Two resistance fighters have died in accidents in the besieged Gaza Strip during this week while engaged in resistance activities.
Mo’in Suleiman Salama al-Attar, aged 41 or 42, died as a result of what was described as ‘an accidental explosion’ during ‘preparation’ on Sunday September 8th at Deir al-Balah, in the central part of Gaza.
Mo’in al-Attar was taken to the al-Aqsa hospital in a serious condition on the Sunday morning and succumbed there to his injuries.
He was a member of the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad.
25-year-old Mohammed Fawzi Najjar died at an accident in a tunnel in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the small coastal enclave, at dawn on Thursday September 12th.
He was a member of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, as was his elder brother Abdullah Fawzi Najjar who was killed aged 22 on July 29th 2014 in Israeli occupation forces’ air-strike on a tunnel.
On Friday September 6th Israel’s occupation forces killed two children and wounded 93 other people, including 45 children, during the 73rd Great Return March demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Both of the killed children were shot with live ammunition, as were up to 52 of those wounded. At least 24 people were shot and wounded with rubber-coated steel bullets and 17 people were directly hit with tear-gas grenades.
One of those wounded suffered critical injuries, while among those who suffered lesser injuries are photojournalist Ahmed Mohammed al-Hindi, aged 23 or 27, and two paramedics, Asad Sami Abu Ghalwa(30) and Mona Khalifah Lubbad(21).
The killed children were 17-year-old Ali Sami Ali al-Ashqar from the Jabalia refugee camp and Khaled Abu Bar Mohammad Sufian al-Reb’i from the Shejaeyya neighbourhood east of Gaza City.
Ali was shot in northern Gaza at 17:40 while he was few meters away from the border fence. The bullet hit him in his chest and exited from the left side of his neck. He was announced dead on arrival to hospital. Photographs and video show an attempt to resuscitate him at a field medical tent – whether this was momentarily successful or him being announced dead at arrival on hospital being a mere formality is unclear, but the latter option seems more likely.
Khaled, who was shot in abdomen east of Gaza City, arrived in hospital alive at 17:35 but was announced dead according to different sources either at 17:45 or ’20 minutes’ after his arrival. Video shows him being resuscitated on the ground after having been wounded; based on the previous information we have to assume that this was a momentarily successful attempt to save his life.
The funerals of both boys took place on Saturday. Ali al-Ashqar’s funeral procession was led by his mother.
Israel destroyed the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the Negev for the 156th time since 2010 on Thursday August 29th, leaving dozens of people homeless. Israel has forbidden people from living in the village legally since 1951.
The time between each destruction of the village has become shorter this year, from about every second month to several times a month. As a result there were only tents set up, which were ripped and taken away by Israeli forces along with household goods.
Israeli occupation also arrested one woman, identified as Umm Ashraf, taking her to a police station in ethnically cleansed city of Beersheba, whose Grand Mosque has been closed to Muslim religious services since 1948 by Israel.
Israeli court has ordered the villagers to pay $453 000 for the destruction of their homes so far, and the village leader, sheikh Sayyah al-Turi has been imprisoned twice recently and forbidden to enter the village for two weeks.
Now the Israeli regime apparently plans further escalation, as the village cemetery which was established in 1914 and has so far been left in peace, is being targeted for destruction based on Israeli forces taking engineering measurements on the cemetery during Thursday’s destruction of the village.
According to Hamas-run security authorities in the besieged Gaza Strip, the two explosions which hit police checkpoints in Gaza City late on Tuesday August 27th were carried out by suicide bombers.
Three traffic police officers were killed and at least three other people, including a woman, were wounded in the explosions in Tal al-Hawa and Sheikh Ajlin neighbourhoods.
The first suicide attack was carried out by a person on a motorcycle, the second one apparently by a pedestrian. According to the authorities, their identities have been discovered but the information has not been released yet.
The funerals of the three killed police officers Alaa Al-Gharabli(32), Salama Al-Nadim(32) and Wael Khalifa(45) took place on Wednesday, Khalifa’s in al-Bureij refugee camp and those of Al-Gharabli and al-Nadim in the Old City of Gaza City with the funeral ceremony taking place in the Great Omari Mosque.
Israel bombed a site belonging to left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command at the village Qousaya in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in the early hours of Monday August 26th. Qousaya, in the Zahlé district of the Beqaa Governorate, is situated only a few kilometers from the Syrian border.
According to a PFLP-GC representative, three rockets were fired at the site causing material damage. The attack came day after two drones claimed to be Israeli crashed in Beirut in alleged ‘targeted attack’ on Hezbollah media office.
The attack seems to be part of recent attacks on Iran’s allies in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria and based on their modest scale, more part of Netanyahu’s Knesset election campaign than ‘sending messages’ to Iran’s government by attacking its allies like the PFLP-GC.
PFLP-GC, which has not been active in resistance operations against Israel for a long time, is a long-time ally of the Syrian Baath government and has been fighting on its side in the war in Syria. It recently announced that 420 of its members had been killed and 800 wounded in the war. Like some other pro-government Palestinian factions like Fatah al-Intifada and PLA, it has been accused of forced conscription among Palestinian refugees in Syria.
