Israeli Bombardment of Gaza Continues into Saturday, Killing at Least 34 Overnight

The Israeli bombardment of Gaza continued through Friday night into Saturday with no signs of letting up. At least 34 were killed in the bombings Saturday night, which included a missile strike that wiped out a family – a mother and her four young children in Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City. In addition, Israel targeted and destroyed a second high-rise housing international media outlets, destroying it completely including TV studios, equipment and transmission antennas.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, at least 139 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since Monday, including at least 39 children and 22 women, and over 1000 others wounded. One Israeli soldier and 6 Israeli civilians have been killed in the same time period, including two children.

The Palestinian family that was wiped out Friday night was that of Mohammed al-Hadidi (Abu Hatab). He told reporters that his wife and five children had gone to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday with his wife’s brother. His wife and three of his children, age 6 to 14, were killed, while an 11-year-old is missing. Only his 5-month-old son Omar is known to have survived.

“At 1:30 in the morning, I was surprised by severe vibration and shelling in the area, and I ran to see where the bombing was, I did not know where, and I was shocked when I saw the whole house of the children’s maternal uncle destroyed.”

He continued, tears streaming down his face, “This is a major crime against humanity. Children are supposed safe in their homes. A civilian family is killed. What is their fault for being bombed?”

The Al-Hadidi family that was killed last night consists of his wife: Maha Mohammad Abd al-Aal al-Hadidi (Abu Hatab), and his children Suhaib Muhammad al-Hadidi (14 years), Yahya Mohammad al-Hadidi (11 years), Abd al-Rahman Mohammad al-Hadidi (8 years) and Osama Mohammad al-Hadidi (6 years), and the only survivor Omar Muhammad al-Hadidi, injured, aged five months.

Mohammad al-Yaqoubi, an eyewitness, described the bombing of his neighbor’s house, “We were sleeping and suddenly we heard the sound of intense bombardment. I live on the fifth floor and only a meter away from their house. When I managed to reach the ground, I was shocked by the destruction of our neighbor’s house. Children, oh God, where are mercy and humanity, a whole house destroyed in a brutal manner over people! ”

Several other families were also torn to pieces in their homes Friday night. In al-Boreij refugee camp, four family members of the al-Omar family were killed, including a 13-year old girl. In Beit Lahia, four members of the Amen family were massacred by a missile. In the al-Jneina neighborhood in Rafah, four members of the al-Rantisi family were killed, including a two-year old baby.

Updated from: “Israeli Soldiers Kill Dozens Of Palestinians, Including Many Children, In Gaza”

May 15, 2021 at 02:04

The Israeli army continued its bombardment and shelling of several parts of the Gaza Strip, Friday, killing dozens of Palestinians, including many children, and injuring hundreds, in addition to damaging and destroying dozens of homes and buildings across the besieged coastal region.

At the time of this report, medics, rescue teams, and the residents are still retrieving corpses of slain Palestinians buried under the rubble of homes and buildings in northern Gaza, and trying to locate more, including the injured

Update: May 15, 2021, at 02.04

Lina Mohammad Mahmoud al-Omar, 13, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Manar Khader Ahmad Issa al-Omar, 39, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Faiza Ahmad Mohmmad al-Omar, 45, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Mustafa Hasan Ahmad al-Abed al-Omar, 35, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck his home in Tal al-Hawa, in Gaza city.

The soldiers also fired missiles into many homes in Gaza city, leading to at least one death so far.

The army fired missiles into homes in Rafah and Khan Younis, in addition to the Shati’ refugee camp in Gaza and other areas of Gaza city, causing dozens of casualties, including fatalities, among them children.

Update: May 15, 2021, at 01:26

Lamia’ Hasan Mohammad Attar, 27, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Mohammad Ibrahim Mohammad Amen, 51, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck his home in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Wala’ Mohammad Ibrahim Amen, 24, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Warda Mohammad Ibrahim Amen, 22, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Hadeel Mohammad Ibrahim Amen, 18, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Update: May 15, 2021 at 01:20

Siham Yousef Mohammad Rantisi, 66, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Jneina neighborhood in Rafah.

Shaima’ Diab Mohammad Rantisi, 21, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Jneina neighborhood in Rafah.

Ibrahim Mohammad Ibrahim Rantisi, 2, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck his family’s home in the al-Jneina neighborhood in Rafah.

Raed Ibrahim Khamis Rantisi, 29, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the al-Jneina neighborhood in Rafah.

Kholoud Fuad Farhan Zamily, 27, was killed by Israeli missiles that struck her home in the at-Tannour neighborhood in Rafah.

Media sources in Gaza said the Israeli Airforce fired missiles into Khan Younis, and Jabalia, in the southern and northern parts of the Gaza Strip, killing four Palestinians and injuring dozens.

Among the killed is a child, identified as Bothaina Mahmoud Obeid, 7, who was killed when shrapnel of an Israeli missile struck her in the head when the army fired missiles near her family’s home.

They added that two young men, in their twenties, were killed by a missile fired by an Israeli military drone east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza. The attack also caused many injuries.

Another young man, in his twenties, was killed, and one was seriously injured, when an Israeli drone fired a missile into an area east of Abasan town, east of Khan Younis.

Furthermore, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an apartment in the center of Gaza city, killing one Palestinian, and injuring many others.

A child, identified as Mahmoud Hamed Hasan Talba, 13, in addition to Abdul-Rahman Estbeita, 34, were killed when the army bombarded homes in the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza city.

The Israeli missiles also killed a child, identified as Ahmad Rami Mahmoud al-Hawajri, 15, and a young man, Moayyad Taiseer Abdul-Rahman al-Omar, 20, in the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian Health Ministry has called on the Palestinians to donate blood for the wounded, and added that the hospitals are running out of medical supplies, especially amidst the escalating Israeli offensive on the coastal region.

In addition, two Palestinian women, identified as Sabreen Nasser Mohammad Abu Dayya, 27, and Ni’ma Saleh Ayyash, 47, and a man, Hashem Mohammad Zogheibi, 20, were killed when the army fired missiles at homes in Um an-Nasser village, in northern Gaza.

The army also fired dozens of missiles into Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, destroying an entire neighborhood, killing many Palestinians, and injuring dozens.

Among the slain are a woman, identified as Nisreen Nasser Abu Qleiq, 25, and a young man, Soheib Abdul-Rahim Awad Ghanem, 25.

An infant, identified as Hoor Zamily, 18 months, was also killed by Israeli missiles targeting homes in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.

At least six Palestinians, including a pregnant woman, and children, were killed by Israeli missiles in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Initial reports from the Palestinian Health Ministry stated that the Israeli army has killed more than 135 Palestinians, including at least 32 children and 20 women, in addition to injuring more than 1000, dozens seriously in five days of the ongoing offensive on Gaza. The figures do not include those who are still buried under the rubble of bombarded homes and buildings.

The Israeli strikes on Gaza were carried out by the air force, tanks, artillery, and the navy, targeting hundreds of homes, facilities, residential buildings, infrastructure in addition to a variety of private and governmental institutions.

It is worth mentioning that the United Nations has reported that at least 10.000 Palestinians have left their homes to seek shelters in mosques and schools in the Gaza Strip, amidst extremely limited supplies of food, water, and sanitary products.

Ten Palestinians were also killed by Israeli fire, and dozens have been injured, in the West Bank, Friday.

First Published on: May 15, 2021, at 01:05

(Source / 15.05.2021)

Updated: Eight Family Members, Including Child And Mother, Killed By Israeli Missiles In Gaza

The Israeli army fired, on Saturday at dawn, several missiles at a Palestinian home in the Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza city, killing eight family members, including a mother and a child, and injuring more than twenty.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) said the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles at a three-story home, owned by the Abu Hatab family, killing eight members of the family and wounding twenty others. One child was rescued from under the rubble.

The Palestinians are still searching under the rubble trying to find more victims of the Israeli bombardment.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also fired missiles at a home in Sahaba Street, in the center of Gaza city.

While Israel claims it usually fires “smaller warning missiles at the targeted homes,” it largely does not do so, which is the case with the Abu Hatab family who was sleeping when the missiles struck their home.

The so-called “warning smaller missiles” also cause damage and are followed by the bigger missiles within just minutes, which does not give the families enough time to wake up, gather everybody, and run out to a safe distance.

The targeting of homes and civilian structures are acts of war crimes, violating International Law and all related resolutions and treaties.

Also at dawn, the army fired five missiles at a mosque in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, completely leveling it, and causing damage to many surrounding homes and buildings.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported that the army also fired missiles at two homes in the same area, killing three Palestinians according to initial reports.

(Source / 15.05.2021)

PCHR: Israeli Bombing of Homes and Infrastructure Violates Geneva Convention

Gaza Friday May 14, 2021 - Image by Aya Isleen

As Israeli forces continued for the fifth straight day their offensive on the Gaza Strip and continued the policy of collective punishment and retaliatory bombing, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights issued a statement condemning the targeting of civilians in their homes.

Here is the statement from PCHR:

Israeli forces have targeted numerous residential towers and buildings; some of them were destroyed with the residents inside.  The Israeli airforce destroyed the infrastructure in city centers and densely populated neighborhoods. They also targeted agricultural lands, governmental facilities and military sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, turning the Gaza Strip into an unsafe zone. Despite Eid al-Fitr holiday, whose rituals were not performed due to the terror and fear prevailing among over 2 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued its violent airstrikes. Dozens of different types of Israeli warplanes participated in the airstrikes, which attacked more than 650 targets since the beginning of the Israeli offensive 4 days ago, according to Israeli forces’s statement issued this morning. Israeli warplanes carried out hundreds of airstrikes while the Israeli gunboats and artillery bombarded various targets in the Gaza Strip.

On Thursday alone, 33 Palestinians, including 3 children and 3 women, were killed. Among those killed were: a man and his wife, a woman and her daughter and an elderly man. Also, 107 Palestinians, including 21 women and 44 children, were wounded. Additionally, 32 houses, some of them were multi-story buildings, a tower; 4 civilian facilities, including three branches of the Islamic National Bank; and other facilities and military sites were targeted.

Thus, the death toll from Monday May 10th to Thursday May 13th has risen to 83, including 17 children and 7 women, and the number of those wounded has risen to 318, including 95 children and 61 women.

The following are the most significant developments:

Northern Gaza:

Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes using dozens of missiles against various targets in the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli gunboats and artillery also participated in the bombing. As a result, 3 Palestinians were killed, including a man and his wife and the body of the other man was retrieved 2 days after targeting him. Also, 39 Palestinians, including 13 children and 8 women, were wounded. Moreover, 16 houses were targeted; 10 were completely destroyed while shops, companies, a law firm, a lending institution, an education center, cars, and dozens of houses sustained partial damage. Also, public roads and infrastructure sustained severe damage.

At approximately 12:00 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at residential apartment no. (1) in building (25) in Sheikh Zayid Housing Project in eastern Beit Lahia. As a result, the apartment sustained partial damage, but no casualties were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli artillery fired 10 shells at border areas in eastern and northern Beit Hanoun and in northern and northwestern Beit Lahia, causing a dense white smoke. As a result, the residents of the areas adjacent to the border fence were forced to leave; no casualties were reported.

Around the same time, an Israeli drone fired 5 missiles at Mahmoud Nimer Abu Mahmoud Jaser’s (71) 3-storey house near al-Basheer Mosque in Tal al-Za’tar neighborhood in Jabalia. As a result, the eastern side of the house and its roof sustained damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 12:05, an Israeli artillery fired a shell at Hatem Wahdan’s house in al-Amal neighborhood in Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house’s eastern wall sustained material damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 12:42, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Ibrahim Majed ‘Adel al-Fasees’s (28) barber shop (40 sqms) located in Tal al-Za’tar neighborhood in Jabalia, causing damage to the shop. Also, 4 civilians, including 2 children, sustained moderate and minor injuries.

At approximately 14:35, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at Ahmed Fayiq Abu Sitah’s house, causing damage to the roof of the house, which is located on al-Manshiyia Street in Beit Lahia. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 19:30, the dead body of Mohammed Ahmed ‘Abed Abu ‘Ashma (35) arrived at Beit Hanoun Hospital in central Beit Hanoun, after losing track of him 2 days ago. He was found in a military site belonging to Palestinian armed groups. It should be noted that at approximately 07:30 on Monday, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the military site, and since then, no one entered the site fearing it would be targeted.

At approximately 20:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Zaher Mousa Ahmed Hamdan’s (55) 1-storey house on al-Qerman Street in Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house roof sustained material damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 23:37, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at an empty land in Bir Na’jah neighborhood, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, two were wounded, including a child, and taken to the Indonesian Hospital, where medical sources said their injuries were moderate.

