Israeli warplanes attacked, early Saturday morning, several targets throughout the besieged Gaza Strip, causing heavy damage but no bodily harm, The Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.
The correspondent said warplanes fired more than 10 missiles at targets and agricultural land northwest of Gaza City and in Beit Lahia. Heavy destruction was reported in targeted areas and nearby property.
Israel claimed the attack came after rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel causing some destruction but no injuries.
Sporadic fighting has been reported over the past two days despite a ceasefire observed on Thursday. After three days of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza that left 34 people dead, including women and children from the same family, and over 100 wounded.
Egypt and the UN brokered a ceasefire between Palestinian faction in Gaza and Israel which came in to affect yesterday morning. Israel has, however, struck Gaza a number of times since the truce came in to affect bringing into question how long it will hold.
Israel’s army said early Friday it had launched fresh strikes against Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, despite a ceasefire in place since Thursday morning.
“The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) is currently striking Islamic Jihad terror targets in the Gaza strip,” the army said in a WhatsApp message to reporters, The New Arab (Al-Araby) reported.
Israel typically does not publicly acknowledge deals with militant groups, and on Thursday officials said the only unwritten agreement was that Israel would hold fire so long as Islamic Jihad did.
Israel’s military spokesmen listed a series of accomplishments after the two-day spasm of violence, including the killing of some 25 militants in targeted strikes.
The ceasefire had been agreed between Israel and Palestinian militants after two days of fighting in Gaza saw thirty-four Palestinians killed in exchanges of fire.
Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said the policy had “proved itself” and would continue.
“Everyone who was a top military official, who was set to carry out, and was involved in terror or rocket firing against Israel was eliminated,” he told Israeli Army Radio. “And we intend to continue with this.”
Critics of Israel’s contentious policy say it amounts to extrajudicial killings that endanger civilians.
Gaza (QNN)- Israeli warplanes struck several sites of the resistance between Rafah and Khan Younes in southern Gaza strip, yesterday after midnight.
Local sources said Israeli reconnaissance and war planes carried out a series of raids on military sites for the Palestinian resistance in southern Gaza, violating the ceasefire.
The raids targeted Hittin an Muhajer military sites. Several buildings near the areas got partially damaged and two injuries were treated in the field. No casualties reached Gaza hospitals.
The Israeli army claimed the raids came as a response to Palestinian missiles that were fired at surrounding settlements in retaliation for the Israeli massacre the night before, when Israeli warplanes committed a massacre against the Sawarkeh family, killing 8 of them, including 5 children.
Gaza (QNN)- The Ministry of Public Works and Housing said 500 residential units have been partially damaged while 30 others were completely damaged during the two-day recent Israeli escalation on Gaza.
The ministry stated that an initial estimation of losses revealed that the besieged strip lost 2 million dollars in the Israeli strikes, which hit buildings and structures that are mostly civilian.
The Ministry also affirmed its responsibility to alleviate the suffering of our people and those who lost their houses through speeding up the efforts of removal of debris and recovery of bodies.
The ministry called on International bodies to fulfill their roles, providing financial support for those who lost their houses to provide decent houses for them.
8 members of a single extended family were killed and 13 were wounded in Israel’s occupation forces missile attack at Deir al-Balah in the besieged Gaza Strip on the early hours of Thursday November 14th.
Two houses owned by brothers Mohammed and Rasmi Salem Sawarka Abu Malhous were hit by missiles launched from Israeli occupation forces’ F-16 fighters at 00:25 Palestine time. According to several reports the families would have been sleeping when the missiles hit. The missiles left behind deep craters where the houses had stood.
The victims were buried in the ruins and it took until 07:00 to recover all the victims. Lack of apparent injuries in many bodies could imply that they suffocated after having been buried alive.
One infant was found alive under the body of her elder brother who appears to have tried to shelter her. Among the wounded survivors beyond her are 10 other children, two of which have been named.
The family whose house was targeted is known in reports both under the family names of Abu Malhous and (al-)Sawarka. Both seem to be correct – the family appears to be known by two different last names.
The victims have been 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.
The Israeli occupation missile attack was the last to cause fatalities before a ceasefire came into effect on Thursday morning. The ceasefire held until late on Thursday evening, when it seemed to be breaking down with launches of rockets towards Sderot and Israeli occupation air-strikes first at Khan Younis and then at Rafah soon after midnight.
34 Palestinians, including 8 children and 3 women, were killed and 111 wounded, including 46 children and 20 women, before the ceasefire took place. The number of Islamic Jihad members killed according to our sources is 17.
Officially 63 Israelis suffered injuries, but these include almost two dozen people who were treated for shock beyond those suffering from physical injuries. There were no Israeli fatalities.
Gaza (QNN)- 8 Palestinians from the same family were killed while 12 others were wounded in a new Israeli crime in Gaza, as Israeli warplanes struck the house of Sawarkeh family in Deir Al Balah last night.
The Ministry of Health confirmed that 6 Palestinians were murdered in the Israeli escalation before medical sources announce that they recovered two bodies from the rubble, raising the number of martyrs in the Israeli massacre to 8.
In the same context, local sources stated that the Israelis struck a house of the Abu Malhous family and completely demolished it. The martyrs include two ladies and five children.
The martyrs are Muath Sawarkeh (7 years old), Muhannad Sawarkeh (12 years old), Salem Sawarkeh (under the age of 10), Firas Sawarkeh (under the age of 10), Rasmi Sawarkeh (45 years old), Waseem Sawarkeh (13 years old), Yosra Sawarkeh (39 years old), Mariam Sawarkeh (45 years old).