Palestinian medical sources have confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, a fourth Palestinian, in the Gaza Strip, after it killed three others earlier.
The Health Ministry stated that an Israeli army sharpshooter shot Mohammad Sharif Badwan, 27, with a live round in the chest, east of Gaza City.
Badwan is a member of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas; he was killed while unarmed and participating in the Great Return March procession, east of Gaza city, when the soldiers attacked the protesters with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, high-velocity gas bombs and concussion grenades.
Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the soldiers also injured 120 Palestinians, including 50 who were rushed to hospitals in the coastal region.
One of the wounded Palestinians in a journalist, identified as Zaki Awadallah, who was shot by the army east of Gaza city.
Also on Friday, the soldiers killed three Palestinian fighters, and injured many residents, after the army fired missiles into two sites run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in Rafah and Khan Younis, in the southern parts of the Gaza Strip.
The Al-Qassam Brigades issued a statement mourning Sha’ban Rajab Abu Khater, and Mohammad Riyad Abu Farhana, from Khan Younis, in addition to Mahmoud Khalil Qishta, from Rafah.
It said that the fighters were killed when the army fired missiles at observation posts in Rafah and Khan Younis, and vowed fierce retaliation to the serious Israel escalation.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister and former nightclub bouncer Avigdor Lieberman stated on Friday that he is directing the Israeli military to prepare for an all-out assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, which he said will be “broad” and “painful.”
(Source / 20.07.2018)