Smoke rises over Gaza City after an Israeli air strike, 15 November.(Majdi Fathi / APA images)
An Israeli fighter jet fired a missile at a car carrying top Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jabari and his bodyguard in Gaza City yesterday afternoon, killing them both and breaking an effective ceasefire with armed groups in Gaza.
Israeli forces have since subjected Gaza to aerial bombardment and the government has authorized an invasion of ground forces, threatening a repeat of its devastating attack on Gaza four years ago, codenamed Operation Cast Lead. According to a statement issued by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights earlier today (more casualties have been reported since its release), 13 Palestinians including four civilians — two children, a woman and an elderly man — have been killed and 116 others wounded since yesterday afternoon (“New Israeli military escalation against the Gaza Strip”).
The large-scale military attack on Gaza comes after weeks of increased air strikes, extrajudicial executions and shooting on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, to which Palestinian groups have responded with crude rocket fire and an attack on an Israeli army jeep.
Three Israelis in Kiryat Malachi were killed today by a rocket fired from Gaza which hit an apartment building; the armed wing of Hamas claimed responsibility. Meanwhile, news sources reported that two rockets hit Tel Aviv, causing no casualties (“Conflict intensifies as rockets hit Tel Aviv”).
Palestinian firefighters extinguish the car of Ahmad al-Jabari, head of the military wing of the Hamas movement, after it was hit in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, 14 November.(Ashraf Amra / APA images)
BBC Arabic picture editor Jihad Masharawi and his wife Ahlam mourn during the funeral of their 11-month-old baby boy Omar, who was killed the previous day when an Israeli missile hit their Gaza City home, 15 November.(Majdi Fathi / APA images)
Thirteen-year-old Ahmad Abu Daqqa is mourned during his funeral in Abbassan al-Kabira, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, 9 November. The boy was shot in his stomach by an Israeli soldier while playing football outside his home.(Anne Paq / ActiveStills)
Mourners carry the body of a fighter killed in an Israeli airstrike during his funeral in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis, 28 October.(Khaled Omar / Xinhua/Zumapress)
Smoke trails from rockets launched by Palestinian fighters in Gaza towards Israel are seen over Gaza City, 15 November.(Momen Faiz / APA images)
A destroyed kitchen inside a Kiryat Malachi house where three Israelis were killed when it was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza, 15 November. It was the first fatal rocket fired from Gaza so far this year.(Oren Ziv / ActiveStills)
Israeli soldiers display a military order to a cameraman in southern Israel to prevent him from filming Gaza, 15 November.(Oren Ziv / ActiveStills)
A doctor at Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital uses the light of his mobile phone to check the vital signs of critically-injured Haneen Tafish, a one-year-old from the al-Zeitoun neighborhood on 15 November, the second day of a massive Israeli attack on Gaza.(Anne Paq / ActiveStills)
Ahmad Darwish, a 23-year-old from the al-Zeitoun area of Gaza City, suffers from critical head trauma at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, 15 November.(Anne Paq / ActiveStills)
A Palestinian medic treats a wounded boy at Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital following an Israeli airstrike, 14 November.(Majdi Fathi / APA images)
A Palestinian man carries his wounded daughter into a hospital following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, 14 November.(Wissam Nassar / Xinhua/Zumapress)
A Palestinian looks at the shrapnel-riddled ceiling of a house that was damaged during an Israeli air strike on Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp, 13 November.(Majdi Fathi / APA images)
Palestinians inspect their damaged neighborhood after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, 15 November.(Ashraf Amra / APA images)
A man looks at an exploded Qassam rocket fired from Gaza Strip in an open area near Kibubutz Nir Am in southern Israel, 11 November.(Jini / Xinhua/Zumapress)
Palestinian activists confront Israeli soldiers as they block a road leading to Huwwara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus during a protest of Israel’s military attacks on Gaza, 15 November.(Nedal Eshtayah / APA images)
Palestinian women break into an Israeli military camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah in protest of Israel’s military attacks on Gaza, 15 November. Several of the women were arrested.(Issam Rimawi / APA images)
Palestinian Hamas supporters in the West Bank city of Hebron march in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, 15 November.(Mamoun Wazwazi / APA images)
Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah protest Israel’s military attacks on Gaza, 14 November.(Fadi Arouri / Xinhua/Zumapress)
Activists hold candles during a vigil in solidarity with Gaza near the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 14 November.(Luay Sababa / Xinhua/Zumapress)