zaterdag 12 juli 2014
Israel targeting mosques and charitable societies, death toll reaches 160
Palestinian children look at the remnants of a destroyed mosque in the Nussseirat refugee camp.(Photo AFP)
Updated, 22.40 hrs The spokesman of the ministry Health in Gaza reports that Israel killed no less than 18 people in just one airstrike at a mosque in north Gaza after evening prayers. Fifty people were wounded. These latest figures bring the death toll in Gaza since midnight Saturday at 38. The total death toll now stands at 151, (160 if counted from Sunday night). There are over 1.000 wounded.
The names of the latest victims are not yet known, but before them Khawla al-Hawajri, 24, in Nuseirat refugee camp and Ghazi Arif in eastern Gaza City were killed, according to medics. Three others were injured. Previously eight Palestinians were killed and several others were injured in an airstrike which the site Arab 48 called a slaughter in the Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City. The dead people were identified as Mustafa Amer (29), Mohammed Salem (28), Rateb Subhi al-Saifi (22), Azmi Mahmoud Obeid (51), Nidal Muhammad Abu al-Malsh (22), Suleiman Said Obeid (56), Mustafa Muhammad Inaya (58), and Ghassan Ahmad al-Masri (25) from the al-Rimal neighborhood were killed.
Eralier three men were killed by an Israeli air raid on a park in the at-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City. Their names were Ibrahim Nabil Hamadah, Hasan Ahmad Abu Ghush and Ahmad Mazin al-Balawi. It took several hours to identify them as the missiles tore them to pieces.
Yet earlier Saturday, three fighters affiliated to al-Mujahidin Brigades, Nabil Basal, Muhammad al-Halabi and Rifat Siyouti, were killed in western Gaza City. Two young disabled women were killed when an Israeli plane tageted a charitable society for handicapped people in Beit Lahiya. Several others were injured. Israeli warplanes also fired a missile at a charitable organization near Kamal Udwan Hospital in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, as well as on a charitable society in Khan Younis.
Earlier on Saturday four men were killed in Martyr Anwar Aziz Square in the center of the Jabaliya refugee camp in the north. They were identified as Yousif Qandil, Muhammad al-Khatib, Muhammad Sweilim and Husam al-Razabnah. Anas Yousif Qandil (17) was killed in an Israeli airstrike on al-Nasr Street in Gaza City.
The home of Issam Daalees, a former political adviser to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in the Nuseirat refugee camp, was destroyed, and in Rafah homes of the Ghannam and Natat families were targeted, as well as the home of senior Hamas leader Yahya al-Sinwar in the Nuseirat refugee camp. In the southern Gaza Strip the main branch of the Islamic National Bank in Khan Younis. In the Sultan neighborhood west of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip a prviate house was blown up, injuring four members of the Timraz family. In Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip a house belonging to the Zuweidi family was damaged.
In Israel: one house was destroyed in Beer Sheba. (Photo Times of Israel)
In Israel a house was destroyed in Beer Sheba. An 80-year old woman sustained moderate injuries when a Grad rocket hit her home, detonating the gas cylinders there. The house was completely destroyed and two others were damaged. Several people were also treated for shock following the rocket strike. On Friday evening, a total of six rockets slammed into southern Israel, with three exploding in areas outside Be'er Sheva and Bnei Shimon Regional Council, and another three falling in open territories outside Sdot Negev.
According to the Israeli army 36 rockets have been fired from Gaza toward Israel on Saturday. Two were intercepted. Nineteen exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council. Two fell near Dimona, others near Yeruham, Bnei Shimon and Eshkol Regional Councils and areas near Netivot and Be'er Sheva. In Sdot Negev Regional Council greenhouses were hit. Eralier the alarm sounded in Rehovot, Kiryat Gat, Yavne, and Gedera regions, as well as Gaza-bordering regional councils. Loud explosions were heard in Nes Ziona.