May 12, 2021: Wael Mahmoud Fares Al-Ghoula, 47, was killed when an Israeli drone fired a missile at a civilian car near Hamouda intersection, east of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. Four were killed in the car and another one was wounded.
He was among 26 Palestinians, including 9 children and one woman, killed in a series of airstrikes by Israeli forces on May 12th throughout the Gaza Strip. This was the third day of the Israeli assault on Gaza, which followed three weeks of Israeli settler and soldier attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem.
The Israeli attacks in Jerusalem began on the first day of Ramadan on April 12th, and continued throughout the Muslim holy month, which was set to end Wednesday, May 12th. Israel’s attacks focused on Palestinian Muslims attempting to pray at the holy al-Aqsa Mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
In Gaza on May 11th, reports trickled in from hospitals and from survivors of the Israeli airstrikes. In addition to the nine children, including a 9-year old girl, who were confirmed killed in the first wave of Israeli airstrikes, local sources have also confirmed that a woman and her disabled son were among those slain.
In addition to those identified in the update below, five additional victims have been identified as having been killed by the two missiles that struck the home of Ibrahim Atallah al-Masri in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza Monday night.
- Ibrahim Yousef Atallah al-Masri, 10 years old
- Yazin Sultan Atallah al-Masri, 1-year-old
- Marwan Yousef Atallah al-Masri, 12
- Rahaf Mohammad Atallah al-Masri, 10-year-old girl
- Ahmad Mohammad Atallah al-Masri, 20
Before dawn Tuesday, the Israeli army fired missiles into an apartment in a residential tower, in the Rimal neighborhood, west of Gaza city, killing three Palestinians, and seriously wounding one, in addition to injuring at least seven other Palestinians in adjacent apartments. The Maan News Agency said the army targeted leaders of the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, in the residential tower. The slain Palestinians have been identified as:
- Sameh al-Mamlouk
- Kamal Taiseer Qreiqe’, 35
- Mohammad Abu al-Ata
Extrajudicial assassinations are considered violations of international law but are a common practice by the Israeli military.
An Israeli missile struck a piece of land, east of Jabalia in northern Gaza, leading to the death of its owner Saber Ibrahim Suleiman, 39و and his son Mohammad, 16.
The Israeli bombardment in Jabalia also led to the deaths of:
- Esmat Sha’ban az-Zein
- Mousa Khalil az-Zein, 19
- Zakariya Ziad Alloush
- Bashir Mohammad Alloush
- Raed al-‘Abed Abu Warda, 27
- Nabil an-No’mani Dardouna
- Mustafa Mohammad Obeid, 17
In Beit Hanoun, the soldiers fired two missiles at the home of Ibrahim Atallah al-Masri, killing eight Palestinians and wounding several others.
The army also fired a missile at a motorcycle near a mosque in Beit Hanoun, killing Mohammad Nosseir and Mohammad Fayyad, in addition to firing a missile into the home of Husam Ali Nosseir, behind Abu Bakr Mosque in Beit Hanoun, causing several injuries.
Ma’an said the Palestinians who were killed in the Israeli bombardment in Beit Hanoun, have been identified as Mohammad Ali Mohammad Nosseir, Mohammad Abdullah Zidan Fayyad, Ibrahim Yousef Atallah al-Masri, Marwan Yousef Atallah al-Masri, Ahmad Mohammad Atallah al-Masri, and Rahaf Mohammad Atallah al-Masri.
Wael was from the northern Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC