In photos: Gaza buries its children as Israeli attacks intensify

20 November 2012

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Mourners gather around the bodies of the al-Dalu family during their funeral in Gaza City, 19 November.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)

Israeli attacks on Gaza killed 33 on the sixth day of an ongoing military campaign that has so far claimed 117 lives, according to the Ma’an News Agency. At least two dozen of the dead are children.

In the latest attack, four-year-old twin boys Suhaib and Muhammad were killed instantly when their home in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya was hit by an Israeli airstrike. Their parents Fuad Hijazi and Amna Hijazi died in hospital. Eighteen people were reported injured in the attack (“Family killed in new Israeli airstrike,” Ma’an News Agency).

No ceasefire has yet been reached as Israel continued to pound Gaza overnight Monday; three Israeli civilians were killed when a rocket fired from Gaza hit an apartment building in Kiryat Malachi last week, the only deaths in Israel.

Israel has amassed ground forces along its boundary with Gaza and has threatened to invade.

Israeli forces targeted buildings housing journalists both on Sunday and Monday; Islamic Jihad operative Ramiz Harb and 53-year-old civilian Salem Bulus Swelim were killed in today’s attack. Eight were injured yesterday when an Israeli missile hit another Gaza City building, including a cameraman whose leg was amputated; an Israeli spokesperson admitted that the military was aware that the building housed journalists.

On Sunday, 12 Palestinian civilians, including 10 members of the al-Dalu family, were killed in an Israeli strike that totally leveled a three-story home in Gaza City. The victims include four children; rescue crews searched for the remains of two eenagers from the al-Dalu family on Monday (“Israel ‘still investigation’ al-Dalou family killing,” Reuters).

Meanwhile in the West Bank, hundreds of injuries, several of them critical, have been reported as Israel violently represses protests against the Gaza attacks. Today 28-year-old Rushdi Tamimi died in a Ramallah hospital after he was shot by the Israeli army two days ago during a protest in the village of Nabi Saleh.

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A Palestinian policeman bids farewell to 28-year-old Palestinian Rushdi Tamimi, a fellow officer, who died at a Ramallah hospital two days after Israeli forces shot him during a Gaza solidarity protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, 19 November.

(Issam Rimawi / APA images)

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Palestinians carry the bodies of Jumana and Tamer Eseifan, both under the age of four, who were killed when an Israeli warplane fired a missile at an agricultural plot near their home in the Tal al-Zatar area of Jabaliya town, 18 November.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)

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A Palestinian man sits next to the body of his one-year-old son Iyad Abu Khoussa during the baby’s funeral in Bureij refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, 18 November. The child was killed when an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the fence of his family’s home; two other small children were wounded in the strike.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)

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Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, 19 November.

(Eyad Al Baba / APA images)

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Palestinians search through the debris of the destroyed home of the al-Dalu family following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, 18 November.

(Yasser Qudih / APA images)

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Palestinians rescuers carry out the body of Nawal Faraj Abdul Aal, 53, who was found under the ruins of her home which was destroyed when Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a nearby police station in the al-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City, 18 November.

(Anne Paq / ActiveStills)

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The daughters and mother of Nawal Faraj Abdul Aal, 53, mourn after the woman was asphyxiated under the rubble of her home. The home was destroyed when Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a nearby police station in the al-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City, 18 November.

(Anne Paq / ActiveStills)

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Al-Quds TV cameraman Khader al-Zahhar at the intensive care unit of al-Shifa hospital after he was seriously injured in an Israeli air strike on a media building.

(Anne Paq / ActiveStills)

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Smoke rises as an Israeli air strike hits a media center in Gaza, 18 November.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)

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A Palestinian firefighter tries to extinguish a fire after an Israeli air strike on a Gaza City building that houses media offices, 19 November.

(Yasser Qudih / APA images)

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Palestinians survey the remains of a destroyed a house after an Israeli air strike in al-Shojaiya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, 18 November.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)

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Palestinians survey the remains of a destroyed a house after Israeli air strike in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip, 18 November.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)

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A Palestinian inspects the damage to a football stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, 19 November.

(Ahmed Zakot / Reuters)

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Palestinian medics wheel a wounded boy on a stretcher to al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, 18 November.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)

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A Palestinian woman looks at her destroyed home following Israeli air strikes on the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, 18 November.

(Eyad Al Baba / APA images)

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Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike on a Palestinian house in al-Shojaya in the east of Gaza City, 18 November.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)

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Palestinians walk amongst the debris of destroyed homes following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, 19 November.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)

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Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, 19 November.

(Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)

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Israeli soldiers take part in a drill simulating a possible ground invasion into the Gaza Strip at a base south of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, 17 November.

(Amir Cohen / Reuters)

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An Israeli border policeman shoots a tear gas canister at Palestinian protesters during clashes outside Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 18 November. The clashes broke out following a protest against Israel’s military attacks on the Gaza Strip.

(Issam Rimawi / APA images)

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A Palestinian protester throws stones at Israeli soldiers at Huwwara checkpoint near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus during clashes following a protest against Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip, 18 November.

(Nedal Eshtayah / APA images)

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Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian protester at Huwwara checkpoint near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus during clashes following a protest against Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip, 18 November.

(Nedal Eshtayah / APA images)

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Abdallah Abu Rahmeh lies in the road after he was purposefully hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler (pictured) during a peaceful protest against Israel’s attacks on Gaza on Route 60 outside Ofra settlement, 19 November.

(Issam Rimawi / APA images)

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Bishop William Shomali leads a mass to pray for the children of Gaza in the Church of the Annunciation in the occupied West Bank city of Beit Jala, 18 November.

(Mamoun Wazwaz / APA images)

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A girl holds a candle next to a photo of three-year-old Ranan Yousef Arafat, who was killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, as Palestinians gathered in the West Bank city of Bethlehem’s Manger Square to mourn the victims of Israeli military strikes and to call for an end to the escalation of violence, 17 November.

(Ryan Rodrick Beiler / ActiveStills)