By Saed Bannoura
IMEMC & Agencies: Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip have reported that the number of casualties among the civilians, including children, infants and elderly, continues to rise, as the Israeli army is ongoing with its bombardment, and shelling, of Palestinian homes and property.
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip have reported that the number of casualties among the civilians, including children, infants and elderly, continues to rise, as the Israeli army is ongoing with its bombardment, and shelling, of Palestinian homes and property.
The sources said that Israeli missiles killed five members of the al-Yazeji family, including two children, in the al-Karama neighborhood, in Gaza City.
They have been identified as:
1. Majdi Mahmoud al-Yazeji, 56, al-Karama, Gaza.
2. Mayar al- Yazeji, 2, al-Karama, Gaza.
3. Anas al- Yazeji, 5, al-Karama, Gaza.
4. Yasmin Naif al-Yazeji, al-Karama, Gaza.
5. Safinaz al-Yazeji, al-Karama, Gaza.
Several Palestinians were injured.
In addition, three Palestinian family members, identified as
6. Tamer Nayef Jundiyya, 30,
7. Kamel Jundiyya, 32,
8. Rahma Ahmad Jundiyya, 50,
have been killed in the Shuja’eyya area, in Gaza, and many were wounded..
Another Palestinian was also killed after the army fired more missiles into an area in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. He has been identified as:
9. Mohammad Mahmoud al-Maghrebi, 24.
10. Resident Ibrahim Sha’ban Bakron, 37,
was killed in Israeli shelling of the Sha’af area east of Rafah.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza said the army fired missiles into the third floor of the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, killing four Palestinians, and wounding several others.
The identity of the slain Palestinians remain unknown.
The hospital oxygen-production unit was severely damaged, so the patients dependent on life support are running out of oxygen, according to hospital officials.
The officials also report that two ambulances attempting to move some of the critically-injured patients to another hospital came under fire from Israeli forces.
They issued an appeal to the World Health Organization, the Red Cross and the United Nations to intervene to stop Israel’s targeting of medical personnel, hospitals and ambulances.
In a separate incident, medics managed to locate a child alive, but critically wounded, under the rubble of her home in Shuja’eyya that was targeted by an Israeli missile fired by an Israel F-16 jet. The child lost her mother, several brothers and sisters, and many relatives.
Hospitals in Gaza are barely able to treat the wounded, especially due to the large number of injuries, exceeding 3000, at least one-third of them are children, adding that the siege, imposed on Gaza since 2006, repeated wars and continuous attacks on a nearly-daily basis, including this ongoing war, left hospital and medical centers with a shortage of essential supplies and equipment.
Armed groups fired several shells into nearby Israeli settlement, and more than 18 missiles into Tel Aviv, Asqalan, and Israeli coastal cities. Shells were also fired into Sderot in the Negev.
Israeli sources said fifteen soldiers have been injured in clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza, and were moved to Israeli hospitals.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the army intends to continue its offensive on Gaza, until “Israel achieves its targets behind the operation”, including “disarming Hamas” and other armed resistance groups.