At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the Ministry of Interior’s internal security headquarter in al-Sheikh Zayid area. As a result, the headquarter was completely destroyed, while the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Affairs, Shari’a Court, al-Quds Open University, a vocational center and a secondary school for boys sustained damage and windows were broken. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 00:10, an Israeli drone targeted Jameel Abu Jarad’s 3-storey house located in the center of al-Zaitoun neighborhood in Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house’s roof sustained damage, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 01:10, Israeli warplanes fired at least 20 missiles at a residential neighborhood on Beit Lahia Main Street, near Zayid intersection in Beit Lahia. As a result, 9 houses, including apartments for rent, education centers, Faten financial institution, a law firm, and commercial companies and shops were completely destroyed. These houses sheltered 15 families of 86 members, including 29 children and 28 women. Also, ‘Abed al-Raheem Mohammed ‘Abdullah al-Madhoun (62) and his wife Halima ‘Ali Mohammed al-Madhoun (65) were killed, 7 other civilians were missed, and 33 civilians, including 10 children and 8 women, were wounded due to the bombing. The injury of one of the wounded was classified serious while the other injuries were classified between moderate and minor.

Furthermore, the airstrikes completely destroyed the Main Street, water and sanitation pipelines, electricity and communication networks. Also, several houses sustained material damage; 6 houses and a residential tower located near the targeted area sustained severe damage while dozens of houses sustained partial damage.

According to PCHR’s field follow-up, ambulances and Civil Defense crews rushed to the scene and managed to rescue the wounded and retrieved persons alive from under the rubble. According to PCHR’s follow-up, the residential neighborhood was targeted suddenly and without a prior warning.

At approximately 10:30, Israeli artillery fired a shell at Kalash family’s house in northern Beit Lahia. As a result, the house caught fire, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 11:10, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Amjad Majdi al-Masri’s house, which is comprised of one floor and a roof built of tin plates, located on al-Masryeen Street, east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house was destroyed, but no casualties were reported.

At approximately 11:50, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Eyad Nasr’s house located in Nazla area in Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the house sustained partial damage, but no casualties were reported.

Gaza City:

Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes against various targets in the city. As a result, 4 Palestinians, including a child, were killed while 92 others were wounded, including 12 women and 27 children. Moreover, 14 bodies were recovered from a military side belonging to the Palestinian armed groups. The airstrikes also destroyed 3 residential multi-story buildings, a tower, a house, a car, several main roads, a stadium, facilities and shops.

At approximately 11:30 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at Khaled Ahmed Yaser al-Namrouti’s (50) house in al-Sheikh Redwan neighborhood near an UNRWA Clinic. As a result, the 3-story house (250 sqms) was completely destroyed. It should be noted that one of the neighbors received a phone call from the Israeli Intelligence Services ordering him to inform the residents of other houses to evacuate only few minutes before the airstrike.

At approximately 12:00, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a residential building belonging to Majed Hamed Bakir al-Yazji (63) in al-Manarah neighborhood on al-Nafaq street. As a result, the 3-story house (750 sqms) was completely destroyed. The ground floor is an electric appliances factory where Majed al-Yazji, his 3 sons, and 10 other workers work while 4 families, including 9 children and 4 women, lived in the house. The building’s owner said to PCHR’s fieldworker that he received a phone call from a private number ordering him to evacuate the house only 30 minutes before the airstrike.

At approximately 14:20, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a civilian grey car while traveling in al-Sha’af neighborhood in eastern Gaza City. As a result, Izz al-Dein Mohammed Abdullah Hillis (28) was killed, and his brother, Ashraf (48), was wounded.

At approximately 16:00, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at “al-Weqa’ie al-Gharbiya” residential building on al-Mokhabarat Street. As a result, the 5-storey building, which included 10 residential apartments, was completely destroyed while the nearby shops and buildings sustained severe damage. Moroever, Layalina wedding hall, comprised of 2 floors and located next to the targeted building, sustained damage.

Ibrahim Talal Skaik (44), one of the building’s residents, stated that he received a phone call from the Israeli Intelligence Service, ordering him to inform the building’s residents to evacuate.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli warplanes launched 10 missiles at al-Shorouq 14-storey tower on Omar al-Mukhtar Street in al-Rimal neighborhood, which is considered one the most vital areas in the Gaza Strip. As a result, the tower was completely destroyed, and the surrounding buildings and shops sustained severe damage, noting that al-Shorouq tower houses various media outlets and civilian institutions.

At approximately 19:25, an Israeli warplane launched a missile in front of Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed Abu Sakran’s (56) house on al-Nazaz Street in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, where a number of civilians were gathering before al-Maghreb Adhan in the last day of Ramadan. As a result, the house owner and his relative namely Mohammed Nahed Jaber Abu Sakran (24), were killed, while ‘Ali Hisham Ahmed Abu Sakran (8) was wounded and his condition was described serious by medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital.

At approximately 21:15, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at Salah al-Deen Street in front of al-‘Ijlah Meat Shop in al-Zaytun neighborhood in southern Gaza City. As a result, Yahiya Mazen Shehada Khalifa (14) was killed with shrapnel that hit different parts of his body as he was in front of his house. Moreover, Basheer Barakat’s 4-storey building sustained severe damage.

At approximately 21:30, Israeli warplanes sporadically launched 24 missiles at main streets and vital roads. They targeted al-Saraya Intersection on Omar al-Mukhtar Street, Abu Khadra Intersection and the Shari’a Court Street in the central Gaza City. As a result, the area, which include public facilities, residential buildings and governmental institutions, sustained severe damage.

At approximately 21:30, Israeli warplanes launched 10 missiles at the main road which connects Tal al-Hawa neighborhood with al-Zaytun neighborhood and targeted the street next to Alaa’ al-Dein petrol station and the Rosary Sisters School on Street “8”. Additionally, Mazen Foqaha football field sustained severe damage. It should be noted that the Israeli warplanes continued launching missiles sporadically until 03:00.

At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at a al-Waleed 7-storey building (280 sqms) belonging to Waleed Salem Hillis (64) on Khaled Ben al-Waleed Street in al-Rimal neighborhood.

The owner of the building stated that he received a phone call from a private number who introduced himself as an Israeli Intelligence officer and ordered the owner to inform all the residents to evacuate the building because it would be targeted. The building housed 17 apartments that included offices, institutions, a beauty salon, a tailor’s shop and a media production company owned by journalist Mo’men Qraiqe’ while the ground floor included 3 shops. It should be noted that the building is located adjacent to residential buildings and shops that sustained severe damage.

In the morning, 14 dead bodies were retrieved from a military site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups that was previously targeted in an Israeli airstrike. The dead bodies arrived at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and the Forensic Department there announced that the main cause of death is suffocation, suspecting that they inhaled toxic gases, so several samples were taken in order to make the necessary examinations.

Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes carried out 7 airstrikes on different targets in the central Gaza Strip; during which 12 missiles were launched. As a result, 4 Palestinians were killed and 5 others were injured while a house and bank were destroyed and nearby houses sustained partial damage in addition to the infrastructure in the targeted areas.

At approximately 18:30 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli drones launched one missile at a group of citizens in an open land near al-Ihsan Mosque in Nusseirat refugee camp. As a result, 4 Palestinians were killed and identified as Hamzah Mahmoud al-Hor (25); Mohammed ‘Abdel Men’em Shahin (27); Mohammed Mo’in al-Qar’ah (26); and Ahmed Walid al-Talla’a (29); all of them were members of the Palestinian armed groups from Nusseirat refugee camp. Moreover, 2 others were wounded moderately and taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

At approximately 11:50, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles; the first launched by a drone, at the Islamic National Bank on Salah al-Deen Street, south of al-Bureij refugee camp’s entrance. As a result, the Bank’s 2-storey building (500 sqms) was completely destroyed while the nearby shops and houses sustained partial damage in addition to the electricity network, causing power outage in the area. Moreover, 3 passers-by sustained various injuries and were taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.

At approximately 01:40 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a house belonging to Eyad Belal al-Tayeb (45) in al-Bureij refugee camp. As a result, the 2-storey house (166 sqms) was completely destroyed and around 15 nearby houses sustained severe and partial damage. Moreover, the electricity and wastewater networks were destroyed. No causalities were reported.

Khan Younis:

Israeli warplanes carried out several airstrikes on different parts of the City, targeting a house, agricultural lands, military sites, gatherings of citizens, a car, the interior security headquarter and the Islamic National Bank. As a result, 7 Palestinians, including a mother and her daughter and 2 kids, were killed while 10 others were injured, including a woman and 4 children.

At approximately 14:05 On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) distribution vehicle while passing by al-‘Awdah Bakery in Bani Suheila. The missile hit the vehicle and injured 3 citizens, including a child, with shrapnel and burns. They were all taken to Naser Hospital, where 2 of them were pronounced dead upon

arrival and were identified as Majed ‘Abed Raboh Mahmoud Abu Sa’adah (38), from Bani Suheila, and Mahmoud Ahmed Abu ‘Amer (37), from ‘Abasan in eastern Khan Younis. The child injured was identified as Muhanad Taysir Abu ‘Alian (15) and his condition was reported serious.

At approximately 14:25 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a 4-storey house belonging to Mahmoud ‘Arafah in al-Amal neighborhood. The missile hit the second floor of the house, causing destruction and killing a mother and her daughter; Miami ‘Abdullah Mousa ‘Arafah (49) and Hadil Khaled Mahmoud ‘Arafah (28); whose body was retrieved from the rubble an hour later. Moreover, 3 citizens sustained various injuries during the airstrike and were all taken to Naser Hospital to receive treatment. The persons injured were identified as Isma’il Mahmoud al-Khawaladah (48), who was injured in his head and abdomen; his daughter Nagham (16), who was injured in her back; and Mahmoud ‘Arafah.

At approximately 17:30, an Israeli helicopter launched a missile near Temraz Fuel Station in al-Fokhari area. As a result, 2 children were killed and 2 citizens were wounded; one of them is a child and in serious condition. All of them are residents of the area. Those killed were identified as ‘Ammar Taysir ‘Ayesh al-‘Amour (11) and Hamadah ‘Atiyah ‘Abed al-‘Omor (13) while the persons injured were identified as ‘Alian Munir Ibrahim al-‘Amour (13) in serious condition and ‘Omer ‘Abed Ibrahim Abu Mustafa al-‘Omor (21). All of them were taken to Gaza European Hospital while ‘Alian was referred to Nasser Hospital and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit due to his serious injury.

At approximately 23:50, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles near houses in al-Najjar neighborhood in Khuza’ah. As a result, a woman and 2 children were wounded, and a number of houses sustained damage.

At approximately 01:32 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at the Interior Ministry’s Internal Security Headquarter in western Khan Younis. Around 20 minutes later, 2 other missiles were launched, completely destroying the building. However, no casualties were reported.

At approximately 06:40, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the Islamic National Bank in Khan Younis. The bank is comprised of 4 apartments in the ground and first floors in al-Agha Building next to the Khan Younis Municipality in the city center. It should be noted that only half an hour before the airstrike, one of the sons of the building’s owner received a call from the Israeli forces asking them to evacuate it.

At approximately 08:50, Israeli tanks stationed along the border fence fired several artillery shells at the adjacent agricultural lands in eastern Khan Younis.

At approximately 09:00, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a group of citizens in Abu T’eimah neighborhood in ‘Abasan al-Kabirah. As a result, two were wounded; one of them was identified as ‘Abdel ‘Aziz ‘Abdel Hamid Abu T’eimah (27) from the area.

Rafah:

Israeli Warplanes carried out several airstrikes on different targets on Rafah City; during which 14 missiles were launched, and the artillery participated. As a result, an elderly person was killed. The airstrikes targeted a house, the Islamic National Bank, agricultural lands, security and military sites.

At approximately 16:20 on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, the dead body of Hammad ‘Ayyad Mansour al-Debari (86), from al-Shokah in eastern Rafah, arrived at Abu Yousif al-Najjar Hospital after he sustained shrapnel wounds in the head inside his house near al-Sabereen Mosque. PCHR’s staff is still investigating the circumstances of the incident, which coincided with the Israeli Iron Dome’s interception of the Palestinian rockets fired from the Gaza Strip along with Israeli artillery shelling.

At approximately 07:55 on Thursday, 13 May 2021, an Israeli drone fired 3 missiles; minutes between each, at the Islamaic National Bank in al-Doha Building on ‘Omar Ben al-Khattab Street in Rafah City. Around 10 minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the Bank, causing severe damage, while the nearby offices and organizations sustained moderate damage. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 09:50, an Israeli drone fired one missile at a house belonging to Wael Mohammed Khalil ‘Abdeen in al-Naser town. Around 10 minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house and completely destroyed it. Moreover, nearby houses sustained partial damage, and no casualties were reported. Before the airstrike, ‘Omer ‘Abdeen, a relative of the house’s owner received a call from the Israeli forces asking him to tell the residents to evacuate the houses in the area. It should be noted that the 1-storey concrete house sheltered a family of 7.

Since 09:15 and for 3 hours, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Rafah, sporadically fired several artillery shells at vacant lands, but no casualties were reported.

PCHR renews its warning that civilians are paying the heaviest price during the escalation and emphasized that Israeli forces’s ongoing strikes on residential populated areas and the use of weapons on the basis of collective retaliation constitute grave breaches of the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 that amount to war crimes.

PCHR calls upon the international community to intervene immediately to:

End instantly and unconditionally the offensive on the Gaza Strip
Stop the Israeli crimes in al-Sheikh Jarrah and al-Aqsa Mosque and respect its sanctity
Hold Israel accountable for its crimes before the International Criminal Court
Stop Israel’s clear war crimes and crimes against humanity, emphasizing that each state believing in the rule of law should impose sanctions on Israel Such as those imposed on the apartheid regime in South Africa

(Source / 15.05.2021)

Israeli Troops Invade Al-Makassed Hospital

Troops enter Makassed Hospital in 2017 (archive image)

The Israeli military invaded the Al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem on Friday, in direct violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, which forbids military forces from invading hospitals and medical centers.

The Israeli troops had invaded the town of al-Tur in East Jerusalem and attacked the Palestinian civilians of the town. Local youth responded by throwing stones at the invading army, and some youth burned a police car.

Some Palestinians were injured in the Israeli attack, and were taken to the al-Makassed Hospital. The Israeli soldiers pursued the injured Palestinians into the hospital grounds, where they reportedly fired sound bombs.

Patients at the hospital were impacted by the sound bombs. Al-Makassed is a major hospital center in East Jerusalem.

Israeli forces have, on numerous occasions in the past, invaded the hospital in pursuit of Palestinian civilians that they claim are ‘wanted’. This has included Israeli special forces dressing as women to enter the hospital, then searching patient rooms and throwing off their costumes and arresting a patient.

The invasion of the hospital grounds came soon after the al-Makassed Hospital administration announced their willingness to accept patients from the Gaza Strip, where hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties from the ongoing Israeli bombing.

In addition to killing nearly 150 Palestinians in Gaza in 4 days, the Israeli bombardment has resulted in over 600 injuries, many of them serious.

Hospitals in Gaza are ill-equipped to handle the influx of patients, as they are lacking in essential medicines and equipment due to the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza.

The al-Makassed hospital administration had confirmed its readiness to receive serious cases of those injured in the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, to reduce pressure on hospitals there, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the authorities in the Palestinian government.

The administration confirmed that it worked to prepare places to receive the wounded, and prepared various scenarios, including the possibility of sending a medical team to the Gaza Strip to treat the wounded there, in case they could not reach Jerusalem due to the actions of the Israeli authorities.

(Source / 15.05.2021)

AP Condemns Israeli Bombing of Its Media Offices in Gaza

Attack on the AP Building in Gaza (image from @KenRoth on Twitter)

Early Saturday morning, the Israeli airforce dropped a missile on a highrise building in Gaza City housing the offices of numerous international media outlets, demolishing it completely and reducing it to rubble. The head of the Associated Press worldwide stated, “The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.”

While Israeli officials claimed “the building was used by Hamas for cover”, they offered no evidence to support this claim. Israeli forces have been found in the past by international human rights investigations to have repeatedly targeted journalists, medics, schools, libraries and cultural centers while using ‘Hamas’ as a wholesale excuse, but offering no evidence.

In fact, one Human Rights Watch report found in its investigation of a similar Israeli bombardment of media outlets in 2012 that the Israeli military stated outright that it was targeting media outlets because they were not critical enough of the Hamas party in their coverage. “A Human Rights Watch visit to the building one week after the strikes and interviews with employees from four of the five offices, including al-Sawaf, uncovered no information to suggest that any of them were used for military operations. In the absence of a demonstrated military objective, the strikes over two days were unlawful attacks on civilian objects, Human Rights Watch said.”

The building destroyed on Saturday May 15th, 2021 was well-known as the home of internationally renowned media outlets including the Associated Press and Al Jazeera.

The Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt issued the following statement Saturday about the bombing of their offices:

“We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza. They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit.

“We are seeking information from the Israeli government and are engaged with the U.S. State Department to try to learn more.

“This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time.

“The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.”

Image from @hassaneslayeh on Twitter

This is the second media high-rise this week that the Israeli military has destroyed in its massive bombardment of the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday night, Israeli bombs targeted and reduced to rubble the al-Jawhara tower building in Gaza, which housed a number of international media outlets.

On Thursday, the International Federation of Journalists condemned the wholesale destruction of media offices by the Israeli military, stating “On the night of 11 May, the Israeli military bombed the Al-Jawhara tower, located in Gaza, which hosts the offices of 13 media institutions and NGOs. The PJS said the attack was deliberate and targeted. There were no injuries as journalists evacuated their offices after the Israeli army warned some of the media that the building would be bombed. However, media organisations lost their equipment. The IFJ said the Israeli government must compensate the media for their financial losses.

