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

Falasteen Saleh Abu Arar

May 4, 2019: Falasteen Saleh Abu Arar, 37, was killed along with her 14-month old baby Saba Mahmoud Abu Arar when their home was targeted by an Israeli missile. Falasteen was six months pregnant.

The missile was fired by Israeli forces who carried out a series of bombings and air strikes targeting the Gaza Strip throughout the day. A total of four civilians were killed, and more than 30 civilians wounded.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, reported that Falasteen suffered very serious wounds to the head and other parts of her body, and died from her wounds.

Dr. al-Qedra added that the soldiers also moderately injured another daughter of the slain pregnant mother.

The Israeli military claimed in a statement that they blame Hamas for the deaths of the mother and child, claiming an errant rocket was to blame, but eyewitnesses contradicted that claim, saying that the mother and child were killed by an Israeli missile.

In another missile fired on the same morning, the Israeli soldiers killed another Palestinian, identified as Khaled Mohammad Abu Qleiq, 25. His death came as the army fired several missiles into areas in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

The soldiers also fired many missiles at homes in the neighborhoods of the Sheja’eyya, Tuffah and Zeitoun, in Gaza city, causing many injuries and serious property damage.

At least thirty Palestinians have been injured in the ongoing Israeli bombardments, that caused damage to several homes in the Gaza Strip, including two residential buildings west of Gaza city.

Among the targeted buildings was “Abdullah al-Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation” which is run by Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in Gaza City.

The Center is located in a residential building which was targeted by several Israeli missiles, Saturday.

The Israeli bombardment also caused damage to several shops and stores, in addition to media agencies, including the Turkish Anadolu News Agency.

The Israeli bombings and air strikes were still ongoing at the time of this report, over several parts of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Armed resistance factions in Gaza said they retaliated in response to the Israeli escalation by firing shells into several Israeli areas, including Ofakim, Asqalan (Ashkelon), Be’er as-Sabe’ (Beersheba) and Keryat Gat.

Earlier Saturday, the soldiers killed one Palestinian, identified as Emad Mohammad Nosseir, 22, from Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

On Friday, the soldiers killed two Palestinians during the Great Return March processions, and later killed two members of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

Besides killing the two Palestinians at the Great Return March, the soldiers also injured 82 Palestinian protesters, including 34 children, two journalists and three medics.

Falasteen was from Gaza City, in the central part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Khaled Mohammad Abu Qleiq

May 4, 2019: Khaled Mohammad Abu Qleiq, 25, was killed when the Israeli army fired several missiles into areas in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

The missile that killed Khaled was fired by Israeli forces who carried out a series of bombings and air strikes targeting the Gaza Strip throughout the day. A total of four civilians were killed, and more than 30 civilians wounded.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, reported that  in addition to Khaled, Falasteen Saleh Abu Arar, 37, was killed along with her 14-month old baby Saba Mahmoud Abu Arar when their home was targeted by an Israeli missile. Falasteen was six months pregnant.

Falasteen suffered very serious wounds to the head and other parts of her body, and died from her wounds.

Dr. al-Qedra added that the soldiers also moderately injured another daughter of the slain pregnant mother.

At least thirty Palestinians were injured in the ongoing Israeli bombardments, that caused damage to several homes in the Gaza Strip, including two residential buildings west of Gaza city. The soldiers also fired many missiles at homes in the neighborhoods of the Sheja’eyya, Tuffah and Zeitoun, in Gaza city, causing many injuries and serious property damage.

Among the targeted buildings was “Abdullah al-Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation” which is run by Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in Gaza City.

The Center is located in a residential building which was targeted by several Israeli missiles, Saturday.

The Israeli bombardment also caused damage to several shops and stores, in addition to media agencies, including the Turkish Anadolu News Agency.

The Israeli bombings and air strikes were still ongoing at the time of this report, over several parts of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Armed resistance factions in Gaza said they retaliated in response to the Israeli escalation by firing shells into several Israeli areas, including Ofakim, Asqalan (Ashkelon), Be’er as-Sabe’ (Beersheba) and Keryat Gat.

Earlier Saturday, the soldiers killed one Palestinian, identified as Emad Mohammad Nosseir, 22, from Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

On Friday, the soldiers killed two Palestinians during the Great Return March processions, and later killed two members of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

Besides killing the two Palestinians at the Great Return March, the soldiers also injured 82 Palestinian protesters, including 34 children, two journalists and three medics.

Khaled was from Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC