Israel kills children, doctors in horrific nighttime massacre
17 May 2021
photo: APA images
Israel in the early hours of Sunday night obliterated multiple generations of families when it bombed their homes in Gaza.
Around 1 am, Israeli warplanes launched a savage bombing campaign lasting at least an hour, firing 50 missiles at the area surrounding al-Wihda street in Gaza City.
Without warning, the bombs hit residential buildings, bringing them down on top of those inside.
The death toll from the attack has risen to 42, including 10 children and 16 women. Fifty more were wounded.
Two prominent doctors were among the dead.
As of Sunday evening, rescuers were still searching for survivors under the rubble.
This has raised the death toll in Gaza since Israel’s bombing campaign began last Monday to at least 192, including 58 children and 34 women, according to the health ministry in the territory.
More than 1,200 people have been injured.
In the attack early Sunday, multiple generations of the al-Qawlaq family – at least 17 people – were killed. The youngest victim, Qusay Sameh al-Qawlaq, was 6 months old, and the oldest was 84-year-old Saadiya Yousef al-Qawlaq.
Israel also bombed civic infrastructure, businesses and the main roads leading to the city’s al-Shifa hospital, according to Al-Mezan, a human rights group in the territory.
An official from Gaza’s health ministry said Israel deliberately targets roads, preventing wounded Palestinians from getting medical care.
After bombing residential buildings in #Gaza, "Israel" bombed all the streets leading to Shifa Hospital, the largest medical facility in Gaza. Ambulance vehicles cannot leave/enter the hospital while tens of civilians are buried alive under the rubbles.#GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/8R7V3voWGl
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) May 16, 2021
Abir Ishkinta, 29, was killed in the blast.
From the same family, siblings Dana Ishkinta, 9, Yahya Ishkinta, 4, and their 2-year-old sister Zein Ishkinta, were also killed.
Their father Riyad Ishkinta was pulled out of the rubble alive on Sunday
"بوسة وبس" 💔
مشهد حزين قدرك الله ع التحمل صديقي رياض اشكنتنا وانت تودع أطفالك الأربعة وزوجتك الذين قتلــهم الاحتلال #غزة_تحت_القصف
بدنا نوصل الفيديو لكل العالم رتويت لفضح جرائم الاحتلال pic.twitter.com/0mUHGioEs8
— المصور وليد الدردساوي|𓂆 (@waleed_Emad92) May 16, 2021
His daughter Suzie Ishtinka was also reportedly pulled out alive after hours under the collapsed building:
#شاهد|| بعد 12 ساعة تحت الركام الطفلة "سوزي اشكنتنا" تعود للحياة وهي بصحة جيدة بجوار والدها المصاب.
اللهم تمام الشفاء والعافية.. pic.twitter.com/PKBTbv25uU
— أدهم أبو سلمية #فلسطين 🇵🇸 (@adham922) May 16, 2021
— يوسف أبوزريق #غزة🇵🇸🇰🇼 (@abn_gaza90) May 16, 2021
As medical staff in Gaza cope with a surge of injured people, they have not been spared Israel’s onslaught.
Dr. Ayman Tawfiq Abu al-Ouf, the chief of internal medicine at al-Shifa hospital, died along with two of his children, Tala, 13, and Tawfiq, 17.
Dr. Muin al-Aloul, a neurologist, was also killed in the Israeli bombing.
Two other members of the Abu al-Ouf family were also killed.
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