“The offices of the media organizations – The National Information Agency, Palestine Newspaper, Al-Arabi Channel, Al-Ittijah TV, Al-Nujaba TV, the Syrian TV, Al-Kufiya Channel, Al Mamalaka channel, APA Agency, Sabq Agency 24, Bawaba 24, the Palestinian Media Forum, the Palestinian Forum for Democratic Dialogue and Development – were completely destroyed. The offices of Al-Jazeera TV, adjacent to the targeted building, were also damaged.”

(Source / 15.05.2021)

Resistance foils Israel’s attempt to use foreign media for military purposes

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Al Jazeera cited a leader in the resistance joint room, confirming that the resistance foiled an Israeli attempt to target resistance fighters using foreign media.

Al Jazeera cited the leader, whose name remained hidden, as saying that the resistance foiled an attempt by the Israeli army yesterday to fake a ground operation.

“the Israeli attempt aimed at killing hundreds of resistance fighters”, he said.

“The attempt has been foiled and our fighters have not been targeted in this fake operation”.

The Israeli army had bombarded northern and eastern Gaza yesterday with over 200 strikes.

It had told leading foreign media that it has ground forces in Gaza before admitting that it was misleading them.

(Source / 15.05.2021)

Three missiles fired at occupied land from Syria

Damascus (QNN)- The Israeli army on Friday said that three missiles were fired from Syria at 1948-occupied territories.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army said that three missiles were fired at occupied Palestine from Syria. Israeli media reported that the Israeli warning system did not work during the attacks.

This comes while the occupation state is bombarding the Gaza strip for the fourth day in a row, killing 126 civilians, including over 30 children.

On Thursday, the Israeli army had said that three missiles were fired from Lebanon at occupied territories. No casualties were reported.

(Source / 15.05.2021)

Resistance strongly retaliates for Israeli massacre that killed ten

Gaza (QNN)- Al Qassam Brigades on Saturday strongly shells Tel Aviv as well as Israeli settlements near Tel Aviv ad in the West Bank, killing one settler and wounding others, in retaliation for the massacre of the Shate’ refugee camp in Gaza this morning, which killed ten civilians including six children.

The resistance’s shelling caused fire in an Israeli military site in western Ramallah as well as in Tel Aviv.

The occupation state said that 20 settlers were wounded in the retaliation shelling, which was in response to the Israeli targeting of civilians, especially children, in Gaza.

The Israeli army had bombarded a house in the Shate’ refugee camp, killing ten civilians including six children. A 2-month-old baby only survived the massacre.

(Source / 15.05.2021)

TikTok deletes QNN account following meeting with Israeli official

Ramallah(QNN)- TikTok has deleted the Quds News Network (QNN) account following reports about a meeting between the Israeli Minister of war and Facebook and TikTok executives. The meeting coincided with the aggression of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people in various regions throughout Palestine.

Quds News Network is an independent network, run by a group of Palestinian journalists. It has headquarters in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The deletion of its account came only one day after TikTok and Facebook had met with the Israeli Minister of war Benny Gantz.

At the beginning of this year, TikTok deleted the network’s account for the first time, over a video showing the Israeli violations against Palestinians, and criticizing normalization between ‘Israel’ and Arab countries.

This is not the first time that QNN account has been deleted, its Facebook account has shut down and reopened several times.

QNN asked TikTok to back out of deleting its account and stop fighting the Palestinian content and supporting ‘Israel’.

(Source / 15.05.2021)

French police represses pro-Palestine protesters, attacks journalists

Paris (QNN)- The police in France repressed a peaceful protest, which took to the streets of Paris to reject the Israeli attacks on Palestinians throughout Palestine.

French police used water cannons and tear gas canisters against peaceful protesters, aiming at preventing any protests supporting Palestinians.

Several journalists reported that French cops attacked them.

France’s interior minister had tweeted that he asked police to ban the pro-Palestine protest.

“Serious disturbances to the public order were noted in 2014,” he claimed, referring to protests against an Israeli offensive on Gaza that year.

“Instructions were given to prefects to be particularly vigilant and firm,” he added.

Human rights activists had called for a protest in the Barbes district of northern Paris to demonstrate against Israel’s intensifying aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip and crackdowns on native Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank, and 1948-occupied territories.

140 Palestinians, including 39 children and 22 women have been killed and 1000 civilians were wounded in Israeli strikes on Gaza so far. In the West Bank, Israeli forces killed ten Palestinians on Friday only and wounded hundreds of others. Meanwhile, armed state-supported settlers attacked native Palestinians in 1948-occupied territories and targeted them in lynching attacks.

(Source / 15.05.2021)