The Israeli Air Force bombarded on Saturday evening the al-Zeitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza City, killing one member of the Salah Ed Deen Brigades. Eighteen Palestinians were killed and nearly 70 were injured by Israeli fire and shells since Thursday.
Medical sources reported on Saturday evening that Raed Zuheir al-Bir, 30 years old, of the Salah Ed Deen Brigades of the Popular Resistance Committees, died of wounds sustained after the army bombarded an area in al-Zeitoun neighborhood; several residents were injured.
Three residents were wounded when the army fired at least one missile at an area near the car market in al-Zeitoun. One of the wounded residents died later on, medical sources reported.
Also on Saturday, the army bombarded an area west of Jaballiya, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip; two residents were wounded, one seriously.
On Saturday morning, the army killed one fighter and seriously wounded another in a renewed wave of air strikes targeting northern Gaza. The slain fighter was identified as Ahmad al-Zeitouna.
Furthermore, Israeli sources reported that resistance groups in Gaza fired dozens of shells into the Western Negev.
An Israeli army spokesperson reported on Saturday evening that the Air Force targeted a group of fighters who fired shells at the Eshkol Regional Council in the Negev, and wounded some of them.
The al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas stated in a press conference on Saturday evening that “talks about calm or a truce “with the enemy while it continues its crimes against the Palestinian people, are unacceptable”.
Abu Obeida, spokesperson of the Brigades in Gaza, said that the resistance has the right and the moral responsibility to retaliate and defend the Palestinian people.
Medical sources in Gaza provided this list of Palestinians killed by the army since Thursday (until Saturday evening)
1. Mahmoud Al Manasra, 50, al-Shijaeyya.
2. Mohammad Al Mahmoum, 25, Rafah.
3. Mosab Al Sufi, 18, Rafah.
4. Saleh Al Tarabeen, 38, Rafah.
5. Khaled Ad-Dabary, 23, Rafah.
6. Mo’taz Abu Jame’, Khan Younis.
7. Abdullah Al Qarra, Khan Younis.
8. Nidal Qdeih, 21, Khan Younis.
9. Najah Qdeih, 48, Khan Younis.
10. Talal Abu Taha, 55, Khan Younis.
11. Raed Shihada, 27, northern Gaza.
12. Bilal Al ‘Ar’ir, 23, al-Shijaeyya.
13. Mahmoud Al Jaro, 10, Al Shijaeyya.
14. Ahmad Ghorab, northern Gaza.
15. Mohammad Awaja, Rafah.
16. Taiseer Abu Sneima, Rafah.
17. Ahmad Al Zeitouniyya, northern Gaza.
18. Zuheir Al Bir, Al Zeitoun neighborhood – Gaza.
18 Palestinians killed by Israeli airstrikes since Thursday
Sat, 09 Apr 2011 23:04:00
According to Palestinian medical sources, eight Palestinians were killed and at least twenty more injured, some seriously, when Israeli airstrikes struck neighborhoods in northern and southern Gaza on Saturday.
Two of those killed were resistance fighters – Tayser Abu Snima, with the armed wing of Hamas, and Raed Zuhair Aa-Bar, 30 years old, with the Popular Resistance Committees.
The identities of the other people killed remains unknown, but hospital officials say that the killed and injured are mostly civilians.
Israeli authorities claim that they conducted 11 targeted assassination actions on Friday and Saturday. Targeted assassinations are considered violations of international law, as they invariably result in civilian casualties.
14 of the 60 Palestinians wounded since Thursday are in critical condition in Gaza hospitals.
Ten Palestinians Killed In Gaza Since Thursday
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 14:38:23
Medical Sources in Gaza stated that the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli shells since Thursday arrived to ten. A woman and her daughter were the latest casualty until the time of this report.
The sources stated that the army bombarded a home on resident Ibrahim Qdeih, in Abasan al-Kubra area, east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, killing his wife, Najah, 41, and her 21-year-old daughter.
At least four residents who were at the bombarded home were also wounded, including a young woman who suffered serious injuries.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that the army will continue its offensive against Gaza at least for several more days.
Three Palestinians Killed In Gaza
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 14:00:00
As the Israeli army continued its offensive against the Gaza Strip, three Palestinian were killed on Friday, while the total number of slain Palestinians killed by the army since Thursday reached eight; dozens of residents, including children, were injured.
An elderly man, identified as Talal Abu Taha, 55, was killed when the army bombarded homes in Al Qarara area, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
The man was praying at his home when it was hit by a shell fired by the army.
The army also killed two Palestinians fighters on Friday, the two are members of the Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing Hamas.
The two fighters were killed when the Israeli Air Force bombarded an area at the entrance of Khuaza town, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. They were identified as Abdullah Al Qarra and Mo’taz Abu Jame’.
Two Palestinians were wounded in the attack and were moved to a local hospital, medical sources reported.
Furthermore, three family members were injured when the army bombarded a home in Al Faraheen area in southern Gaza. Among the wounded is a woman who is currently in a serious condition.
At least two Palestinians were wounded as the army bombarded a civilian area, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. They were moved to the Gaza European Hospital in the city.
Meanwhile, Israeli sources stated that at least six mortars were fired at the Eshkol area, in the Western Negev, on Friday at noon.
The army added that nearly 50 mortars were fired at the Western Negev on Friday, and considered the issue as the “most serious escalation since Operation Cast Lead”.
The army also bombarded an area believed to be a training base for fighters of the Al Qassam Brigades in Gaza City.
On Friday at dawn, the army bombarded several areas in Gaza, and fired two missile at an abandoned home that belongs to a family in Al Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza City.
The Ministry of Interior in Gaza said that it held talks with different factions in an attempt to restore calm and prevent Israel from conducting a larger scale offensive. Palestinian factions declared a ceasefire that came into effect on Thursday at 11 at night but Israel resumed its shelling.
The resistance groups said that the ceasefire does not mean maintaining calm while Israel continues to bombard Gaza.
Two Palestinians Killed Friday, At Least Three Injured
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies – Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:12:31
As the Israeli Army and Air Force continued its strikes against the Gaza Strip despite a ceasefire declared by the resistance in Gaza, two Palestinians were killed on Friday morning, while at least three residents were injured.
Medical sources in Gaza reported that two fighters, members of the Al Qassam Brigades of Hamas, were killed as the army carried out a series of attacks against several areas in the coastal region.
The two fighters were killed when the Israeli Air Force bombarded an area at the entrance of Khuaza town, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.They were identified as Abdullah Al Qarra and Mo’taz Abu Jame’.
On Thursday, at least five Palestinians were killed and more than 40, including children, were injured in a number of Israeli attacks targeting several areas in Gaza.
Three more residents were wounded when the army bombarded an area east of the Rafah International Airport that was repeatedly bombarded and destroyed by the Israeli army since the beginning of the Al Aqsa Intifada in 2000.
The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said that its stances never changed, and that resistance against the occupation and aggression will not stop.
The Brigades stated that “there will be no truce with the Israeli occupation while it continues its aggression and crimes against the Palestinian people”.
The Salah Ed-Deen Brigades, the armed wing of the National Resistance Committees, also issued a release stating that “the Israeli crime committed on Thursday will not pass unpunished”.
Mohammad Bahar, deputy head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) slammed the Israeli escalation against the Palestinian people, and voiced an appeal to Egypt, the Egyptian head of the Higher Command of the Armed Forces, Mohammad Tantawi, the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to intervene and stop the Israeli violations.