Friday, November 15, 2019

  • Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Elder of Ziyon

I count 35 people killed in the recent fighting in Gaza from Monday through Wednesday. (The Gaza health ministry counts 34, but I have reports of another killed the first day, Mohammed Shakal, not on that list.)

I count 14 who were members of Islamic Jihad Al Quds Brigades, 2 members of the Popular Resistance Committees Nasser Brigades and 3 from Fatah's Al Aqsa Brigades (Update: 1 from Hamas.)

There were 4 human shields - people killed when legitimate targets purposefully stayed near them. 2 of them were brothers of a Hamas terrorist hit in their father's carpenter shop.

One bystander was killed when Israel targeted three Fatah members. The fourth was Al Ata's wife.

In one incident where the IDF bombed a motorcycle I don't have enough information to know what the IDF was targeting. A father and two sons of the Ayyad family were killed. I have suspicions about the older son, Islam Raafat Mohamed Ayyad, 24, an imam who may have been a terrorist based on his funeral shroud showing the Al Aqsa Brigades logo, but that is not conclusive evidence this time - even children were wrapped in various terror flags.

The most infamous incident of the week's conflict was the bombing of the Al Sawarka (Abu Malhous) houses in Deir al Balah, killing eight members of the family. After a day of conflicting reports, the IDF admitted that it thought the house was empty and that it was used for terrorist infrastructure.

Under international law's principle of distinction, a military commander can make his best judgment based on the information available to him at the time as to whether a target is legitimate or not. He doesn't have the luxury of too much time; if he is fed normally-accurate intelligence that the target is empty and used for military purposes, it is enough. This was a true tragedy but it is not a violation of the laws of armed conflict.

Here is the entire list that I put together of the fatalities and circumstances.

Name Affiliation
Bahaa Salim Hassan Abu Al-Atta (42 years) PIJ head
Asmaa Mohamed Hassan Abu Al-Atta (39 years) Human Shield - wife
Mohammed Attia Musleh Hamouda (20 years) PIJ, killed on motorcycle
Zaki Adnan Mohammed Ghanama (25 years) PIJ
Ibrahim Ahmed Abdullatif Al-Dabous (26 years) PIJ
Abdullah Awad Saqib Al-Bilbisi (26 years) ) PIJ
Abdul Salam Ramadan Ahmed Ahmed (28 years) PIJ
Rani Fayez Rajab Abi Al Nasr (35 years) Fatah
Jihad Ayman Ahmed Abu Khater (22 years Fatah
Wael Abdul Aziz Abdul Nabi "Abu Abed"43 Fatah
Mohammed Salah Hassan Abu Shakal (31 years) Human Shield - killed with Fatah members
Alaa Jaber Ishtawai PIJ
Khaled Moawad Farraj, 39 PIJ commander
Ibrahim Ayman Fathy Abdel Aal, 17 Human shield - killed when IDF attacked their Hamas brother
 Ismail Ayman Fathy Abdel Aal, 16 Human shield - killed when IDF attacked their Hamas brother
Ahmed Ayman Fathi Abdel-Aal, 23 Hamas terrorist
Raafat Mohamed Salman Ayad, 54 Apparent mistake, father on motorcycle
Islam Raafat Mohamed Ayyad , 24 Apparent mistake, son on motorcycle
Amir Raafat Mohamed Ayyad , 7 Apparent mistake, son on motorcycle
Suhail Khedr Khalil Quneitah, 23 PIJ
Mohamed Daham Mahmoud Huthot, 19 PIJ
Mo'men Mohamed Salman Qaddoum PIJ
Mohammed Hassan Mohammed Muammar  PRC
Ahmed Hassan Yousef al-Kurdi PRC
Muhammed Abdullah Suleiman Shurrab (28 years PIJ
Haitham Hafez Mohammed al-Bakri" (22 years) PIJ
Yousef Rizk Khalil Abu Kamil" (35 years) PIJ
Rasmi Salem Odeh Al-Swarka 45 years old IDF mistake
Muath Mohammed Salem Al-Sawarkah 7 years IDF mistake
Muhannad Rasmi Salem Al-Swarka 12 years old IDF mistake
Wasim Mohammed Salem Al-Swarka, 13 years old IDF mistake
Yousra Mohammed Awwad Al-Swarka, 39 years old IDF mistake
Maryam Salem Nasser Al-Swarka 45 years ol IDF mistake
Salem Rasmi Al Swarka, 2 years old. IDF mistake
Firas Rasmi Al Swarka, one-year-old. IDF mistake

UPDATE: The IDF estimates eliminating 25 terrorists. It is possible that some of the dead are not yet reported in Arab media; that happens every time.

I just found one, a Hamas member.

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