Ziad Alhamamda

May 5, 2019: Ziad Alhamamda, was killed by a Palestinian shell while working at a factory in Ashkelon.

As Israeli forces continue their massive escalation in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian resistance groups responded by launching hundreds of small-scale rockets across the border between Gaza and Israel, killing four Israelis and wounding at least eight.

Ziad was one of the four killed on the Israeli side. He was a Palestinian Bedouin from the unrecognized Negev village of as-Sawaween.

Moshe Feder, 68, was killed in Kfar Saba by an anti-tank mortar fired from Gaza across the border.

Also Sunday, Pinchas Menachem Prezuazman, 21, was killed by a rocket fired by Palestinian resistance fighters toward the Israeli city of Ashdod, on the coast of Israel, on Sunday evening.

According to Ynet, “Prezuazman was walking in the street when he heard the air-raid siren and ran to seek cover in a nearby building but was hit by shrapnel when he entered the stairwell.”

In Ashkelon, a city located about 14 kilometers north of Gaza, Moshe Agadi, 58, was killed in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Israeli forces have reportedly killed 26 Palestinians during the past three days – four on Friday, four on Saturday, and 18 on Sunday.

According to the Israeli military, an estimated 600 rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel on Saturday and Sunday, most of which were intercepted by the ‘Iron Dome’ defense system .

A military spokesperson told Ynet, “Two hundred rockets were fired at residential areas, with an interception rate above 86 percent”.

The Palestinian shells are crude and mostly homemade, with no ability to make precise aiming. The damage done by these rockets is far less than the missiles dropped by Israel into the Gaza Strip — although they can be deadly if there is a direct hit.