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

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

Amir Rafat Mohammad Ayyad

November 13, 2019: Amir Rafat Mohammad Ayyad, 7, was one of 22 Palestinians killed in Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday November 13th. He was killed by an Israeli missile along with his father and his 24-year old brother, while they were driving on a motorcycle near their home.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that the ongoing Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip resulted in the deaths of 22 Palestinians, raising the number of slain Palestinians to 32 in two days, while more than 100 Palestinians have been injured.

Israeli forces carried out 50 airstrikes and 21 incidents of artillery shells targeting various areas of the Gaza Strip.

The Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers killed Mohammad Abdullah Sharab, 28, and Haitham Hafeth al-Bakri, 22, after firing a missile at them in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza. Both are members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad.

Two Palestinians were killed, on Wednesday afternoon, when the Israeli army fired missiles into an area east of Gaza city.

A Palestinian father, identified as Rafat Mohammad Awwad, and two of his children, Islam and Amir, were killed, and several others were injured, by Israeli missiles in the Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza city, in an earlier attack, and a fourth was also killed after the army fired a missile at him while driving his motorcycle in the Zeitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza city.

The Health Ministry said the soldiers killed Ala’ Eshteiwi, 32, in the Zeitoun neighborhood, and Khaled Awad Farraj, 38, was killed in the al-Mighraqa area, south of Gaza city, while many Palestinians were injured when the soldiers fired shells into farmlands, in addition to another Palestinian who was injured by Israeli shells in a playground in the Zeitoun neighborhood.

The soldiers also fired many shells into farmlands, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip, causing damage to surrounding homes.

Damage was also reported to a few homes, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, when the Israeli air force fired a missile into a nearby land.

Furthermore, an Israeli F16 war jet fired one missile into a site in Sheikh Ejleen area, southwest of Gaza city, causing excessive damage to the site, and several surrounding homes.

The Israeli missiles and shells struck many homes, chicken farms, farmlands, markets for fruits and vegetables, parks near the Gaza sea, in addition to several sites run by armed resistance groups in Gaza, mainly those run by the al-Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad.

At least 48 Palestinians homes have been completely or partially damaged, and the army also fired missiles at seven motorcycles.

The strikes targeted various areas of the Gaza Strip but were mainly forced on Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, causing several injuries in addition to Gaza city and its surrounding areas, Khan Younis and Rafah in southern Gaza.

Several farmers were injured and were rushed to local hospitals after the army fired missiles into farmland in Beit Hanoun.

Furthermore, the Israeli army said it destroyed a site, reportedly used for manufacturing long-range rockets, and that the armed groups in Gaza have fired more than 250 shells into Israeli areas.

The spokesperson of the al-Quds Brigades, the army wing of the Islamic Jihad, which is the main target of the Israeli escalation, especially after the army started its latest military strike by assassinating a senior leader of the movement, identified as Baha’ Abu al-Ata, 42, and his wife, Asma’ Mohammad Abu al-‘Ata, 36, in addition to wounding their children, said that its respects the efforts invested by Arab countries to reach a truce, however, it is currently not willing to be part of any mediation talks.

It said that “it is sending a message to Israel, and once we are done with it, there will be a time for talking about calm.”

In another statement, the Brigades said it fired mortars at many Israeli tanks near which gathered near the perimeter fence in the eastern and northern parts of the Gaza Strip.

On its part, the spokesperson of the Israeli army said the current escalation might take several days.

The Palestinians, who were killed Wednesday, including a father and two of his children, have been identified as:

  1. Ibrahim Ayman Fathi Abul-‘Al, 17.
  2. Ismael Ayman Fathi Abul-‘Al, 16.
  3. Ahmad Ayman Fathi Abul-‘Al, 23.
  4. Khaled Mo’awwad Farraj, 38, central Gaza.
  5. Rafat Mohammad Ayyad, 54.
  6. his son Islam Rafat Mohammad Ayyad, 24.
  7. his other son Amir Rafat Mohammad Ayyad, 7.
  8. Soheil Khader Qneita, 28, Gaza.
  9. Ala’ Jabr Abed Eshteiwi, 32, Gaza.
  10. Mahmoud Dahham Hathat, 19, Gaza.
  11. Mo’men Mohammad Qaddoum, 26, Gaza.
  12. Mohammad Abdullah Sharab, 28, Khan Younis.
  13. Haitham Hafeth Bakri Wafi, 22, Khan Younis.
  14. Yousef Rizeq Khalid abu-Kamil, 35
  15. Ahmad Hassan al-Kordi, 25
  16. Mohammad Hassan abu-Mo’amar, 25

Ten Palestinians were killed on the first day of Israeli bombardment, Tuesday.

