PCOM October 11, 2023

Operation Al-Aqsa Flood “Taufan” Daily Report (3)

Destruction of 8 Mosques in Gaza Strip Due to the Brutal Occupation Bombardment

A high-ranking government official in the Gaza Strip condemned the direct targeting and complete destruction of mosques by the occupying Israeli forces. Abdul Hadi Al-Agha, Deputy Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs in Gaza, explained that the occupation is destroying mosques, disregarding all divine laws, as part of its policies that defy international norms and laws. He added, “The occupation does not care about any violations of humanity, and it targeted 18 mosques in the Gaza Strip, including 8 mosques that were completely demolished and 10 partially destroyed.” Al-Agha emphasized that this behaviour by the occupation is part of a series of crimes against the Palestinian people, and it is a forbidden act according to all divine laws. He pointed out that various international declarations related to international law and international agreements all stipulate the necessity of protecting places of worship. However, this occupation knows no boundaries or red lines; it commits all kinds of crimes. It is time for this enemy to reconsider and realize that our people will not accept being exposed to harm, as they have resisted since the beginning, and it must understand that this phase has come to an end, and today it must pay the price for these crimes.

Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Result in the Martyrdom of 510 Individuals, Including 91 Children

On Monday, the Israeli occupation conducted a series of intense airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, deliberately targeting civilian residences and multiple mosques. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the Israeli brutal aggression on Gaza resulted in the martyrdom of 436 individuals, including 91 children and 61 women. Additionally, 2,751 people were wounded, including 244 children and 151 women. Earlier, the Israeli occupation forces launched merciless and indiscriminate airstrikes on Gaza, employing thermobaric weapons and, notably, phosphorus bombs, which are prohibited under international law. In the meantime, Israeli media disclosed that a total of 1,000 tons of explosives have been deployed in Gaza up to this point. The number of displaced Palestinian civilians has risen to more than 123,000 as a result of the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, in which Israeli airstrikes have destroyed 159 housing units across Gaza and severely damaged 1,210 others, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Additionally, as reported by GLZ Radio, the security minister of the occupation, Yoav Gallant, has given instructions to cut off electricity, water, and food to Gaza. Gallant’s remarks exposed a harsh stance, as he referred to the Palestinians in Gaza as “human animals” and suggested that they would be treated accordingly. The Ministry of Health in Gaza mentioned that the closure of the border crossings, blocking the access of medical resources, and halting of the power station’s operations foreshadow a looming disaster of humanitarian, health, and environmental proportions.

Deliberate Erasure of Entire Palestinian Families by Israel

The Israeli occupation forces carried out a brutal massacre in Rafah, Gaza Strip, on Monday morning, targeting residential buildings and ruthlessly killing an entire family in the southern part of the Strip. The extensive shelling by the occupation resulted in a significant number of casualties, including both martyrs and wounded individuals. Airstrikes continued in the northeastern and northwestern regions of the Gaza Strip, presenting substantial challenges for civil defence teams tasked with rescuing injured individuals trapped beneath the rubble of targeted homes and structures. Further, throughout the night, Israeli occupation warplanes launched violent and indiscriminate airstrikes on various areas of the Gaza Strip, including residential homes, mosques, and public institutions. Additionally, the Israeli occupation forces conducted aggressive airstrikes on a residence in Beit Lahia, as well as in the Karama area and the al-Tuffah neighbourhood east of Gaza City. Another series of airstrikes targeted a house in the Musabah area in Rafah, with another strike affecting the Sheikh Ahmad Yassin Mosque in the al-Shati’ refugee camp west of Gaza, resulting in damage to nearby residences. The family home of martyr Ibrahim Hamdan in the Tel al-Zaatar district of the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza was also subjected to an attack, causing damage to several adjacent houses and leaving the fate of its inhabitants uncertain. Furthermore, first responders managed to evacuate multiple casualties and martyrs from the Shati refugee camp after the targeting of the Sheikh Ahmed Yassin Mosque, while another group of injured individuals and martyrs were evacuated following the airstrike on a house in Tel al-Zaatar. Airstrikes continue in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, making it impossible for ambulance teams to reach the targeted areas. Additionally, several main roads have been destroyed as a result of Israeli bombardment. in the Jabalia refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Israeli occupation warplanes committed a heinous massacre claiming the lives of more than 50 Palestinian civilians in cold blood.

Israeli Media Reports Over 1,000 Dead and 150 Captives with Hamas

According to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, recent estimates indicate that the Israeli death toll has reached 1,000. Additionally, the Palestinian Resistance in Gaza has reportedly captured more than 150 prisoners. The newspaper highlighted that among the killed were 73 soldiers, including five from the elite Golani Brigade, as well as several high-ranking military commanders. This includes Colonel Roi Levy, Colonel Jonathan Steinberg (who served as the commander of the Nahal Brigade), the commander of the communications battalion, the deputy commander of the Maglan unit, a company commander, a platoon commander in the Home Front Command, the commander of the 481st Computer Battalion, and a crew commander in the Duvdovan unit.

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