Ahmad Abu Armana

October 30th, 2017: Ahmad Khalil Abu Armana, 25, was killed in the Israeli bombardment of a border tunnel in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. He was one of seven killed in the tunnel bombardment, while 12 more were injured, including three who suffered life-threatening wounds.

Two hours after Armana was killed, his pregnant wife was taken to the same hospital as her husband’s corpse, as the news of her husband’s death caused her to go into a premature labor.

The Israeli army fired at least five missiles into the tunnel, which was still under construction in the area near Kissufim military base, across the border fence.

The tunnel was run by Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad. Five of those killed were members of the Al-Quds Brigades, while two were members of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, who entered the tunnel after the bombing to assist with the search and rescue operations.

The Israeli army said it carried out what it called “a scheduled detonation of a new tunnel, which was under construction near the border fence.” The bombing was instantly followed by heavy deployment of armored vehicles and fighter jets, in the area, especially east of Khan Younis.

A number of Palestinian armed resistance groups responded to the bombardment by issuing calls for retaliation against Israel, and criticizing Israel for what they claimed was an unnecessary escalation.

Ahmad, an Al-Quds Brigades fighter, was from the Central District of Gaza. Source: IMEMC

Ahmed Abu Amer

July 29, 2014: Ahmed Suleiman Abu Amer, 40, was killed by Israeli soldiers who fired missiles at a residential building in the al-Mahatta area, in Khan Younis city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, also killing his wife, Mona, 35, along with their children Mohammed, 11, Marah, 10, Yasser, 8, Marwa, 5, and Suleiman, 3.

The Israeli missiles also killed Ahmed’s sister, ‘Orouba, 41, her husband, Waddah, 39, and their children, Omar, 12, Abdel-Ghani, 10, Imad, 9, Issa, 7, and Ez Ad-Din, 5, in addition to Waddah’s brothers, Mohammed Hasan Abu Amer, 19, and Ahmed Hasan Amer, 35.

The residential building was about 400 square meters, owned by Karam Mohammed Al-Dali, where Abu Amer family lived in a rented apartment, along with the families of al-Najjar, Breeka, and Mu’ammar.

The Israeli bombardment leveled the building, and caused severe damage to nearby buildings, leading to the death of 35 Palestinians, and wounding 27 others. Abu Amer family was living in a kindergarten in the building after fleeing their home. Ahmed was from Khan Younis. Source: Mezan Center for Human Rights