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Official PA Daily glorifies martyrdom of father and son

“Twenty years have passed since the father Salman Qaddum died as a Martyr while participating in an operation (i.e., terror attack) carried out by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, which is affiliated with the Fatah Movement, and the National Resistance Brigades, which is affiliated with the Democratic Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] (DFLP), next to the settlement of Netzarim south of Gaza City. His son Yusuf Salman Qaddum joined him yesterday [Aug. 6, 2022] in an Israeli bombing (refers to Operation Breaking Dawn to weaken Islamic Jihad terror infrastructure; see note below -Ed.)…

[This was] a period of time that lasted from June 13, 2002 – when fighters armed with AK-47 rifles and hand grenades, including Martyr Salman Qaddum, infiltrated the settlement of Netzarim in an attempt to kidnap an Israeli soldier, but they all died as Martyrs – until Aug. 5, 2022, when the son Yusuf Salman Qaddum died as a Martyr…

One of those close to [Yusuf] said: ‘Throughout his entire life Yusuf remembered the heroic acts of his father the Martyr, and he always hoped to join him as a Martyr. He got what he wished for. He would speak a lot about the heroic operation that his father carried out together with four heroes of the Al-Aqsa [Martyrs’] Brigades and the National Resistance Brigades.’

 


Operation Breaking Dawn - Following the arrest of Islamic Jihad's West Bank commander Bassam Al-Sa'adi on Aug. 1, 2022, the terror organization planned to attack Israeli civilians living near the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli military intelligence. Israel was forced to put those civilians in total lockdown, closing all roads and cancelling buses and trains. After three days of lockdown, on Aug. 5 Israel began attacking the terror organization's infrastructure and killed two of its top leaders, northern Gaza commander Tayseer Jabari and southern Gaza commander Khaled Mansour. Islamic Jihad fired over 1,100 rockets and missiles at Israeli residential areas, with approximately 200 rockets falling short inside Gaza, killing at least 16 Palestinian residents including children. Hamas reported a total of 44 Palestinians killed during the operation, at least 15 of whom were members of terror organizations. Operation Breaking Dawn ended with a ceasefire under Egyptian mediation on Aug. 7, 2022.