Gaza bombing: Toll rises to 10, 5-year-old girl among killed by Israel

Alaa is the 19th Palestinian child killed by Israeli forces in 2022, according to documentation collected by DCIP.

On Friday, Israel launched missiles throughout the besieged Palestinian enclave, killing 10 people, including a five-year-old girl, a 23-year-old woman, as well as Taysir al-Jabari, a commander of Islamic Jihad’s military wing.

The attack on Gaza on Friday was weeks in the making, a deliberate act to gain legitimacy with its public, say Palestinian observers, as Israel braces for new elections in November.

The Israeli army said it was targeting the Islamic Jihad in the operation dubbed “Breaking Dawn”.

Taiseer al-Jabari, the Islamic Jihad northern division leader, was killed in airstrikes that hit multiple locations in Gaza.

At least 55 people were wounded, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

The attacks hit three different areas: Khan Yunis in the south of the strip, Shujaiya in the north, and a residential building in central Gaza.

Alaa Abdullah Riyad Qaddoum, 5, was killed around 4:30 p.m. on August 5 by an Israeli airstrike in the Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine. Alaa’s six-year-old brother, Riyad, and father, Abdullah, were injured in the same attack.

Alaa was killed instantly and sustained injuries to her forehead, chest, and right leg from shrapnel, according to a doctor at Al-Shifa hospital.

Alaa is the 19th Palestinian child killed by Israeli forces in 2022, according to documentation collected by DCIP.

In a statement, the Islamic Jihad said: “The enemy has begun a war targeting our people, and we all have the duty to defend ourselves and our people, and not allow the enemy to get away with its actions which are aimed at undermining the resistance and national steadfastness.”

Islamic Jihad group said it fired more than 100 rockets into Israel in retaliation for the air raids.

The violence raised fears of another war on Gaza by Israel, just 15 months after a month-long Israeli violence that killed more than 260 people.

Fawzi Barhoum, the spokesperson for Hamas, said the resistance factions in Gaza are united and ready to respond with “full force”.

The UN issued a statement, saying that there is “no justification” for attacks against civilians.

“I am deeply concerned by the ongoing escalation between Palestinian militants and Israel, including the targeted killing today of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader inside Gaza,” Tor Wennesland, the UN’s special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, said in a statement on Friday afternoon.

“The continuing escalation is very dangerous,” Wennesland said.