Yousef Rafiq al-Baz

May 17, 2021: Yousef Rafiq al-Baz, 13, was killed by an Israeli missile in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza Strip.

At approximately 12:40, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a house in Deir al-Balah, killing Yousef and wounding his brother, Ramadan.

The army also fired a missile at a nearby carwash sustained severe damage.

On that day, the nineth day of the Israeli offensive on Gaza, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) said the Israeli army launched dozens of intense airstrikes, along with artillery and gunboats shelling.

As a result, more houses and civilian facilities were targeted. Moreover, the only Covid-19 laboratory is no longer able to carry out tests due to an Israeli airstrike near the Headquarter of the Ministry of Health and al-Rimal Clinic. The violent artillery shelling also continued, forcing more residents to leave.

The PCHR added that the Israeli missiles killed ten Palestinians, including a woman and two children, and the injury of 122 others, including twenty-two women and forty children.

Also, the Israeli airstrikes targeted sixteen houses, several facilities, governmental sites and headquarters, and infrastructure on a wide scale. Thus, the number of targeted houses has risen to 134, including multi-story buildings and several towers.

The PCHR added that the death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive has risen to 213, including sixty-one children and thirty-five women, and the number of those wounded has risen to 958, including 291 children and 206 women.

According to the daily update by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the total number of injuries has risen to 1440, including four hundred children and 270 women. Among those injuries: fifty were critical and 340 ranged between serious and moderate.

Yousef was from Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza Strip. Source: PCHR