August 28, 2019: Wael Mousa Khalifa, 45, was one of three Palestinian officers who were killed in a bombing which was carried out by two suicide bombers in Gaza.
The Interior and National Security Ministry in the Gaza Strip identified the officers as:
Lieutenant Salama Majed Nadim, 32.
Lieutenant Wael Mousa Khalifa, 45.
Deputy Officer Ala’ Ziad al-Gharabily.
It said that the three were with the local traffic and rescue police forces, and added that three others were injured.
The Spokesperson of the Interior Ministry in Gaza, Eyad el-Bozom, said the bombings were carried out by two suicide bombers, southwest of Gaza city, on Tuesday at night.
He said that two suicide bombers attacked two police checkpoints.
Two days after the attacks, Mousa Abu Marzouq, a member of the political bureau of Hamas, stated that the security forces of the Interior Ministry in Gaza arrested ten persons who are believed to be members of the cell that carried out the two bombings.
For his part, Eyad el-Bozom, the spokesperson of Gaza’s Interior Ministry, stated on Wednesday evening that the investigations are advancing and that the identity of those behind the bombing have been ascertained.
“Those behind these cowardice attacks are serving Israel’s interests,” he said, “They are trying to destabilize the Gaza Strip.”
El-Bozom also stated that the Interior Ministry will release more details of the bombing once all investigations are concluded.
In related news, the Higher Follow-Up Committee of National and Islamic Factions in Gaza, held a meeting to discuss the bombings and the current situation in the Gaza Strip.
It held Israel and its collaborators responsible for the attacks, and called on the security forces in Gaza to act fast and protect the internal front in the coastal region, especially since Israel is the first beneficiary of internal tension and instability.
Wael was a Palestinian police officer from Gaza city. Source: IMEMC
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