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Family rescued from rubble of Gaza home
Published Saturday 17/11/2012 (updated) 20/11/2012 14:24
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Thirty people were rescued from the rubble of the Abu Salah home in
Jabalia, northern Gaza. (MaanImages/MaanTV)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- When Israeli warplanes pulverized the home of a Hamas leader in Gaza at dawn on Saturday, onlookers could not imagine that any of his family would survive.

Witnesses said F-16 aircraft leveled the two-story home of Suliman Salah in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip in the early hours.

Neighbors feared the 22-member family would be buried alive. Omer Abu al-Qumsan, who lives next-door, said he woke to a huge explosion and saw that all remained of the house was a pile of rubble.

When TV crews arrived an hour later, civil defense crews had extricated one woman from the wreckage. Over the next hours 30 people were rescued from the site, wounded, but alive.

One member of the family, who escaped with light head wounds, said the whole family was asleep when the missiles struck.

"One minute I was sleeping, the next I found myself in hospital," he said.

Another neighbor of the Abu Salah family, Abdel Karim Mattar, said the targeting showed Israel targets densely populated areas, not just open spaces.

Mattar, whose home was also partially destroyed, blamed Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu for launching the large-scale aerial assault on Gaza to increase his election prospects amongst Israeli voters.

"The ink of Israeli elections is Palestinian blood," Mattar said.




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1 ) shirley / australia
18/11/2012 12:20
this is not about re election he has already secured that it isa about thwarting palestinE UNGA bid as is niave to say about elections and pals should not fall for this getting Isrealis killed does not sit well for elections and all Isreal have known that Hamas has rebuilt security and well known an army in GAZA and rocket capacity more capable and that GAZA was fully emerging after 2008 war it is no suprise pals could resist at least for awhile if Isreal provoked awar
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