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Israeli Terrorist Death Squad Kills Two-Week-Old Baby Girl, Amira Abu 'Assr, Abduct her Father Together with Son of Assassinated Fighter, Yousuf Al-Sumairi

IOF troops murder infant girl, wound her mother in central Gaza

[ 05/03/2008 - 10:35 AM ] Murdered with an IOF bullet to the head


A Israeli occupation forces (IOF) death squad murdered a 20-day-old infant girl called Amira Abu 'Assr, wounded her mother and assassinated a leader affiliated with the Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, during their incursion into the Abu Al-Ajeen village to the east of Dair Al-Balah, central Gaza Strip.

Palestinian medical and local sources told the PIC reporter that the infant was shot in the head; whereas, her mother was seriously wounded and her father was kidnapped during their visit to the house of Yousuf Al-Sumairi, a prominent Islamic Jihad leader.

Eyewitnesses explained that Israeli special forces reinforced by a number of tanks and air cover invaded the villages of Al-Qarara and Abu Al-Ajeen and stormed the Yousuf Al-Sumairi's house amid intensive gunfire, adding that the IOF troops also kidnapped Yousuf Al-Sumairi's elder son and wounded a Palestinian citizen.

Later, medical sources in Al-Aqsa martyrs hospital stated that they received the body of Yousuf Al-Sumairi who was reportedly killed after escaping from his house.

For its part, the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, announced that its fighters fired a number of mortar shells at the invading IOF troops and an RPG shell at an Israeli military jeep in the villages, while its anti-aircraft units warded off the Israeli planes.

The Palestinian people in Gaza fear that these Israeli military operations would be a complement to the Israeli massacre committed east of the Jabalia town, northern Gaza Strip, which resulted in the death of 124 Palestinians including 40 children and 14 women, and the destruction of the invaded areas' infrastructure.

Infant, fighter killed in a brief Israeli military invasion into Khan Younis

Wednesday March 05, 2008 07:48 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Tuesday at night that one fighter and one infant were killed in an Israeli ground offensive in Al-Qarara town, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, reported that Yousuf Al-Sumairi, one of its leaders, was assassinated in the offensive.

 The Israeli terrorists also shot and killed one infant in the offensive. Medical sources in Khan Younis identified the infant as Amira Khaled Abu 'Assr, 2 weeks.

Medical sources stated that the infant was shot in her head and that her mother suffered serious injuries. Soldiers also shot and wounded the father of the child.

Local sources reported that the father of the infant and his family were visiting Yousuf Al-Sumairi when the Israeli terrorist army attacked the house.

Al-Quds Brigades reported that several residents were kidnapped by the army, including the son of Yousuf Al-Sumairi and some of his relatives.

The Brigades also stated that the body of Yousuf Al-Sumairi was found close to his home.

 Armed clashes erupted at the scene and eight residents, including three members of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fateh movement, were wounded.

Abu Ahmed, media spokesperson of the Al-Quds Brigades, stated that undercover forces of the Israeli army participated in the invasion.  The Brigades stated that its fighters fired an RPG shell at a military jeep in the area.

Israeli military sources confirmed the attack and said that at least 25 military vehicles briefly invaded the southern part of the Gaza Strip and soldiers exchanged fire with resistance fighters.

Also, the army stated that two fighters of the Islamic Jihad were kidnapped during the offensive.

On Tuesday morning, the Israeli occupation army shot and killed two Palestinians in Gaza city and the northern part of the Gaza Strip. One of the slain residents is a member of the Al-Qassam Brigades.

On Tuesday at dawn, one fighter of the Al-Qassam Brigades was killed by an Israeli missile fired by an Israeli war-jet in Al-Zaitoun neighborhood in Gaza City.

Baby girl, senior Islamic Jihad leader killed in Israeli incursion in southern Gaza

Date: 05 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:47
Gaza – Ma'an –

Israeli occupation forces killed a two-week-old baby girl in the southern Gaza Strip in an incursion that also killed a senior leader of Islamic Jihad on Tuesday evening.

Yousuf Al-Sumairi, a leader in Islamic Jihad's armed wing, Al-Quds Brigades, was found dead, his body riddled with bullets after Israeli occupation forces invaded the town of Al-Qarara, near the city of Khan Younis, sources in Islamic Jihad said.

The sources said Al-Sumairi appeared to have been shot at close range, suggesting a summary execution. Islamic Jihad called the killing "cold-blooded. Al-Sumairi was in his thirties.

Israeli occupation sources reaffirmed that such incursions will continue in the future.

Israeli occupation forces had earlier surrounded Al-Sumairi's home. Israeli tanks fired on the house killing a two-week-old baby girl named Amira Abu 'Assr, local Palestinian sources said. Clashes erupted in the area, leaving eight Palestinian civilians injured. Three fighters with the armed wing of Fateh, the Al-Aqsa Brigades, were also injured.

Ma'an's reporter said later that the Israeli occupation forces withdrew after kidnapping Al-Sumairi's son Mu'adh and the father of the killed baby girl who was visiting friends in the area.

Local sources stated that other members of the girl's family have been injured and they were evacuated to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Khan Younis.

The spokesperson of the Al-Quds Brigades, Abu Ahmed, said an undercover Israeli force (death squad) infiltrated in the area before the Israeli incursion.

Meanwhile, Al-Quds Brigades claimed responsibility for launching a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) at an Israeli occupation military jeep in the besieged area in Al-Qarara.

Khan Younis buries its dead

Date: 05 / 03 / 2008  Time:  13:27
Gaza – Ma’an –

Scores of Palestinians in Khan Younis and Gaza City took place in the funeral procession for Yousuf Al-Sumairi, a leader of Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigades, and Amira Abu 'Assr, a two-week-old baby girl. Both were killed when Israeli occupation forces invaded the town of Al-Qarara, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Tuesday evening.

Gunmen fired into the air in anger as they lead the procession, and mourners shouted slogans denouncing Israeli atrocities, especially the targeting of women and children, and called on Palestinian resistance fighters to retaliate.

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