Saturday Morning: Israeli Airstrikes Target Mosques, Center for Disabled Youth, Killing 14

12 Jul
3:23 PM

Two young disabled girls were killed on Saturday in an Israeli air strike that targeted a center for the disabled in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.The three girls have not yet been identified, as information is still coming in about the details of that attack. Several images have been posted on social media of disabled youth in the hospital who were wounded in the blast.

Three men were killed in a bomb that targeted At-Tuffah neighborhood in Gaza City. They were identified as

1. Ibrahim Nabil Hamada.
2. Hasan Ahmad Abu Ghush.
3. Ahmad Mazen al-Bal’awy.

According to a spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, it took several hours to identify the three men because their bodies had been torn apart by the missile.

A correspondent with the WAFA News Agency reported that Israeli fighter jets did not let up on the attack throughout the night and continuing into the day. The correspondent noted that the planes targeted houses, mosques, public property, infrastructure, and even parks and sports clubs, as well as agricultural land, power lines and drinking water infrastructure. He said that the ongoing explosions are causing panic and terror among the population, particularly the children, who make up around half the population of the crowded coastal Strip.

The attacks on Saturday morning included both bombing from the air and artillery fire from tanks and weapons stationed on the northern and eastern borders of Gaza.

Three men were killed in an airstrike that hit the yard next to a mosque in Gaza City. They were identified as:

4. Ali Nabil Basal, 32.
5. Hamada al-Halaby, 28.
6. Mohammad Abu Askar, 20.

Another mosque in Nusseirat refugee camp was damaged when a house nearby was repeatedly targeted by airstrikes, but no casualties were reported in that attack.

Also in Nusseirat, Israeli airstrikes targeted the home of Essam Da’ales, former adviser to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, and another home belonging to the Khalidi family. Another airstrike in Nusseirat took out the Farouq mosque.

A charity organization was bombed in Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza.

Repeated airstrikes hit the Abasan area of Khan Younis in the early hours of Saturday morning, in the southern Gaza Strip. At one point in the pre-dawn hours, around 20 bombs were dropped on Rafah and Deir al-Balah in the space of about ten minutes.

A separate airstrike in Gaza City Saturday morning resulted in the death of:

7. Mohammad Sweity, 20.

In the northern Gaza Strip, the home of the Abu Habal family was bombed. The airstrike and artillery shelling wounded 22.

Earlier Saturday morning, before 2 am, five Palestinians were killed in the yard of a local mosque, in Jabalia refugee camp, in northern Gaza, while many residents were injured, two seriously. The slain Palestinians have been identified as:

8. Anas Yousef Qandil, 17.
9. Yousef Mohammad Qandil, 47.
10. Mohammad Edrees Abu Sneina, 20.
11. Abdul-Rahman Saleh al-Khatib, 28.
12. Husam Thieb ar-Razayna, 38.

Israeli forces have been amassing on the border, along with heavy artillery, and Israeli authorities have indicated a potential ground invasion.

There are unconfirmed reports of an attack by Palestinian fighters from the Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, on an Israeli jeep in Nahal Oz military base, near Al-Shujeia neighborhood, east of Gaza City.

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Saed Bannoura

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