November 12, 2019: Zaki Ghannam, 25, was one of ten Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on November 12th. More than 45 civilians were wounded in the bombings.
Zaki was killed when the Israeli airforce fired missiles targeting several resistance fighters in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the coastal region. Ibrahim Ahmad ad-Dabous, 23, was also killed in the attack. Ibrahim’s family said he just married just two months ago.
According to local sources, the bombing also led to the injury of three other Palestinians.
The Islamic Jihad said that Zaki was one of its fighters. He was from Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.
The Israeli army also fired many missiles into several parts of the Gaza Strip, including apartment buildings in Gaza city, and the al-Manara neighborhood in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.
Palestinian armed resistance groups in Gaza said they fired more than 150 shells into Israeli areas, including Tel Aviv, Asqalan, Sderot, and Haifa.
Earlier Tuesday, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian teen, identified as Mohammad Atiyya Hammouda, 18, and seriously injured two others, in Jabalia, in northern Gaza.
The escalation started after the Israeli army assassinated Baha’ Abu al-‘Ata, 42, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad, after firing missiles at a residential building in Gaza city, also killing his wife, Asma’, and wounding their siblings Salim, Mohammad, Lian, and Fatima az-Zahra’, in addition to their neighbor Hanan Hallas, were injured.
It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army also attempted to assassinate a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing two, including his son, and injuring nine others, among them the grandson of the leader.
The al-Mayadeen News Agency has reported that the Israeli Air Force struck the home of Akram al-Ajjouri in Syria with two missiles, killing his son Moath, and wounding his granddaughter. The strike also led to the death of Abdullah Yousef Hasan, and the injury of eight other civilians.
The Islamic Jihad said it fired a barrage of shells into several Israeli areas in retaliation for the Israeli offensive, and that it will not be part of any mediation or truce talks.
One of the shells hit a house in Eshkol regional council, and one hit a house in Sderot, in addition to a highway in the central part of the country.
Israeli missiles struck homes, buildings, and the headquarters of the Independent Commission for Human Rights in Palestine (IHCR), which occupies the fifth, sixth and seventh floors of a multi-story building near the Palestinian Legislative Council in the center of Gaza City.
In another spate of Israeli bombings of the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday afternoon, the victims were identified as:
Abdullah Awad Saqib al-Bilbisi, 26
Abdul Salam Ramadan Ahmad, 28
Wael Abdul Aziz Abdullah Abdul Nabi, 43
Rani Fayez Rajab Abu al-Nasr, 35
Jihad Ayman Ahmed Abu Khater, 22
These five, killed in airstrikes on Tuesday afternoon, are in addition to the five killed earlier in the day by Israeli bombs.
Local sources report that Israeli F16 bombers continued to circle the skies above Gaza, causing panic and shock for the 2 million residents of the Gaza Strip.
In response to the bombardment, U.S. presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden issued a statement on Twitter in which he did not mention the 10 Palestinians killed and 45 wounded, but condemned instead the Palestinian resistance for firing rockets into Israel which caused no casualties, saying “Israel has a right to defend itself against terrorist threats. It is intolerable that Israeli civilians live their lives under the constant fear of rocket attacks.”
Zaki was from Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza. Source: IMEMC