Amir was from the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Ismael Ayman Fathi Abdul-‘Al

November 13, 2019: Ismael Ayman Fathi Abdul-‘Al, 16, was one of 22 Palestinians killed in Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday November 13th. He was killed along with his two brothers.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that the ongoing Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip resulted in the deaths of 22 Palestinians, raising the number of slain Palestinians to 32 in two days, while more than 100 Palestinians have been injured.

Israeli forces carried out 50 airstrikes and 21 incidents of artillery shells targeting various areas of the Gaza Strip.

The Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers killed Mohammad Abdullah Sharab, 28, and Haitham Hafeth al-Bakri, 22, after firing a missile at them in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza. Both are members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad.

Two Palestinians were killed, on Wednesday afternoon, when the Israeli army fired missiles into an area east of Gaza city.

A Palestinian father, identified as Rafat Mohammad Awwad, and two of his children, Islam and Amir, were killed, and several others were injured, by Israeli missiles in the Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza city, in an earlier attack, and a fourth was also killed after the army fired a missile at him while driving his motorcycle in the Zeitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza city.

The Health Ministry said the soldiers killed Ala’ Eshteiwi, 32, in the Zeitoun neighborhood, and Khaled Awad Farraj, 38, was killed in the al-Mighraqa area, south of Gaza city, while many Palestinians were injured when the soldiers fired shells into farmlands, in addition to another Palestinian who was injured by Israeli shells in a playground in the Zeitoun neighborhood.

The soldiers also fired many shells into farmlands, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip, causing damage to surrounding homes.

Damage was also reported to a few homes, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, when the Israeli air force fired a missile into a nearby land.

Furthermore, an Israeli F16 war jet fired one missile into a site in Sheikh Ejleen area, southwest of Gaza city, causing excessive damage to the site, and several surrounding homes.

The Israeli missiles and shells struck many homes, chicken farms, farmlands, markets for fruits and vegetables, parks near the Gaza sea, in addition to several sites run by armed resistance groups in Gaza, mainly those run by the al-Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad.

At least 48 Palestinians homes have been completely or partially damaged, and the army also fired missiles at seven motorcycles.

The strikes targeted various areas of the Gaza Strip but were mainly forced on Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, causing several injuries in addition to Gaza city and its surrounding areas, Khan Younis and Rafah in southern Gaza.

Several farmers were injured and were rushed to local hospitals after the army fired missiles into farmland in Beit Hanoun.

Furthermore, the Israeli army said it destroyed a site, reportedly used for manufacturing long-range rockets, and that the armed groups in Gaza have fired more than 250 shells into Israeli areas.

The spokesperson of the al-Quds Brigades, the army wing of the Islamic Jihad, which is the main target of the Israeli escalation, especially after the army started its latest military strike by assassinating a senior leader of the movement, identified as Baha’ Abu al-Ata, 42, and his wife, Asma’ Mohammad Abu al-‘Ata, 36, in addition to wounding their children, said that its respects the efforts invested by Arab countries to reach a truce, however, it is currently not willing to be part of any mediation talks.

It said that “it is sending a message to Israel, and once we are done with it, there will be a time for talking about calm.”

In another statement, the Brigades said it fired mortars at many Israeli tanks near which gathered near the perimeter fence in the eastern and northern parts of the Gaza Strip.

On its part, the spokesperson of the Israeli army said the current escalation might take several days.

The Palestinians, who were killed Wednesday, including a father and two of his children, have been identified as:

  1. Ibrahim Ayman Fathi Abdul-‘Al, 17.
  2. Ismael Ayman Fathi Abdul-‘Al, 16.
  3. Ahmad Ayman Fathi Abdul-‘Al, 23.
  4. Khaled Mo’awwad Farraj, 38, central Gaza.
  5. Rafat Mohammad Ayyad, 54.
  6. his son Islam Rafat Mohammad Ayyad, 24.
  7. his other son Amir Rafat Mohammad Ayyad, 7.
  8. Soheil Khader Qneita, 28, Gaza.
  9. Ala’ Jabr Abed Eshteiwi, 32, Gaza.
  10. Mahmoud Dahham Hathat, 19, Gaza.
  11. Mo’men Mohammad Qaddoum, 26, Gaza.
  12. Mohammad Abdullah Sharab, 28, Khan Younis.
  13. Haitham Hafeth Bakri Wafi, 22, Khan Younis.
  14. Yousef Rizeq Khalid abu-Kamil, 35
  15. Ahmad Hassan al-Kordi, 25
  16. Mohammad Hassan abu-Mo’amar, 25

Ten Palestinians were killed on the first day of Israeli bombardment, Tuesday.

