The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported on Thursday afternoon that
fifteen residents were killed and forty-seven were injured  in the
period between Wednesday until Friday afternoon, after Israeli decided
to escalate its offensive in the northern Gaza Strip. 

One Palestinian
identified as Ayman Jouda, 22, was killed  by a sharp shooter in Beit Lahia, after the report was
released. Jouda works with the Media Office of the Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

Dr. Muawiya Hassanen, head of the Emergency Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, reported that the army increased it ground and aerial strikes against the northern part of the Gaza Strip using different kinds of shells including internationally barred ammunition.

Dr. Hassanen added that most of the injured residents suffered permanent disabilities after losing parts of their bodies, while several other residents were badly burnt.

Several injured residents are currently in serious conditions at Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City and other hospitals in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
Dr. Hassanen appealed the World Health Organization (WHO), the Red Cross, and Human Rights organizations to interfere and stop the Israeli military offensive and violations to the international law and principles of human rights.   

The fifteen residents who were killed since Wednesday were identified as;

1. Mo'sad Abu Mo'taq, 32.
2. Ibtisam Abu Marsa, 45.
3. Sami Al Zibda, 22.
4. Anwar Khaled Al Sahbani, 17.
5. Ahmad Al Mousa, 20.
6. Mohammad Mahmoud Al Jawjawi, 20.
7. Nasser Jamal Al Nathir, 22.
8. Ala' Omar Khalil, 20.
9. Mahmoud Al Basyouni, 27.
10. Fayiq Abu Al Qomsan, 25.
11. Ahmad Abu Al Qomsan, 21.
12. Fatima Al Najjar, 57.
13. Mohammad Salem Jouda, 24.
14. Abdul-Aziz Suleiman, 9.
15. Anees Yousef Mousa, 25.