Pregnant Woman and her 2-year old Child Killed in Israeli Bombardment, Four Family Members Injured

Gaza, Occupied Territories (IMEMC) – A Palestinian mother who was five months pregnant was killed along with her child, on Sunday at dawn, while at least four other family members were injured, after the Israeli Air Force bombarded the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City.

Still image taken from video of family being loaded onto ambulance (video from Facebook)
Still image taken from video of family being loaded onto ambulance (video from Facebook)

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said the woman, Nour Rasmi Hassan, 30, and her two-year old child, Rahaf, were killed in the Israeli Air Strike.

The Ministry added that after locating the body of the slain woman, medics and rescue teams started searching among the rubble and located the body of her child.

The WAFA News Agency said an Israeli F-16 fighter jet fired two missiles close to the family home, southeast of Gaza City, causing damage to several homes and killing the woman.

The Air Force also struck another location west of Gaza City, causing fires and excessive damage.

The Israeli army alleges that a shell was fired from Gaza Saturday night, towards an Israeli settlement close to the Gaza Strip, causing no damage or injuries.

Israel said sirens were sounded in settlements close to Gaza, and on the Asqalan Coast, followed by the sound of explosions. The military then reported that their explosive experts started a search for the alleged shells. But no damage was reported from the alleged rocket fire.

This report was prepared by IMEMC. 

Note from The Fifth Column: We would like to salute IMEMC’s efforts and their ability to continue operations even after Israeli forces broke into their building and ransacked their facilities. IMEMC’s facilities were searched about 4AM local time on October 10th. Surveillance video of Israeli forces smashing down the door is available here. This is not the way journalists should be treated in a free society. 

Trocaire, Flickr, Creative Commons Trocaire 561 copy Nocr Abu Shabab (11) from Palestine/Dublin looking at some of the 552 white ribbons hanging from the railings of Dublin's Merrion Square, One to commemorate each child who was killed during last Summers conflict in Gaza and Israel. The Ribbons were placed on the railings by Trocaire and Oxfam Ireland to mark the one year anniversary of the conflict beginning. The agencies warned that a lack of reconstruction and political progress in the year since the conflict has worsened the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, with approximately 100,000 people still homeless as a result of the conflict. Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

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Nocr Abu Shabab (11) from Palestine/Dublin looking at some of the 552 white ribbons hanging from the railings of Dublin’s Merrion Square, One to commemorate each child who was killed during last Summers conflict in Gaza and Israel. The Ribbons were placed on the railings by Trocaire and Oxfam Ireland to mark the one year anniversary of the conflict beginning. The agencies warned that a lack of reconstruction and political progress in the year since the conflict has worsened the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, with approximately 100,000 people still homeless as a result of the conflict. Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland