Two minors in their late teens were killed and at least two and possibly four other youths were wounded in Israel’s occupation forces’ attack on a group of youth in the besieged Gaza Strip on the night between Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th.
ISRAELI OCCUPATION TARGETS YOUTHS
Two teenagers were killed and at least two others were wounded, one of them possibly critically, in the besieged Gaza Strip as Israel’s occupation forces’ tanks shelled a group of six youths. Israeli occupation claimed that the youths would have tried to cross the border fence between the coastal enclave and Palestine 1948.
The incident happened near Rafah in the southernmost part of besieged Gaza. Palestinian sources attribute the deaths and injuries to air-strike at an empty area in the city of Rafah itself, from whose neighbourhood of al-Salam at least the two dead teenagers among the youths are said to be from.
The timing of the incident is unclear beyond that it happened during the night and that the bodies were retrieved after dawn in the Sunday morning.
There are some differences in how the victims’ names are reported and some confusion about the age of one of them. Most sources give variants of names Salim Sabah and Abdullah Abu Sheyha, and gives both of their ages as 17, yet one source names the boys as Mohammed Sabah Abu Ghaith and Abdullah Ayman Abu Sheikha and another as Salem Mohammed Soliman Sabbah, 17, and ‘Abdullah Ayman Salim Irmeilat, aged 15.
At least two, but according to some claims all four other youths were wounded and Abu Ghaith and Abu Shekha were left missing until rescuers finally found them dead according to most sources, although one claims that they would have been still alive and received medical care which didn’t save their lives.
They certainly were dead by the time their bodies were brought out of an ambulance.
The dead minors were buried on Sunday.
In the ‘Western’ media their deaths have received far less attention than the wounding of the four adult, armed Israeli occupation soldiers the day before.
OCCUPATION ATTACKS AGAINST RESISTANCE SITES
Israeli occupation attacked Gaza Strip throughout the evening and the night with air-strikes, artillery and tanks Gaza following the wounding of four Israel’s occupation forces soldiers, who had crossed into besieged Gaza on Saturday to remove a flag of Palestine set up near the border during a Friday demonstration.
Most sources imply they were on foot and trying to remove the flag as the explosion happened, although one reports the occupation soldiers were driving a military vehicle, a jeep. Two occupation soldiers were seriously injured and two suffered moderate injuries.
Speculation attributed to Israeli sources alleges the bomb was set by the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, a group of mainly former Fatah members, but of the 18 to 20 attacks Israeli occupation claims it did, those targeting resistance sites hit only sites belonging to Hamas’ armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, with one exception and that site belongs to the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad.
One rocket is claimed to have launched both on the Saturday and Sunday evenings from the besieged Gaza Strip to Palestine 1948, causing no injuries nor damage. The rocket on Saturday landed near the town of Sderot, built on the site of an ethnically cleansed Palestinian village.