Ismael was from the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Ibrahim Ayman Fathi Abdul-‘Al

November 13, 2019: Ibrahim Ayman Fathi Abul-‘Al, 17, was one of 22 Palestinians killed in Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday November 13th. He was killed along with his two brothers.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that the ongoing Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip resulted in the deaths of 22 Palestinians, raising the number of slain Palestinians to 32 in two days, while more than 100 Palestinians have been injured.

Israeli forces carried out 50 airstrikes and 21 incidents of artillery shells targeting various areas of the Gaza Strip.

The Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers killed Mohammad Abdullah Sharab, 28, and Haitham Hafeth al-Bakri, 22, after firing a missile at them in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza. Both are members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad.

Two Palestinians were killed, on Wednesday afternoon, when the Israeli army fired missiles into an area east of Gaza city.

A Palestinian father, identified as Rafat Mohammad Awwad, and two of his children, Islam and Amir, were killed, and several others were injured, by Israeli missiles in the Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza city, in an earlier attack, and a fourth was also killed after the army fired a missile at him while driving his motorcycle in the Zeitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza city.

The Health Ministry said the soldiers killed Ala’ Eshteiwi, 32, in the Zeitoun neighborhood, and Khaled Awad Farraj, 38, was killed in the al-Mighraqa area, south of Gaza city, while many Palestinians were injured when the soldiers fired shells into farmlands, in addition to another Palestinian who was injured by Israeli shells in a playground in the Zeitoun neighborhood.

The soldiers also fired many shells into farmlands, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip, causing damage to surrounding homes.

Damage was also reported to a few homes, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, when the Israeli air force fired a missile into a nearby land.

Furthermore, an Israeli F16 war jet fired one missile into a site in Sheikh Ejleen area, southwest of Gaza city, causing excessive damage to the site, and several surrounding homes.

The Israeli missiles and shells struck many homes, chicken farms, farmlands, markets for fruits and vegetables, parks near the Gaza sea, in addition to several sites run by armed resistance groups in Gaza, mainly those run by the al-Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad.

At least 48 Palestinians homes have been completely or partially damaged, and the army also fired missiles at seven motorcycles.

The strikes targeted various areas of the Gaza Strip but were mainly forced on Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, causing several injuries in addition to Gaza city and its surrounding areas, Khan Younis and Rafah in southern Gaza.

Several farmers were injured and were rushed to local hospitals after the army fired missiles into farmland in Beit Hanoun.

Furthermore, the Israeli army said it destroyed a site, reportedly used for manufacturing long-range rockets, and that the armed groups in Gaza have fired more than 250 shells into Israeli areas.

The spokesperson of the al-Quds Brigades, the army wing of the Islamic Jihad, which is the main target of the Israeli escalation, especially after the army started its latest military strike by assassinating a senior leader of the movement, identified as Baha’ Abu al-Ata, 42, and his wife, Asma’ Mohammad Abu al-‘Ata, 36, in addition to wounding their children, said that its respects the efforts invested by Arab countries to reach a truce, however, it is currently not willing to be part of any mediation talks.

It said that “it is sending a message to Israel, and once we are done with it, there will be a time for talking about calm.”

In another statement, the Brigades said it fired mortars at many Israeli tanks near which gathered near the perimeter fence in the eastern and northern parts of the Gaza Strip.

On its part, the spokesperson of the Israeli army said the current escalation might take several days.

The Palestinians, who were killed Wednesday, including a father and two of his children, have been identified as:

  1. Ibrahim Ayman Fathi Abdul-‘Al, 17.
  2. Ismael Ayman Fathi Abdul-‘Al, 16.
  3. Ahmad Ayman Fathi Abdul-‘Al, 23.
  4. Khaled Mo’awwad Farraj, 38, central Gaza.
  5. Rafat Mohammad Ayyad, 54.
  6. his son Islam Rafat Mohammad Ayyad, 24.
  7. his other son Amir Rafat Mohammad Ayyad, 7.
  8. Soheil Khader Qneita, 28, Gaza.
  9. Ala’ Jabr Abed Eshteiwi, 32, Gaza.
  10. Mahmoud Dahham Hathat, 19, Gaza.
  11. Mo’men Mohammad Qaddoum, 26, Gaza.
  12. Mohammad Abdullah Sharab, 28, Khan Younis.
  13. Haitham Hafeth Bakri Wafi, 22, Khan Younis.
  14. Yousef Rizeq Khalid abu-Kamil, 35
  15. Ahmad Hassan al-Kordi, 25
  16. Mohammad Hassan abu-Mo’amar, 25

Ten Palestinians were killed on the first day of Israeli bombardment, Tuesday.

Ibrahim was from the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Khaled Abu Baker al-Rabi’ey

September 6th, 2019: Khaled Abu Baker Mohammad al-Rabi’ey, 14, was killed by Israeli soldiers on Friday when the army attacked the weekly Great Return March processions along the eastern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, two children and injured 81 civilians, including 38 children, one journalist and two paramedics, after

The soldiers fired live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters who gathered at many encampments along the border, killing Ali Sami Ashqar, 17, from Jabalia refugee camp, in northern Gaza, after shooting him with a live round to the chest.

Furthermore, the soldiers killed another child, identified as Khaled Abu Baker Mohammad al-Rabi’ey, 14, from the Shejaeyya neighborhood, in Gaza.

Among the wounded Palestinians in Gaza are 38 children and two paramedics, including a female.

In related news, the Israeli army claimed its soldiers arrested, on Friday evening, two Palestinians who reportedly crossed the perimeter fence.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Israeli forces have killed 210 Palestinian civilians since the outbreak of the Great March of Return protest on March 30, 2018. In addition, nearly 14,000 Palestinians have been injured, some severely, while exercising their right to peacefully protest the siege on Gaza.

The weekly protests call for lifting the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and for the return of the Palestinian refugees to their ancestral homes in pre-1948 Palestine.

Ali was from the eastern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Nassim Abu Roumi

August 15, 2019: Nassim Abu Roumi, 14, was shot and killed by Israeli police near the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem after an alleged stabbing of an Israeli police officer that resulted in a light injury.

Nassim was one of the two Palestinian teens, both 14 years old, who were shot and seriously injured near al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem Thursday.

Nassim died of his wounds later that night. The other child who was shot Thursday evening, Hammouda Khader Sheikh, 14, from al-Walaja, south of Jerusalem, is believed to still be in critical condition in an Israeli hospital. Some Palestinian media sources have reported that Hammouda also died of his wounds, but that was not confirmed by IMEMC reporters.

The army and the police fired many live rounds at the two teens, and several Palestinians in the area, moderately wounding two bystanders.

It is worth that Nassim is the son of Mokafih Abu Roumi, a political leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), in Jerusalem.

Israeli soldiers stormed his father’s home, and abducted him shortly after the reported stabbing incident. The Israeli army also summoned the Abu Roumi and Sheikh families for interrogation in a security center between al-Ezariyya and East Jerusalem.

A number of Palestinians were reportedly injured by live ammunition, including a guard for the Al Aqsa Mosque, when Israeli forces opened fire on people in and around the mosque following the alleged stabbing of an Israeli police officer by two unknown assailants.

The Israeli police officer who was injured is reported to be 40 years old, and was taken to the hospital with light injuries. According to the Israeli Ynetnews, he was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The paper quoted an Israeli medic, Moshe Cordova, as saying, “When we reached the scene, we saw a man who was fully conscious. He had stabbing wounds. We gave him emergency care that included stopping the bleeding and bandaging, and evacuated him to a hospital with light wounds”.

The Al Aqsa Mosque was closed by Israeli troops, who fired live ammunition at worshipers attempting to evacuate the area, according to the Palestinian Wafa News Agency.

This incident follows a recent invasion of the Al Aqsa Mosque by hundreds of right-wing Israeli settlers this past Sunday, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, who forced their way into the mosque on one of the most significant holidays in the Muslim calendar, when tens of thousands of people had gathered to pray at the mosque.

During the scuffles that ensued, 61 Palestinians and 4 Israeli police were reportedly injured, according to the Israeli paper Ha’aretz.

Nassim was from the al-‘Ezariyya town, east of occupied East Jerusalem. Source: IMEMC

Abdullah Luay Gheith

May 31, 2019: Abdullah Luay Gheith, 16, was killed by Israeli soldiers near the West Bank city of Bethlehem while trying to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Media sources said the soldiers shot and killed Abdullah, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after opening fire at him and several Palestinians, who were trying to enter Jerusalem from Wad Abu al-Hummus area, near the villages of al-Khass and an-No’man, east of Bethlehem.

The slain Palestinian child was shot with live Israeli military gunfire in his heart, and died instantly after the soldiers shot him.

They added that the soldiers also shot and seriously injured a young man, identified as Mo’men Abu Tbeish, 21, in the same incident.

The seriously wounded young man, from Hadabat al-Fawwar area, near Hebron, was rushed by Palestinian medics to Beit Jala governmental hospital.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers, stationed at Mazmouria military roadblock east of Bethlehem, opened fire at many Palestinians, who were not granted permits to enter occupied Jerusalem, and were trying to enter the city for prayers in Al-Aqsa.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a young man at Qalandia Terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem, while trying to enter Jerusalem for prayers in Al-Aqsa.

Abdullah was from the city of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC