BREAKING | Gaza Under Intense Israeli Bombardment: Many Killed, Wounded (LIVE BLOG)

The house of the Al-Quds Brigades top official Jihad Ghannam following the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. (Photo: Supplied)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

At least thirteen Palestinians have been killed and many others wounded as a result of a massive Israeli military attack targeting the besieged Palestinian Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said in a statement.

Tuesday, May 9, 5:30 pm (GMT +3)

BREAKING | Isreali artillery bombarded an observatory and an agricultural area east of the town of Al-Qarara, near Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Civil Defense retrieved the bodies of two Palestinians who were killed in the bombing of their car.

Tuesday, May 9, 1:30 pm (GMT +3)

Egyptian mediators are “extremely angry” with Netanyahu following airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday which killed at least 13 people, sources close to the Egyptian government have said.

Tuesday, May 9, 1:30 pm (GMT +3)

Jordan, Egypt and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) today condemned in separate statements the Israeli aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip that resulted in the killing of women and children, calling for ending the Israeli attacks against the Palestinians.

Tuesday, May 9, 1:10 pm (GMT +3)

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland condemned the death of Palestinian civilians in the Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

“I am deeply alarmed by developments in Gaza after Israel launched a military operation this morning targeting members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement (PIJ),” he said in a statement.

“The Israeli airstrikes inside Gaza resulted in the killing of 13 Palestinians, including three members of PIJ, a doctor, five women and four children, and more than 20 injured. I condemn the deaths of civilians in the Israeli airstrikes. This is unacceptable.”

Tuesday, May 9, 1:00 pm (GMT +3)

The ‘Joint Operation Room’ in Gaza for the Palestinian Factions in the Gaza Strip issued a statement:

“We mourn a group of martyrs, including leaders, children and women, who were killed as a result of the treacherous aggression launched by the (Israeli) occupation against their homes, headed by the military leaders of Al-Quds Brigades – the military arm of the Islamic Jihad movement – Jihad Ghannam, Khalil al-Bahtini, and Tareq Izz al-Din.

“We hold the criminal enemy fully responsible for the repercussions of this cowardly crime, and the occupation and its leaders who initiated the aggression must prepare to pay the price, God willing.”

Tuesday, May 9, 12:00 pm (GMT +3)

The funeral of Dr. Jamal Khaswan, who died with his wife and son Youssef as a result of the Israeli bombing of Gaza City at dawn today.

Tuesday, May 9, 12:00 pm (GMT +3)

The spokesman for Al-Quds Brigades, Abu Hamza, released a statement saying that the elimination of their leaders only makes Islamic Jihad stronger and there will definitely be a response to Israel.

He added that the Brigades will confront the Israeli aggression on besieged Gaza with firmness and courage.

“The crime of the occupation will only increase our faith in continuing the option of resistance,” Abu Hamza said, pointing out that the massacres of the occupation against innocent civilians in their homes will increase the Palestinian people’s adherence to the resistance until the liberation of Palestine.

Abu Hamza called on the Palestinian people to rally around the resistance.

Tuesday, May 9, 9:00 am (GMT +3)

The number of Palestinian victims in the latest Israeli attack on Gaza has risen to 13 killed, including 3 children and 7 women. 20 people were injured, including some critically.

Tuesday, May 9, 5:43 am (GMT +3)

The number of Palestinian victims in the latest Israeli attack on Gaza has risen to 12 killed and 20 wounded, including women and children, according to the latest statement by the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Tuesday, May 9, 4:30 am (GMT +3)

Spokesman for the Palestinian group Hamas to Al Aqsa TV channel: “The Israeli occupation bears full responsibility for its aggression on the Gaza Strip. The Resistance will continue to defend our people and our holy places.”

Tuesday, May 9, 4:10 am (GMT +3)

Al-Quds Brigades: “We mourn our martyrs, leader Jihad Ghannam, leader Khalil al-Bahtini, and leader Tareq Izz al-Din, along with their wives, and several of their children. We will not abandon our position and the resistance will continue, God willing.”

Tuesday, May 9, 4:00 am (GMT +3)

Among the nine Palestinians killed were the director of Wafa Hospital, Dr. Jammal Khodwan, and his his wife.

Tuesday, May 9, 3:50 am (GMT +3)

Massive explosions were heard in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Tuesday, May 9, 3:45 am (GMT +3)

A series of Israeli attacks targeted the Hittin military position belonging to the Al-Quds Brigades west of Khan Younis.

Tuesday, May 9, 3:40 am (GMT +3)

Intense Israeli bombardments of Rafah and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Tuesday, May 9, 3:30 am (GMT +3)

Who is Tareq Izz al-Din, killed with his family in Gaza?

Tareq Izz Al-Din is a freed Palestinian prisoner from Jenin, in the northern West Bank. He was deported by Israel to the besieged Gaza Strip in 2011 and has held the position of the head of the files of the West Bank and the Jenin Brigades in Gaza. He was killed early dawn on Tuesday, along with members of his family.

Tuesday, May 9, 2:00 am (GMT +3)

Some of those killed include top military leaders of the Islamic Jihad-affiliated Al Quds Brigades. The Brigades’ leader of the Gaza region, Khalil ‘Abu Hadi’ al-Bahtini, the leader of the Southern region Jihad Ghannam, and top Islamic Jihad leader Tareq Izz Din were amongst those killed.

Islamic Jihad leader Tareq Izz al-Din. (Photo: Supplied)

Various video footage showed the bodies of some of those killed being extracted from beneath rubbles of homes in the southern city of Rafah. Some of the bodies were mutilated as a result of the Israeli bombing.

Israeli media sources said that three top Islamic Jihad leaders were killed in the raid.

Areas targeted included Rafah and Khan Younis in southern Gaza, along with targets in Gaza City as well.

The Israeli military occupation radio reported that the Israeli army has shut down major roads near the fence separating Israel from besieged Gaza and that all train movement between Askalan (Ashkelon) and Sedrot has been shut down.

Al Quds Brigades leader Khalil ‘Abu Hadi’ al-Bahtini. (Photo: Supplied)

Far-right Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said in a statement that he congratulates Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the preemptive strike on Gaza. “This is a good start. It is time to change policies against the Gaza Strip,” Ben-Gvir said.

Meanwhile, all crossings between Gaza and Israel have been shut down as the Israeli military has decided to seal off Gaza until further notice.

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(The Palestine Chronicle)

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