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Palestine: Israeli raids kill 42 in Gaza as Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa mosque

14th Nov 2019
Palestine:  Israeli raids kill 42 in Gaza as Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa mosque

By Gulsen Topcu and Nour Mahd Ali Abu Aisha

GAZA CITY (AA): At least 42 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army in two days of raids on the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Health Ministry said late Wednesday in a statement. In Jerusalem, 123 Jewish settlers backed by Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The ministry said that 100 others, including 30 children and 13 women, were injured in the raids.

Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that Israeli missiles struck, on Thursday at dawn, a Palestinian home in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, killing six members of the same family, and wounding thirteen others.

The Health Ministry stated that Israeli F16 war jets fired missiles into a home in Deir al-Balah, killing six family members, and wounding at least thirteen others, most of them are women and children.

The remains of two more children were found under the rubble, amidst ongoing search.

On Wednesday morning, the Al-Quds Brigade, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad group, said one of its field commanders had been killed in an Israeli raid.

Earlier, the Israeli army said its air force attacked an Islamic Jihad squad trying to fire rockets at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip.

In a statement, the Israeli army said over 250 rockets had been fired from Gaza towards Israel since Tuesday morning.

The Israeli official ambulance service, known as the Red Star of David, said 44 Israelis were slightly injured due to the rockets launched from Gaza towards Israel’s southern areas since Tuesday.

Sirens were heard in the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot.

The situation escalated in Gaza early Tuesday after an Israeli airstrike killed Bahaa Abu al-Atta, a senior military commander of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, as well as his wife Asmaa.

Israeli warplanes also launched an airstrike targeting Islamic Jihad member Akram al-Ajouri in Syria’s capital Damascus.

Two people, including al-Ajouri’s son, were killed and 10 injured, but the Islamic Jihad leader emerged unhurt.

Meanwhile, scores of Jewish settlers forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Wednesday, according to a Palestinian agency.

“Around 123 settlers backed by Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa compound since early morning,” said the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, a Jordan-run agency responsible for overseeing the city’s Muslim and Christian holy sites.

Settlers swarmed into the site via the Al-Maghariba Gate, usually guarded by Israeli police.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third-holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem — in which Al-Aqsa is located — during the 1967 Middle East War. It formally annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as its capital — a move never recognized by the international community.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

Additional report by Imemc.org

[Photo: A wounded Palestinian baby, who was injured in Israeli airstrikes over Deir al Balah, receives a medical treatment at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, in Deir al Balah, Gaza on November 14, 2019. Photographer: Muhabiri Ashraf Amra/AA]

 

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