Officers inform Haaretz newspaper that Israel was behind August 7 assault close to Jabalia refugee camp, contradicting earlier claims.
Israeli defence officers have confirmed that an Israeli raid on a Gaza cemetery killed five Palestinian children throughout its assault in early August, in keeping with a brand new report, contradicting earlier statements senior army officers made to native media.
A number of defence sources advised the Haaretz newspaper that a military inquiry into the August 7 assault concluded the 5 kids – Jamil Najm al-Deen Naijm, aged 4; Jamil Ihab Najim, 13; Mohammad Nijm, 17; Hamed Nijm, 17; and Nazmi Abu Karsh, 15, had been killed by an Israeli air assault on the Al-Faluja Cemetery subsequent to the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza.
Within the aftermath of that assault, which got here throughout a three-day Israeli assault on the besieged enclave from August 6 to August 8, a number of senior Israeli officers advised Haaretz the deaths had been possible attributable to an off-course Islamic Jihad rocket.
The army didn’t publicly assign blame for the deaths and didn’t reply to an Al Jazeera request for touch upon the most recent report.
The silence was conspicuous after the Israeli army had individually shortly solid blame on Islamic Jihad after eight individuals, together with kids, had been killed within the Jabalia refugee camp a day earlier.
The Israeli army stated it had not carried out any hits on the time of that assault, and later launched video footage showing to point out a number of rockets fired from Gaza, with one showing to fall brief in mid-flight.
Seventeen kids had been among the 49 Palestinians killed within the three-day assault, which Israel described as a “preemptive operation” following its arrest of an Islamic Jihad chief within the occupied West Financial institution a day earlier.
Chatting with Al Jazeera after the August 7 killings, Hamed Najim’s mom famous the assault got here simply hours earlier than a ceasefire, which has since held, went into impact.
“Simply two hours earlier than the truce was introduced, he advised me he would exit for 5 minutes together with his cousins,” she stated. “Moments glided by after which we heard a bombing. We ran out to search out my son and his three cousins. They had been all lower up into items.”
The Norwegian Refugee Council stated that three of the boys killed within the assault had been present process trauma remedy earlier than their deaths.
Rafah, Gaza – One other night time of terror handed within the southern Gaza Strip as an assault by Israeli warplanes killed a senior commander within the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) motion, Khaled Mansour, together with many close by civilians.
Till the early hours of Sunday, civil defence and rescue crews continued to retrieve the our bodies of the useless and wounded from underneath the rubble of the refugee camp, regardless of restricted gear.
In response to medics, seven folks had been killed within the Rafah bombing on Saturday, amongst 43 others killed in Israel’s three-day attack, together with 15 kids and 4 girls. Greater than 300 different Palestinians have been wounded.
The rescue course of was made harder by the slender alleyways of the camp due to how carefully the asbestos-roofed houses lined up collectively.
Ashraf al-Qaisi, 46, stated he didn’t suppose twice earlier than permitting bulldozers to demolish his whole home in an effort to assist rescue groups attain his neighbours buried underneath the particles.
“That is the toughest night time ever in my life,” al-Qaisi advised Al Jazeera. “I used to be sitting in my home with my spouse and 6 kids till we all of the sudden heard the sound of shelling, and a part of the ceiling collapsed. Certainly one of my sons was injured.”
‘Sufficient is sufficient’
Al-Qaisi ran exterior solely to seek out numerous his neighbours’ houses had been utterly destroyed by the Israeli bombing. “These had been powerful moments. Blood, physique elements, screams underneath the rubble, our bodies being pulled out useless and wounded,” al-Qaisi stated.
“It was very troublesome for the bulldozers to succeed in the focused home, so I let the bulldozers demolish my whole home in an effort to save my neighbours subsequent door,” he advised Al Jazeera as he stood on the rubble of his residence.
Though al-Qaisi is unemployed and has no revenue to help his household, he stated he didn’t hesitate to permit the rescue crew to demolish his home. “The state of affairs was troublesome to place into phrases,” he stated. “I needed to assist in any approach.”
“I inform the world that sufficient is sufficient. The wars, bombings and killings which can be taking place to us are sufficient. We’re drained. We’re actually drained,” al-Qaisi stated whereas holding his injured son, Ahmed.
Wissam Joudeh, 39, did simply what al-Qaisi did. He, too, allowed bulldozers to partially demolish his home to ensure that rescue groups to evacuate the wounded.
“I used to be sitting with my household after we heard and felt shelling that shook the place,” he stated.
“I went out and the missile had hit proper behind our home. Moments till the civil defence autos rushed in, the state of affairs was very troublesome. Injured folks had been screaming underneath the rubble … [There were] burned our bodies, and it was late at night time.”
‘Gaza is alone’
The one factor the ambulances might do is to have al-Qaisi’s home and a part of Joudeh’s home demolished to assist entry the bombing web site.
“Despite the fact that I solely purchased this home three months in the past, after an extended wrestle to seek out stability, I didn’t hesitate to permit it to be demolished to attempt to attain the injured and the our bodies underneath the rubble,” Joudeh stated. “They’re my neighbours and I used to be very unhappy about what occurred to them.”
Joudeh known as on the worldwide and humanitarian group to strain Israel to cease its repeated assaults on Gaza.
“Gaza is alone. We didn’t begin a struggle with anybody. We’re civilians who simply wish to stay in peace.”
Simply north of Gaza, Najwa Abu Hamada, 46, had not but recovered from the shock of dropping her solely son, Khalil, 19, in a bombing close to their residence in Jabalia refugee camp.
Abu Hamada stated she had simply had lunch along with her son earlier than he went out with one in every of his pals.
“Lower than a minute after he left, I heard a loud bombing,” Abu Hamada stated. “Instantly I went out into the road yelling ‘my son, my son!’”
‘He’s all my life’
The bombing passed off in entrance of a grocery store subsequent to their residence, killing 5 civilians, together with kids.
“The very first thing I noticed was the physique of my son’s greatest good friend. That’s after I screamed and knew that my son may also have been killed,” Abu Hamada stated. “Minutes later I discovered my son. He was soaked in his blood and mendacity on the bottom. I used to be screaming so exhausting calling for an ambulance.”
Abu Hamada stated that Khalil was her solely son, whom she conceived after 15 years of attempting to have kids.
“I did 5 in vitro fertilisation rounds, all of which failed. Then the final IVF spherical was profitable and Khalil got here to mild.
“He’s all my life. I needed him to graduate rapidly in order that I might discover a bride for him. I’ve nobody else however him. I can’t consider what occurred and I don’t wish to consider,” Abu Hamada stated, breaking down in tears.
‘We are able to’t endure extra’
Umm Mohammad al-Nairab, 60, sat weeping within the wake of the deaths of her grandchildren, Ahmad, 11, and Moamen, 5.
“Final night time, the 2 kids went out to purchase issues from the grocery store throughout the road from the home the place folks gathered after night [Isha] prayers,” al-Nairab stated, sobbing closely. “It was solely moments earlier than we heard a loud bombing.”
“Their mother and father and I went out screaming: ‘Our youngsters, our kids!’. There have been physique elements soaked in their very own blood,” al-Nairab stated.
The youngsters’s mother and father had been too distraught to talk to members of the media.
“Ahmed was very completed in his research. He’s the eldest son and he has two sisters,” al-Nairab stated.
“What did they do to get bombed this manner? The road was filled with pedestrians and kids. What number of households in Gaza have a wake at present due to the continued Israeli aggression? We are able to’t endure extra.”
Israeli jets have pounded the besieged Gaza Strip for a second day following a wave of air strikes on the coastal enclave that killed no less than 12 individuals, together with a five-year-old woman and a commander of a Palestinian armed group.
The fighting, which began on Friday with Israel’s focused killing of a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, continued all through the night time, drawing the edges nearer to an all-out conflict.
Shortly earlier than midday on Saturday, Israel stepped up air strikes on Gaza, flattening a west Gaza Metropolis two-storey construction and badly damaging surrounding properties. Girls and youngsters rushed out of the realm.
“Warned us? They warned us with rockets, and we fled with out taking something,” mentioned Huda Shamallakh, who lived subsequent door, including that 15 individuals lived in the home that was focused.
Reporting from Gaza, Al Jazeera’s Youmna ElSayed mentioned that the assaults on Gaza “haven’t stopped for the reason that early morning hours”.
Standing in entrance of one other four-storey house flattened by an Israeli strike, ElSayed mentioned the constructing had housed 30 residents.
“Israel is now concentrating on properties,” she mentioned, explaining that a number of different residences within the Gaza Strip had been focused. “Lots of people have fallen as casualties in the course of the strikes, a lot of them kids.”
Reporting from the Gaza-Israeli border, Al Jazeera’s John Holman mentioned that the realm was on excessive alert with individuals on the Israeli aspect sheltering as some rockets from Gaza fell onto southern Israel.
“We have now the primary report of accidents on the Israeli aspect – two troopers,” he mentioned, explaining that 160 rockets had been launched from Gaza into southern Israel since Friday.
“It provides you a sign of how uneven this struggle between Israel – which has huge navy capabilities – and the Islamic Jihad is,” he added.
Energy plant shut down
Additionally on Saturday, Gaza’s sole energy plant shut down after operating out of gas, an electrical energy firm spokesman mentioned, 5 days after Israel closed its items crossing with the Palestinian enclave.
“The ability plant in Gaza has stopped because of the gas scarcity,” mentioned Mohammed Thabet, spokesman for the electrical energy firm.
The electrical energy provide is anticipated to plummet to only 4 hours a day, Thabet mentioned.
Diesel for the facility plant is often trucked in from Egypt or Israel, which has maintained a blockade of the enclave for the reason that armed group Hamas took management of Gaza in 2007.
In an announcement earlier on Saturday, Gaza’s electrical energy firm mentioned the shutdown “will have an effect on all public utilities and essential installations and exacerbate the humanitarian state of affairs”.
The corporate referred to as on “all events to urgently intervene and permit the doorway of gas deliveries for the facility plant to work”.
“This brings the individuals and well being sector into a much bigger disaster. There have been eight hours of electrical energy in Gaza … this has been shortened to 4. It is going to be nothing if gas doesn’t enter the Strip,” mentioned Al Jazeera’s ElSayed.
Gaza’s 2.3 million residents expertise common energy shortages and final week acquired solely a median of 10 hours of electrical energy per day, in accordance with knowledge from the UN’s humanitarian company OCHA.
The newest spherical of Israel-Gaza violence was sparked by the arrest this week of a senior Islamic Jihad commander within the occupied West Financial institution, a part of a month-long Israeli navy operation within the territory.
Citing a safety risk, Israel then sealed roads across the Gaza Strip and on Friday killed Taysir al-Jabari, a commander of the al-Quds Brigades, in a focused strike.
A blast was heard in Gaza Metropolis, the place smoke poured from the seventh flooring of a tall constructing. Video launched by Israel’s navy confirmed the strikes blowing up three towers.
The Palestinian Well being Ministry mentioned a five-year-old woman and a 23-year-old girl had been amongst these killed in Gaza, and dozens of others had been wounded.
In a single day, Israel arrested 19 Islamic Jihad members within the occupied West Financial institution, the Israeli navy mentioned.
In a nationally televised speech on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid mentioned his nation launched the assaults primarily based on “concrete threats”.
Lapid, a centrist former TV host and creator, has expertise in diplomacy having served as international minister within the outgoing authorities, however has skinny safety credentials.
A battle with Gaza may burnish his standing and provides him a lift as he faces off in opposition to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a safety hawk who led the nation throughout three of its 4 wars with Hamas.
Hamas additionally faces a dilemma in deciding whether or not to affix a brand new battle barely a yr after the final conflict brought on widespread devastation.
There was nearly no reconstruction since then, and the remoted coastal territory is mired in poverty, with unemployment hovering at about 50 %.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum mentioned “the Israeli enemy, which began the escalation in opposition to Gaza and dedicated a brand new crime, should pay the worth and bear full duty for it”.
On Thursday, June 23 at 19:30 GMT: The overwhelming majority of Gaza’s 800,000 kids have solely ever recognized life below the Israeli-led blockade, and they’re in psychological disaster due to it.
