The family of suicide bomber Mohammad Faisal al-Saqsaq told Israel’s Ynet that the family was very happy when they heard it was Mohammad who blew himself up in a bakery in Eilat, killing three.
“We knew that he was waiting and praying for this moment. He always said, ‘If only I could be a shahid (martyr), if only I could carry out an attack.’ And here Allah gave him the privilege,” his brother Naim said.
Mohammad was actively involved in fighting in Jabalya and Beit Hanoun refugee camps in the Gaza Strip against Israeli troops. He was married and his only child died three weeks ago.
“He was waiting for this moment. The truth is that we knew that at some point he would be killed in a confrontation with the Israelis and would be a shahid. Because of this, we are happy that God gave him what he asked for.”
According to Naim, Mohammed was also sending a message to the Palestinian factions waging war against each other, hoping they’d divert their fighting and place their efforts on the “Zionist enemy.”
“He got his wish, and we got this honor. The people in the mourners’ tent in Beit Lahiya are praising us for this action that came at such a difficult and sensitive time for the Palestinians – a time in which Palestinian blood is being spilled.”