Over the weekend, tragedy struck in Deir al-Balah as a senior commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Issam Khattab, widely known as "Abu Mazen," was killed alongside 13 members of his family in an Israeli airstrike on their property. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a coalition of Palestinian militant groups, confirmed the devastating loss, describing Abu Mazen as one of their most prominent leaders.
According to reports from the scene, the airstrike targeted Abu Mazen's family home, resulting in the fatalities of not only the senior commander but also numerous family members. The strike has intensified tensions in the region, further exacerbating the already volatile situation.
The airstrike in Deir al-Balah has sparked widespread condemnation and raised concerns about civilian casualties. CNN reported on Sunday that at least 14 Palestinians lost their lives in the series of airstrikes, including two children and four women. Many others were injured, according to a doctor at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.
The loss of Abu Mazen and his family members has sent shockwaves through the community, with many mourning the deaths and calling for justice. Protests erupted in various parts of the Palestinian territories following the news, as demonstrators expressed anger and frustration over the ongoing violence and loss of life.
Israeli authorities have not yet commented on the specific airstrike targeting Abu Mazen and his family.