“Trapped“, a current report by Save the Youngsters, discovered that 80 p.c of kids and younger individuals in Gaza undergo from melancholy, unhappiness and worry. The NGO interviewed 488 kids and 168 dad and mom and caregivers within the Gaza Strip, following up on comparable analysis that they carried out in 2018. Since their final report, the variety of kids reporting emotional misery has now elevated from 55 to 80 p.c.
Gazan kids below the age of 15 have faced what the report phrases six life-threatening conditions – 4 army escalations, violence as Israel sought to quell the “Nice March of Return” in 2018, and the COVID-19 pandemic. These are along with the unlawful Israeli-led blockade and restrictions on motion that proceed to traumatise Gazans.
Specialists warn that psychological well being challenges are hampering kids’s growth, studying and social interplay, in each the quick and long run. They’re urging the Israeli authorities to take quick steps to raise the blockade of the Gaza Strip and finish the occupation.
On this episode we’ll talk about the state of kids’s emotional, psychological and social well-being in Gaza, and ask what is required to nurture younger minds and rebuild psychological well being companies within the occupied territory.
On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by: Dr Yasser Abu Jamei Psychiatrist, and Director, Gaza Group Psychological Well being Programme
Jason Lee, @JasonIanLee Nation Director, Save the Youngsters
Enas Faras Ghannam, @GhannamEnas Venture supervisor, We Are Not Numbers
Gaza Metropolis – Israeli air raids demolished the Al-Jalaa constructing that hosted Al Jazeera’s bureau and The Related Press workplace on Could 15 final yr.
Mud and particles plumed up into the air because the 11-storey constructing, which additionally housed a variety of residences and different workplaces, was levelled, pounded flat.
The bombing sparked widespread anger. Al Jazeera condemned the assault on the time, calling on “all media and human rights establishments to hitch forces” in denouncing the bombing and to “maintain the federal government of Israel accountable”.
Between Could 10 and 21 final yr, Israeli forces carried out a full-scale military offensive towards the Gaza Strip that resulted within the deaths of 261 Palestinians, together with 67 youngsters and 41 ladies.
After the bombing, the Al Jazeera crew in Gaza – who misplaced most of their gear – moved to a number of short-term headquarters over the previous yr in what they described as a time stuffed with instability.
At Al Jazeera’s present workplace, guests streamed in just lately to supply their condolences for the lack of Al Jazeera’s veteran reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces within the Jenin refugee camp final week.
Wael Al Dahdouh, 53, director of the Al Jazeera bureau in Gaza, stated it’s nonetheless painful to recollect the day when the crew misplaced their workplace through the Israeli assault.
‘Acquired out instantly’
He recounted that afternoon: The crew was out overlaying a close-by bombing when the proprietor of the constructing known as to tell them that an Israeli official ordered an instantaneous evacuation as a result of it was going to be bombed.
“It was an excellent shock, we thought the bombing of the tower through which we’re situated was not possible. It solely hosted media workplaces, firms and the remaining have been residential residences.”
“In these moments, I couldn’t consider something. I advised everybody to evacuate. We took what may take from the workplace and acquired out instantly,” he stated.
Wael and the residents have been capable of depart the constructing solely minutes earlier than the tower was bombed and crashed to the bottom.
“The scene of the workplace being bombed whereas I used to be on air overlaying the information was one of the vital tough moments in my life. I used to be doing my job regardless of my disappointment for all of the recollections of the workplace we spent 12 years in.
“This reminiscence is linked to our efforts, our work, our gear and the archive that documented many recollections and scenes,” he added.
After the bombing, Wael stated the crew moved to a lodge in western Gaza and have been hosted by the AFP information company to do their reside protection of the continuing Israeli assault on the territory.
“We gathered our energy and continued to cowl regardless of the hazards and hardships, and regardless of all of the disappointment, anger and remorse over dropping the workplace,” Wael stated.
Wael spoke intermittently as he obtained guests who got here to supply their condolences for the assassination of Abu Akleh.
“The anniversary of our workplace tower coincided with the lack of one other tower of the press in Palestine, our colleague Shireen Abu Akleh,” he stated.
“We have been planning to mark our bombing anniversary with us getting up once more and shifting to a brand new workplace and celebrating. However dropping Shireen made this pleasure incomplete.”
‘Sheikh of Photographers’
Mahmoud Obaid, 65, a senior cameraman nicknamed the “sheikh of photographers” within the Gaza Strip, began working for Al Jazeera at its founding in 1996.
Since then, Mahmoud stated, he has lined many watershed moments with the Al Jazeera crew, together with Israeli invasions, escalations and wars within the Palestinian territory.
“Throughout these years, Al Jazeera’s workplace moved from one place to a different, till we lastly settled in 2009 in al-Jalaa Tower,” he stated.
“The al-Jalaa Tower workplace was like our second dwelling. We used to spend extra time within the workplace than we spent in our properties with our households, and our connection to the place was very robust.”
In regards to the second they have been knowledgeable of the bombing, Mahmoud stated: “We acquired very nervous, our ideas have been about what are crucial issues that we’ll get out of the workplace earlier than the bombing.
“The gear we took out didn’t exceed 5 % of the overall gear we misplaced, together with cameras and broadcasting gadgets,” Mahmoud stated.
“I want we had a minimum of two hours to evacuate our headquarters and take our gear, however between the second of informing us and the bombing, there have been solely 45 minutes, not sufficient for something.”
Mahmoud stated the towers that have been bombed through the Could offensive got a full day or greater than 5 hours to evacuate, apart from the al-Jalaa Tower, which was bombed lower than an hour from the second of notification.
“We felt loads of instability through the earlier yr – new place, new roads, and incomplete gear, however we acquired over it and right here we’re. Nothing will cease us. The Israeli occupation at all times targets us as journalists in all media shops, but it surely won’t have an effect on our dedication to report the reality.”
‘I used to be terrified’
Youmna El Sayed, 34, who began working as a correspondent for Al Jazeera English final yr through the struggle on the Gaza Strip, described the second the tower was bombed as an excellent shock to everybody.
“At these moments, I had simply returned from reporting on the war-wounded folks at Al-Shifa Medical Hospital, till the information of the evacuation of the tower got here,” Youmna stated.
“I used to be terrified, I believed this was one of many most secure locations within the Gaza Strip. The workplace of an American media outlet and the Al Jazeera workplace have been there, and the remaining have been residents,” she stated.
Youmna, a mom of 4, stated her ideas have been with the households who lived within the 60-apartment constructing.
“I most well-liked to go down the steps from the twelfth ground and never use the elevator to see if I may assist any of the households on my means. There was a mom on the eighth ground very nervous and crying with three youngsters beneath the age of 5 and a child in her arms, and she or he couldn’t handle,” she stated.
“Regardless of my very own worry, I reassured her and took the 2 youngsters from her and advised her to rapidly convey no matter she needed from her house and to not fear concerning the youngsters, whom I took down with me.”
After Youmna was out of the constructing, the mom additionally got here downstairs with different households within the tower then, moments later, the constructing was bombed.
“I used to be on the air at that second overlaying the bombing, it was a really tough second, the tower collapsed like a biscuit,” she stated.
A yr later, Youmna stated she might not have spent as a lot time within the former Gaza headquarters of Al Jazeera, however she felt keenly the affect of the bombing on her colleagues, who misplaced their gear, possessions, and recollections.
Regardless of the Israeli assault, she asserted “nothing will cease them from conveying the message”.
“Though I maintain a non-Palestinian nationality that permits me to go away Gaza on the time of the struggle, I most well-liked to remain and canopy what’s going on,” she stated.
“The bombing of the Al Jazeera workplace didn’t intimidate me in any respect, and few days in the past got here the lack of our colleague Shireen Abu Akleh. These incidents made me extra persistent to finish the message – it doesn’t matter what occurs.
“Nothing will cease us from the message, besides dying.”
Gaza Metropolis – Family of 4 Palestinian kids who have been killed by an Israeli air raid whereas enjoying on a Gaza seaside eight years in the past have denounced a call by Israel’s Supreme Court docket to reject a request to reopen an investigation into the deaths as inhumane.
4 members of the Bakr household – Muhammad 12, Zakaria 10, Ismail 10, Ahed 11 – have been killed throughout Israel’s 2014 battle on Gaza whereas enjoying soccer on the seaside.
In a ruling final Sunday, Israel’s high court docket upheld earlier selections by Israeli authorities that decided the killings have been a mistake.
Mohammad, 60, the daddy of one of many kids killed, informed Al Jazeera he was not stunned by the ruling.
“It’s regular in life beneath Israeli occupation; [Israel] commits a criminal offense after which denies it utterly,” he mentioned. “The world talks about kids and their rights. The place are the rights of our Palestinian kids?”
“The killing of our youngsters is a stain on Israel’s brow. Israel has all the trendy capabilities and superior weapons. Was it troublesome for them to find out that they have been kids?” he added.
On that day, an image of Mohammad screaming hysterically and making an attempt to tear off his garments was extensively circulated.
“The toughest second in my life ever was seeing my youngster reduce into shreds within the morgue together with my nephews. They have been all reduce to items.” the daddy of seven mentioned.
He mentioned the court docket’s choice was absurd, given the proof of the incident captured by stories and video footage.
“If this isn’t a battle crime, what are battle crimes?” he mentioned.
‘We won’t quit’
Between July 8 and August 26, 2014, Israel’s offensive on Gaza killed 2,251 folks, most of them civilians, together with 299 ladies and 551 kids. On the Israeli aspect, 66 troopers and 6 civilians died.
On July 16, 2014, Israeli assaults hit the seaport space in Gaza close to to the place the Bakr kids have been enjoying. The primary assault killed certainly one of them, the second killed the opposite three whereas they have been making an attempt to flee. 4 different kids within the Bakr household and two civilians working within the space have been additionally wounded.
The incident sparked widespread anger and was witnessed by international journalists who have been at a close-by lodge.
The Israeli army admitted that it had launched the assaults, known as the deaths, “a tragic final result”, and launched an inner investigation into the killings.
In mid-2015, Israel closed the investigation, claiming the realm was utilized by fighters of Hamas, the Palestinian group that governs the Gaza Strip.
Three human rights organisations – Gaza-based Al-Mezan and Palestinian Middle for Human Rights, and Israeli group Adalah – filed the enchantment to Israel’s Supreme Court docket to hunt a legal investigation into the incident.
In a joint assertion, the teams slammed the court docket’s rejection of that enchantment as “one other indication that Israel is incapable and unwilling to prosecute Israeli troopers for battle crimes and crimes towards humanity”.
Salwa Bakr, 48, mom of Mohammed, 12, cried as she described her emotions of loss to Al Jazeera.
“Eight years of bitterness, agony, and bodily torture,” she mentioned. “What’s the sin of my kids and nephews? We within the Bakr household refuse the Israeli choice. Israel is the killer of our youngsters, how come it might act because the decide?” she mentioned.
She mentioned the household would proceed to combat for justice and known as on the Worldwide Prison Court docket to take motion.
“We won’t quit it doesn’t matter what,” Salwa mentioned.
In 2021, the ICC opened an investigation into alleged Israeli crimes within the Palestinian territories – together with actions throughout the 2014 battle.
Ahed Bakr, Zakaria’s father, known as out what he mentioned have been double requirements between attitudes of a lot of the worldwide group in direction of Russia’s battle in Ukraine, and Israeli assaults on Palestinians
“The Russian aggression was labeled as a battle crime, and nobody [takes action about] the crimes dedicated towards our youngsters over the previous 60 years.”
“We reject killings and wars in every single place, however humanity is indivisible. We don’t want to see what occurred to us from the killing of our youngsters be repeated anyplace on the earth.”
Ahed known as for worldwide investigators to be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip and doc Israeli crimes towards kids and civilians.
“Those that have been concerned within the killing of our youngsters have to be prosecuted. With all of the Israeli army expertise and the accuracy of finding the bombing websites, wasn’t it clear with them that our youngsters have been enjoying?”
“Our household won’t keep silent till all of the murderers are dropped at a good trial,” Ahed mentioned.