Mother of Five Palestinians Killed by Israel Dies in Egypt

Um Ridwan Sheikh Khalil from Rafah,(Photo:

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Fatmah Aljazzar, also known as Um Ridwan Sheikh Khalil, from Rafah, died yesterday at an Egyptian hospital after she was transferred there for treatment.

Five of Um Ridwan’s sons, three of her grandsons, and two of her sons-in-law were killed by Israel from 1991-2011.

Her son Ashraf was killed during shooting near the Lebanon border in 1991, her son Sharaf was killed in 1992 during a military clash near Nahr Albarid refugee camp in Lebanon, her son Mahmoud was assassinated by Israel in 2004 in Gaza, her son Mohammed was killed in a similar assassination operation in 2005 in Gaza, and her son Ahmed was assassinated by Israel in 2011 as well.

The Palestinian mother also lost three of her grandsons, Raed Ghannam and Rami Issa Alsheikh Khalil in 2004 during an Israeli incursion, while her third grandson, Khalid Fuad Ghannam was killed in 2007 in an Israeli bombing. Her sons-in-law, Khalid Hamid and Zyad Shakir Ghannam were both killed in a separate Israeli bombing in 2007.

The closure of Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt makes it difficult for even the bodies of dead Palestinians to cross. The Egyptian authorities open the crossing sporadically to allow the passage of dead Palestinians from Gaza who have died on Egyptian soil – most as patients at Egyptian hospitals.

(Palestine Chronicle)

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