It’s participation has been justified on claim that the Syrian government could allow it to open a front against Israel in the Golan Heights, which is extremely unlikely. Previously it supported Syrian forces and allies in the Lebanese civil war(1975-1990). After the peace agreement it refused to give up its arms and is likely the best armed Palestinian armed group in Lebanon.
PFLP-GC split from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in 1968 and is led by its founder Ahmed Jibril(1938-), whose son and leader of the group’s armed wing Jihad Jibril(1961-2002) was killed in a car bomb attack in Beirut, which the organization blamed on Israel. Last time PFLP-GC was attacked by Israel in Lebanon was in 2015.
Israeli regime’s use of human shields to protect and deepen the occupation cost the live of a teenager on Friday August 23rd.
Rina Shnerb(17) died in an explosion of an improvised explosion device in the occupied West Bank near the city of Ramallah. Her brother Dvir(19) suffered serious injuries and her father Eitan mild injuries.
Israel’s regime uses its Jewish citizens, and not only illegal Israeli settlers, as human shields to both pretend that the occupied territories are ‘just another part of Israel’ as long as they don’t get hurt – and to use them for its propaganda in a different way if they do end up suffering.
To the Israeli regime this appears a ‘win-win’ scenario: Either it gets to pretend that there is no occupation but just Greater Israel, or it can make – and the pliant ‘Western’ media will spread – propaganda about the killing and injuring of its human shields by ‘terrorists’.
Hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens play along with this, endangering not only their own lives but the lives of their families by deliberately putting them in harms’ way in the occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
On Friday, during a month which has seen the deaths of a dozen Palestinians and one Israeli occupation soldier, Eitan Shnerb – from the ethnically cleansed city of Lod / Lydda in Palestine 1949 – for some reason took his teenage children to the occupied West Bank to ‘hike’ in an extremely delicate location near the village of Ras Karkar where Israeli occupation has been confiscating land for illegal colonization.
Could not Eitan Shnerb took his children Dvir and Rina to ‘hike’ somewhere else than the occupied territories, in an area there where tensions are especially high? On a site closed to native Palestinians and open only for illegal Israeli settlers and other Israeli citizens? What could motivate a man to endanger his own children in this manner?
We can guess the answer: The form of extremist nationalism we know as Zionism, which makes those in thrall to it love the Israeli occupation more than their own families, making them turn their loved ones into human shields for the occupation; in this case by deliberately taking them into a dangerous, occupied area to pretend that it is just ‘part of Israel’ – and then to demand ‘revenge’ when the loved ones turned into human shields end up hurting as a result.
Israeli occupation has closed roads and entire villages in the western part of the Ramallah district of occupied West Bank after an illegal Israeli settler was killed and two others were seriously injured in an explosion on Friday August 23rd.
The incident took place near the village of Ras Karkar, whose lands Israeli occupation has been in the process of confiscating for the use of illegal colonization. The exact location was the natural spring of Ein Bunin near the illegal Israeli colony of Dolev and the illegal Israeli settlers were allegedly ‘hiking’ when hit by the explosion.
Early Israeli sources claimed that a grenade or a bomb would have been thrown from a car at the illegal settlers, later changed to the claim that an improvised explosive device was detonated via remote control.
The only information currently about the person who died is that she was a female. There is no information on those who were injured.
One of the two 14-year-old boys shot by Israeli occupation police officers in occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday August 15th is alive. Both boys were widely reported dead in the immediate aftermath and we followed this in our own post. Naseem Mokabeh Abu Roumi died on the scene of the incident but Hamouda Khader al-Sheikh is in a coma in a critical condition at an Israeli hospital. His family has not been allowed to visit Hamouda, who is claimed to have suffered injuries to his heart and arteries, but a lawyer was able to see him. The boys were shot as they tried to stab Israeli occupation police officers, injuring one lightly, and were repeatedly shot again after they had fallen to the ground. (Source / 19.08.2019)
Israel’s occupation forces killed 3 young men and wounded a fourth person at Beit Lahia in the besieged Gaza Strip in the early hours of the morning of Sunday August 18th.
The dead victims have been identified as Mahmoud Adel al-Walayda(24), Mohammad Farid Abu Namous(27) and Mohammad Samir at-Taramisi(26).
Although there are contradictory claims of what took place, the most likely claim makes this incident similar to those of the last weekend, when a total of five young men were killed by Israeli occupation in two different incidents.
It appears that the young men were approaching the border with ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948 when they were attacked and killed by Israeli occupation troops, which then possibly attacked a nearby Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades observation post with artillery and helicopter – in some reports this double attack targeted the young men who were killed.
A report that the deaths occurred at the observation post is likely wrong, but the one wounded person might have been injured there. One major reason is that in the funeral two of the victims’ bodies were covered with flags of other resistance groups than Hamas and an al-Qassam Brigades’ observation post would not have a mixed staff.
The young meen seem to have had a mix of civilian and what appears to have been combat gear when their bodies were brought to the al-Andalusi hospital when paramedics were finally able to evacuate their bodies. This would imply that they would have attempted to attack the occupation forces.
In their funerals one of the victims’ body was covered with flag of Hamas, another with that of Islamic Jihad and the last one with that of al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade but this might only tell which resistance group contributed to their funeral, not direct personal affiliation.