Monday, 12 October 2015

'She kept screaming' says father of 2-year-old killed in airstrike

A doll and a few toys were the only belongings left by two-year-old Rahaf Hassan when she was killed along with her 25-year-old pregnant mother in an Israeli airstrike in southern Gaza City on Sunday. Shortly before the attack, Rahaf and her mother had been safe in their family home, which lies among olive groves in an agricultural area, seemingly far from any military presence.

Israel claims that the house lay close to a military base used by Palestinian resistance fighters, justifying a missile fired by an M16 Israeli fighter jet that in the early hours of Sunday brought the house crashing down.

The family was trapped among the rubble, Rahaf's father, Yahya, told Ma'an, and his two-year-old daughter screamed for him in the hope he would hurry to pull her out. He listened to her helplessly, himself buried beneath the rubble together with his son.

Rahaf kept screaming, he said, with her voice gradually dying away until she died.

When Yahya realized that Rahaf had stopped screaming, he himself began to cry for help.

"I am here, help me! I can hear my son screaming, but I can't hear Rahaf anymore -- don’t forget her!" he shouted.

Yahya's cousin Husam told Ma'an that the nearby building Israel's warplanes targeted had "nothing to do with any military group."

"What guilt has two-year-old Rahaf? Has she or her pregnant mother been launching missiles at Israel?"

The Israeli army said in a statement Sunday that the airstrikes targeted "two Hamas weapon manufacturing facilities in the northern Gaza Strip."

The statement made no mention of any deaths or damage to civilian homes. more

2 Israelis injured in 3rd Jerusalem stabbing, another Palestinian shot dead

Two Israelis were seriously injured in a third reported stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Monday, with one Palestinian suspect shot dead at the scene and another wounded, Israeli police said.

The stabbing attack took place near the illegal Pisgat Zeev settlement in East Jerusalem, with Israeli police reporting that two Israeli were seriously injured and the Palestinian suspect shot and killed.

A second suspect was shot and injured, police added.

Israeli media reported that one of the Israeli victims, a 13-year-old teenager, was critically wounded in the attack, while another 25-year-old sustained serious injuries.

The incident was the third alleged stabbing attack on Monday. more

Palestinian shot, killed in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces on Monday shot and killed a Palestinian man in East Jerusalem after an alleged stabbing attempt, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the unidentified suspect pulled out a knife at officers and was shot dead at the scene.

The incident occurred near Lion's Gate, with the area closed off afterwards.

Israeli media reported that border police asked a Palestinian man to take his hands out of his pockets after becoming suspicious, at which point the suspect attempted to attack the officer.

Palestinian witnesses told Ma'an that there was no attempted stabbing at the time, and the man was shot dead as he was walking in the area.

The latest death brings the total number of Palestinians killed to 25 since the beginning of October.

On Sunday, Israeli forces shot dead a 13-year-old boy during clashes south of al-Bireh in Ramallah district, medics said. more