Palestine: Israel kills 119, incl 28 children, 625 injured in civilian areas
By Dilan Pamuk
(AA): Israel has killed as many as 28 children, 17 of whose deaths and identities have been confirmed so far, since Monday.
Altogether 119 Palestinians have been killed and 625 injured according to Ministry of Health, Wafa news agency reported Friday.
The Palestine branch of the Defense for Children International organization confirmed the killing of at least 17 minors since Monday.
On May 10, 15-year-old Mohammad Saber Ibrahim Suleiman and his father were killed instantly by an Israeli drone-fired missile while they were working on their agricultural land outside the city of Jabalia. Doctors at a hospital in Jabalia where Mohammad’s body was transferred reported that there were shrapnel wounds all over his body.
In a subsequent incident, a homemade rocket fired by a Palestinian armed group fell short and killed eight Palestinians, including two children. Sixteen-year-old Mustafa Mohammad Mahmoud Obaid was killed in the blast and five-year-old Baraa Wisam Ahmad al-Gharabli succumbed to his wounds later in the day.
A third blast in Beit Hanoun on the northeast edge of the Gaza Strip that occurred the same day killed six Palestinian children as well as two adults.
Cousins 10-year-old Rahaf Mohammad Attalla Al-Masri and two-year-old Yazan Sultan Mohammad Al-Masri and brothers six-year-old Marwan Yousef Attalla al-Masri and 11-year-old Ibrahim Yousef Attalla al-Masri along with 11-year-old Hussein Muneer Hussein Hamad and 16-year-old Ibrahim Abdullah Mohammad Hassanain were among those killed. The al-Masri family was killed while reportedly harvesting wheat in a field outside their home with their children playing nearby.
The following day, Israeli airstrikes killed at least three more children, with warplanes carrying out hundreds of attacks on densely-populated civilian areas across the Gaza Strip.
Fifteen-year-old Lina Iyad Fathi Sharir and both her parents were killed when an Israeli warplane completely destroyed a two-story residential building with two missiles fired on Gaza’s Al-Manara neighborhood.
Sharir’s two-year-old sister Mina is currently in critical condition with third-degree burns at Shifa Hospital.
Two more Palestinian children — four-year-old Zaid Mohammad Odeh Telbani and 13-year-old Hala Hussein Rafat Rifi — were killed in an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza, when an Israeli warplane targeted the Salha residential building in the Tal Al-Hawa neighborhood.
The same attack killed Telbani’s mother Rima Telbani, who was five months pregnant. His two-year-old sister Miriam is missing and is presumed dead.
Seventeen-year-old Bashar Ahmad Ibrahim Samour was killed the next morning near the Gaza perimeter fence in Abasan Al-Jadida. Israeli forces, deployed on the opposite side of the fence, shot Samour, who was working as a farmer and connecting irrigation pipes at the time.
Hamza Mahmoud Yassin Ali, 12, was struck by shrapnel from a missile fired by an Israeli drone in Gaza City’s Shuja’iyya neighborhood on Tuesday. He succumbed to his wounds on Wednesday morning at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.
Another missile fired from an Israeli attack helicopter hit Hamada Attia Abed al-Emour, 13, Ammar Tayseer Mohammad al-Emour, 10, and Elyan Moneer Ibrahim al-Emour, 12.
Hamada and Ammar died on the spot. Elyan, who was struck with shrapnel in the abdomen, has been in critical condition at Khan Younis’ Nasser hospital since May 13.
Another air strike killed Yahya Mazen Shehada Khalifa, 13. The air strike hit an auto-repair shop on Gaza’s main roadway of Salah al-Din, injuring dozens and damaging many houses.
Power went off in most areas of the besieged Gaza Strip since last night as a result of the ongoing Israeli aggression from the land, sea and air, said WAFA correspondent.
According to Wafa news agency, all power lines that come from Israel in Gaza were broken as a result of the ongoing bombardment, while the only power generating plant in the central Gaza Strip ran out of fuel following Israel’s shutdown of the only commercial border crossing with Gaza.
Israel continues to target Gaza with heavy bombardment, which has also caused heavy damage to residential buildings across the enclave.
This morning, Israeli artillery resumed its shelling of the eastern areas of Khan Yunis in the south of the Strip, Al-Maghazi and Deir Al-Balah in the middle of the Strip, while aircraft bombed a workshop next to the police station in Al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza and three agricultural areas in Tal Al-Hawa neighborhood. The occupation army announced that 160 Israeli aircraft participated in bombing 150 targets in the Gaza Strip during the night hours.
The Palestinian resistance continued to fire rockets, and the Al-Qassam Brigades announced that it launched 100 rockets at Ashkelon in response to targeting civilians and infrastructure.
The Jerusalem Brigades announced the end of several large and intense missile strikes against Netivot, Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gan Yefna, Tel Aviv and other occupied cities in response to the occupation’s crimes against civilians.
To date, seven Israelis have been killed in the recent violence — six of them in rocket attacks, in addition to a soldier killed when an anti-tank guided missile struck his jeep.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for an immediate halt to hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians.
“Out of respect for the spirit of Eid, I appeal for an immediate de-escalation and cessation of hostilities in Gaza and Israel,” said Guterres on Twitter.
The UN chief warned that the conflict will spark extremism in the Middle East.
“Too many innocent civilians have already died. This conflict can only increase radicalization and extremism in the whole region,” said Guterres.
Tensions have been running high in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem over the past month as Israeli settlers swarmed in following a court order for the eviction of Palestinian families in the area.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed the entire city in 1980 — a move that has never been recognized by the international community.
[Photo: Israeli missiles killed two children, identified as Mariam Mohammad Odah at-Tilbani, 3, and her brother Zeid, 5, in their home in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood, in Gaza city on 13 May. Photo by Imemc.org]
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