Outrage over Israel killing a pregnant Palestinian woman with 2-year-old baby


Israel has killed a 39-year-old pregnant Palestinian woman with her two-year-old baby in Gaza on Sunday.

Image of her husband hugging his wife has gone viral on social media.

The Israeli military justified the killing of an innocent pregnant civilian with her baby by holding Hamas responsible for any act of aggression from the Gaza Strip.

Israel said its jets had hit two targets in the Gaza Strip after rockets were allegedly fired into southern Israel.

Elsewhere, West Bank officials also said a boy of 13 was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes near an illegal Jewish settlement.

According to various news agencies reports, at least 24 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed in violence so far this month.

The rise in latest violence is alleged Israeli provocation  at Al-Aqsa mosque, sacred to Muslims in the world.  

The holy site in East Jerusalem is also sacred to both Jews.

Palestinians fear Israel plans to change arrangements at the al-Aqsa mosque/Temple Mount compound, where Jews are allowed to visit but not allowed to pray – something Israel insists it will continue.

Meanwhile AFP reports of a stabbing attack against Israelis close to a kibbutz in northern Israel.

A spokesman for Hamas, which controls Gaza, said ‘this shows the occupation’s desire to escalate.’

“We warn the occupation against continuing this foolishness,” it quoted Sami Abu Zuhri as saying.

In the West Bank, where Israelis have been expanding illegal settlements by usurping by native Palestinians’ lands, many Palestinians were reported to have been shot and injured in a number of confrontations.

Later in the day, an Israeli Arab drove his car at a group of people near the northern Israeli town of Hadera, then stabbed four of them, police was quited by BBC.

One, a 19-year-old female soldier, is reported to be seriously injured.

As she walked toward police officers, there was an explosion in the vehicle.
The Shin Bet internal security agency said she tried to ignite a gas cylinder using flammable materials.

US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed “deep concern” over the situation. He called Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before “stressing the importance of upholding the status quo in word and deed” at the site.

The latest violence has promoted Hamas, which dominates Gaza, to talk about a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising.