According to medical sources, five people were killed, including a woman killed in her home, and at least 19 injured in over a dozen separate Israeli airstrikes on populated areas in Gaza on Saturday evening.In southern Gaza, a 30 year old woman identified as Samhar Qidih was killed during an Israeli aerial bombardment of her home.
Also in southern Gaza on Saturday evening, three separate Israeli airstrikes took place in Rafah, two of which resulted in civilian casualties.
One of these airstrikes was a targeted assassination attempt of Atiyeh Abu Naqira, one of the leaders of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas party.
His home sustained extensive damage, but no one was present in the home when it was bombed.
Another airstrike on a home in Rafah wounded two women and 4 children. And a third airstrike in Rafah killed a Palestinian man who has yet to be identified.
In central Gaza, an Israeli air strike in Jahor al-Dik neighborhood killed two young men, identified as Ali Bin Saed, 25, and Muhammad Aydat, and injured three others. In addition, the Israeli military issued a statement that they targeted the vacant residence of Izzadin Hadad, who they claim was a senior Hamas operative, in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City. Seven Palestinian civilians were wounded in that attack.
Another man, Tamer al-Hamri, died in the hospital late Saturday night from wounds sustained in Saturday morning’s bombing of Dir al-Balah in central Gaza.
Furthermore, according to journalist Safa Joudeh, an airstrike targeting a media center in Gaza City caused Cameraman Khader Zahar to lose one of his legs.
The building known as Shwaa and Hosari tower, houses a number of media organizations, including Al Quds radio, which is now off the air.
Other journalists injured in the airstrike have been identified as: Darweesh Bulbul, Ibrahim Lubad, Mohamad Akhras, Hazem Daour and Ashraf Abu Amra.
Reports from journalist Wael Ouda indicate that Saturday night airstrikes hit the Ash-Shaty’ refugee camp and Sudanya area, and naval bombardment along the Gaza coast continued from 2 to 3 am.
The ongoing Israeli aerial attacks on the Gaza Strip have resulted in 46 Palestinians killed and more than 455 wounded, including 150 children and 80 women.
Even the killing of known Hamas leaders and fighters is a direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which requires a trial for anyone accused of involvement in violent resistance, and condemns extrajudicial assassinations.