On May 21, the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, revealed that 19 of its fighters and commanders were killed in the recent battle in the Gaza Strip.
The battle started on May 10 when Palestinian factions fired a barrage of rockets from Gaza at Jerusalem in response to Israeli plans to forcible evict a number of Arab families from the Sheik Jarrah neighborhood in the city. The heated battle came to an end on May 21.
In a statement, the al-Quds Brigades acknowledged that 15 of its fighters were killed in the battle, along with the four following
- Sameh al-Mamlouk, Commander of the rocket unit in the northern region
- Muhammad Abu al-Ata, a field commander in the rocket unit of the Gaza Brigade
- Kamal Quraiq, a field commander in the rocket unit of the Gaza Brigade
- Hussam Abu Harbid: Commander of the Northern Brigade.
19 Fighters, Commanders Of Al-Quds Brigades Killed In Gaza Battle
An official poster by the al-Quds Brigades commemorating the fallen commanders and fighters.
Al-Mamlouk, Abu al-Ata and Quraiq were killed together in an Israeli strike that targeted their hideout on May 11, while Harbid was killed in a strike on his house on May 17.
Israel claims that dozens of Palestinian fighters were killed in its strikes on Gaza. Nevertheless, the numbers revealed by the al-Quds Brigades indicate the final death toll may be not as high as promoted by Tel Aviv.
The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas Movement and the largest of Gaza’s factions, is yet to reveal its losses.