Israeli Airstrike on Gaza Kills Pregnant Mother, Toddler Daughter

GAZA, October 11, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli airstrikes targeting two different locations in the Gaza Strip last Saturday night killed a pregnant mother and her toddler baby, as well as caused various injuries to the rest of the family, according to medical sources.

WAFA correspondent said Israeli F16 jet fighters launched two airstrikes targeting two different locations to the southeast and west of the Gaza Strip.

The fierce explosion caused a nearby Palestinian-owned  inhabited house  in al-Zaytoun neighborhood to collapse, killing a five months pregnant mother, and her toddler daughter, one-year-old Rahaf Hassan, as well as injuring the father and three children. The mother was identified as Nour Hassan, 30.

The Israeli airstrikes – which Israeli occupation army claimed came in response to a projectile which was fired from Gaza and landed in southern Israel – reportedly hit two sites belonging to resistance groups. The airstrikes also caused severe destruction in both locations.

This comes amid a seemingly growing uprising in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip districts, marked by renewing clashes – which came in condemnation of Israel’s growing dominance over al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem – with the Israeli army and security forces at Israeli-controlled checkpoints and crossing points in the West Bank.

Israel has been enforcing a temporal division on al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam; severe restrictions have been imposed on Palestinians entry into the mosque, whilst at the same time Israeli settlers are provided with police escort into the compound, a measure which has ignited strong feelings of anger among Palestinians.

Last year, Israel launched a relentless war on Gaza which claimed the lives of about 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and left more than 10,000 injured. Hundreds of thousands others are currently displaced and live in makeshift caravans or in UNRWA-run schools.

Since 2007, Israel has imposed a tightened blockade on Gaza, which has caused a serious decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

According to OCHA report covering the period between 15 and 28 of September 2015, “On 19 September, Israeli air forces fired at least two missiles at a telecommunications tower, east of Jabalia, reportedly used by an armed group, and a water tower east of Beit Hanoun. Both facilities and a number of nearby houses sustained damage and two Palestinian civilian residents were injured.”