At least eleven Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza last weekend were members of the military wing of the terrorist groups.
Eight of the dead were members of the Al Quds Brigade, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The website of the Al Quds Brigade published the names of eight of those killed in the Israeli attacks. While the Brigade Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas, released a statement saying that three of their members were dead.
The IDF estimates that more than 600 rockets were fired by Hamas into southern Israel last weekeng. Approximately 400 have fallen on uninhabited ground, while the rest managed to reach Israeli cities and towns. The Iron Dome air defense system was able to intercept 86 percent of the ones that reached populated areas.
The IDF has retaliated throughout the conflict by hitting 320 targets in the Gaza Strip. 4 Israelis have died in the conflict, and dozens of people have received medical attention for shrapnel wounds, contusions, and anxiety.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza, controlled by Hamas, said that 29 Palestinians were killed in the attacks, including a 14-month-old Palestinian baby, identified as Saba Mahmoud Hamdan Abu Arar and her mother, 37-year-old Falastin Saleh Abu Arar, died as a result of an Israeli air strike.
The IDF spokesman, Avichai Adraee, refuted this claim by saying, the deaths were caused by a failed rocket launch, “there are more and more indications reaching us from the Gaza Strip that put serious doubt on the truth of the statement from Hamas’s health ministry about the death of the baby Saba Mahmoud Hamdan Abu Arar and her mother Falastin Saleh Abu Ara.”
“According to these indications, the death was caused by terrorist activities by Palestinian militants and not by an Israeli strike,” he said
Adraee also noted that most of the rockets were launched in populated areas as a means to use the people as a human shield.
An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement between Israel and the terrorist factions of Gaza has come into effect this yesterday morning (local time).