GAZA, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 (WAFA) – Four Palestinians were killed in new Israeli raids and missile strikes on Gaza on Wednesday morning, raising the death toll so far to 16 since Tuesday morning.
WAFA correspondent reported medics confirming that three Palestinians were killed and three others injured in new Israeli bombardment on al-Tuffah neighbourhood, east of Gaza city.
He added that another Israeli raid targeted a man riding his motorcycle in Zaytoun neighbourhood, south of Gaza city, killing him.
Israel has launched multiple airstrikes on the besieged coastal enclave following the targeted assassination Islamic Jihad leader Bahaa Abu al-Atta and his wife, Asmaa, on Tuesday morning.
Fourteen years following the Israeli “disengagement” from Gaza, Israel has not actually disengaged from Gaza; it still maintains control of its land borders, access to the sea and airspace.
Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.
Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.
Gaza remains occupied territory, having no control over its borders, territorial waters or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel upholds very few of its responsibilities as the occupying power, failing to provide for the basic needs of Palestinian civilians living in the territory.
Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee from lands inside what is now Israel. That government forbids them from exercising their right to return as enshrined in international law because they are not Jews.