath Mohammad Salem Sawarka, 7, was killed along with his little brother, his uncle and aunt, and three of his first cousins, in an Israeli missile strike that hit their family home on Thursday at dawn.

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 Mohammad 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 Mohannad was two years younger than Mohammad, he was his “closest friend”.

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

“Mohannad 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.

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

Waseem Mohammad Sawarka

November 14, 2019: Waseem Mohammad Salem Sawarka, 13, was killed along with his little brother, his uncle and aunt, and three of his first cousins, in an Israeli missile strike that hit their family home on Thursday at dawn.

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 Mohammad 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 Mohannad was two years younger than Mohammad, he was his “closest friend”.

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

“Mohannad 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.

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

Yosra Mohammad Awwad Sawarka

November 14, 2019: Yosra Mohammad Awwad Sawarka, 39, was killed along with two of her small children, her brother-in-law, his wife, and three of their children in an Israeli missile strike that hit their family home on Thursday at dawn.

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 Mohammad 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 Mohannad was two years younger than Mohammad, he was his “closest friend”.

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

“Mohannad 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.

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

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

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