Two young Palestinian men killed as israeli jets hit northern Gaza Strip

At least two Palestinian men have lost their lives when an Israeli fighter jet launched an airstrike against an area in the northern part of the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime continues with its acts of aggression against the impoverished coastal sliver.

The spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said in a statement that 26-year-old Ayman Nafed Rabie al-Najjar and Muhannad Majed Jamal Hamuda, 24, died at Rumah Sakit Indonesia Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip city of Jabalia, located 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) north of Gaza City, early on Sunday.

The Israeli aerial assault had targeted a group of youths east of Jabalia.

The left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and its armed wing, the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, condemned the airstrike, saying the two were killed in line of duty.

The development came only a day after 17-year-old Mumen Fathi al-Hims died hours after being shot by Israeli military forces during clashes between a group of Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Hims had been shot and wounded during “The Great March of Return” protests in al-Awdah refugee camp east of the border city of Rafah, located 30 kilometers south of Gaza City, on Friday afternoon.

Nearly 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces ever since anti-occupation protest rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30.

A total of 14,811 Palestinians have also sustained injuries, of whom 366 are reportedly in critical condition.

The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.

On June 13, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution, sponsored by Turkey and Algeria, condemning Israel for Palestinian civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip.

The resolution, which had been put forward on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries, garnered a strong majority of 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8 votes against and 45 abstentions.

Palestinian mourners carry the body of 17-year-old Palestinian Mumen Fathi al-Hims during his funeral in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip on July 28, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The resolution called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to make proposals within 60 days “on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection, and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation,” including “recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”

It also called for “immediate steps towards ending the closure and the restrictions imposed by Israel on movement and access into and out of the Gaza Strip.”

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