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Rockets fired at al-Quds for first time as Israel keeps up strikes

A column of smokes rises into the sky as Israeli military aircraft launch a fresh round of airstrikes against targets in the northern part of the besieged Gaza Strip on May 12, 2023. (Photo by Palestinian Shehab news agency)

Israeli airstrikes have hit areas in the central and southern Gaza Strip, with no immediate reports of injuries.

Palestinian resistance fighters on Friday fired rockets towards al-Quds for the first time since Israel began its assassination of resistance commanders in the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday. 

Rocket sirens sounded in the town of Beit Shemesh and elsewhere in the hills outside al-Quds, ending a 12-hour lull in fighting.  

Israeli towns near the Gaza fence separating the besieged enclave from the occupied territories also came under renewed retaliatory rocket fire.

Shortly afterwards, Israel renewed airstrikes against the Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported in Friday's violence.

So far, 31 Palestinians, including six children and three women, have been killed in the Israeli attacks. 

The latest victim is 36-year-old Alian Atta Alian Abuwadi who succumbed to injuries he sustained in northern Gaza on Thursday. 

Earlier, a Palestinian man was killed in a drone strike in the northern sector of the besieged Gaza Strip. Palestinian official news agency Wafa, citing medical sources at Indonesian Hospital in Beit Lahia city, said the man was killed in the Ezbet Abd Roba neighborhood.

The development came only a few hours after the Palestinian resistance group Islamic Jihad announced the death of two of its military leaders in separate strikes carried out by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.

Ahmed Abu Daqqa, a senior commander of the al-Quds Brigades, the armed branch of the group, was assassinated near Khan Younis where four people were also wounded.

Earlier in the day, the Palestinian resistance group announced the death of Ali Ghali, the commander of its rocket launch unit.

The deaths of Ali Ghali and Ahmed Abu Daqqa brought to five the number of senior figures from the group killed since Israel began striking Gaza early on Tuesday. Two resistance fighters from a splinter group died in a separate strike on Thursday.

Gaza-based resistance groups have retaliated with salvos of rockets.

According to Hebrew media, one Israeli has been killed and nearly 60 others injured in rocket attacks carried out from the Gaza Strip in retaliation.  

Gazan boy dies after panic attack 

Meanwhile, a young Palestinian boy died of a panic attack after Israeli military aircraft pounded al-Remal neighborhood in the center of the Gaza Strip.

According to local sources, four-year-old Tamim Daoud went to bed on Monday night, eagerly awaiting his fifth birthday next month.

He was woken along with his family at 2 a.m. local time by the sound of Israeli strikes. 

“My son Tamim was sleeping when an Israeli airstrike targeted a residential building near our home,” Mohammed, the boy’s father, said. “He woke up frightened and terrified.”

The sound of the bombing was deafening. Windows had been shattered and the neighborhood was blasted apart. 

Deceased young Palestinian boy Tamim Daoud (Photo via Twitter)

Tamim wept heavily while his mother tried to soothe him back to sleep. According to his father, the boy grew short of breath, gasping desperately to take in air.

In the end, Tamim returned to sleep. But about five hours later, he began to struggle again. He experienced another panic attack.

“I rushed him to the hospital,” his father said. “But his heart stopped functioning on the way there.”

At the hospital, Tamim received medical treatment, but his heartbeat was very faint. “My son was admitted to the intensive care unit. The doctors told me that he died at dawn,” Mohammed noted.

“My little son’s heart could not bear the horror of the bombing,” the father said.

On Thursday, the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned "the barbaric military aggression" against the Gaza Strip, describing it as "a heinous crime and a flagrant violation of international law and humanitarian principles".

The organization held Israel fully responsible for the consequences of the escalation, saying its practices amounted to war crimes and constituted a threat to the security, peace, and stability of the region.

The OIC also called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities and intervene urgently to stop the ongoing Israeli acts of aggression, provide international protection for Palestinians, and compel Israel to respect its obligations under international law.

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