UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The massacre perpetrated by the Israeli army against the Al-Swarka-Abu Malhous family (November 14) recalled a bloody history of massacres of Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip.
Al-Sawarka family joins 133 Palestinian families in Gaza targeted by Israeli forces since 2006, according to a report prepared by Anatolia correspondent, based on human rights sources.
Eight members of the Al-Sawarka family, 5 of them children, were killed in an Israeli air strike on their house at dawn on November 14 in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, during a two-day escalation following the assassination of the leader of Al-Quds Brigades, Bahaa Abu al-Ata… His house was bombed in the Shejaiya neighborhood of eastern Gaza.
– 133 family massacres –
An observation by the Anatolia correspondent of the history of the occupation forces targeting Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip – using a number of statistics and documents issued in this regard – shows that “Israel” targeted (133) Palestinian families in Gaza by air, land and sea shelling from 2006 until last week, 692 of the martyrs are left.
The period of three wars launched by “Israel” against Gaza in 2008, 2012 and 2014, the largest number of massacres against families.
During this period, 17 families from Gaza were exterminated by the martyrdom of ten martyrs or more of their children at once, which led to the removal of entire families from the Palestinian Civil Registry.
Eight Palestinian families have been repeatedly targeted by Israel over different time periods.
Gaza governorate has the largest share of massacres against Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip, where (38) families were subjected to massacres against them, followed by the northern Gaza governorate with (37) families, then Rafah (36) families, Fakhanions with (14) families. And finally the middle with (8) families.
– The most important massacres of families –
and the most famous massacres committed by the Israeli occupation forces against families in Gaza, was in the summer of 2006, when the Israeli navy battleships fired a number of shells towards the shore of the town of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, hit the family “Ghalia”, which was resting on the beach Al-Bahr (9), which led to the total annihilation except for the girl, “Huda”, which was taken by the cameras screaming on the loss of her father and her family.
In November of that same year, Israeli artillery opened fire at a residential neighborhood on the border, east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, leaving 19 martyrs from the Athamna family, half of them children.
Among the most prominent families who suffered massacres during the Israeli wars against Gaza: the family of “Samuni” from the neighborhood of Shujaiya, which lost (29) martyrs of their children at once in January 2009, as well as the family of “Abu Jama”, which lost (26) martyrs In Khan Younis, southern Gaza in 2014.
The Daya family of Gaza’s Zeitoun neighborhood lost 22 martyrs in January 2009, and the families of al-Najjar and Abu Jabr lost 20 martyrs in July 2014.
In the so-called “Black Friday” in Rafah, on August 1, during the 2014 war, more than 200 Palestinians were martyred by Israeli artillery shelling in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, where 23 families, three or more of their children, were killed during the shelling.
The Palestinians say they do not expect the targeting of Palestinian families to stop, in the absence of any accountability by the international community to Israel for what it is committing against the Palestinians.
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