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Israeli shelling on Khan Younis kills 4
Body found in rubble of al-Dalou family home
Published Thursday 22/11/2012 (updated) 24/11/2012 09:58
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Mourners pray next to the bodies of members of the al-Dalou family
during their funeral at a mosque in Gaza City, Nov. 19.
(Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Civil defense crews on Thursday retrieved the body of a 29-year-old man from the rubble of the al-Dalou family home in Gaza City.

Family members identified the body as Mohammad al-Dalou. The body of Yara al-Dalou, 17, is still missing.

An Israeli airstrike flattened the al-Dalou family home in the Shujaiyya neighborhood on Sunday, killing a mother and her four children - 1-year-old Ibrahim, Yousef, 4, Jamal, 6, Sarah, 7 - a grandmother, great grandmother and two aunts.

The father of the family, a grocer, was at a local shop with his young son when the house was attacked. He returned to the wreckage to find most of his loved ones dead and trapped in its battered shell.

Two neighbors -- 83-year-old Ameena a-Miznar and her 19-year-old relative Abdullah -- were killed in the same strike.

Civil defense crews in Gaza have been searching the rubble of the home for the missing bodies since Sunday, a task complicated by repeated Israeli airstrikes on the neighborhood.

At Shifa Hospital on Monday, one family member struggled to identify his wife.

"Is this your wife?" asked a medic inside the morgue.

"Ah, what happened to your face sweetheart?" her husband said, weeping and collapsing into the arms of his spouse. The woman's face was burnt beyond recognition.

On Thursday, the Israeli military said it could not provide an explanation for the strike. An army spokeswoman said the incident was still being examined.

The Israeli newspapers Haaretz and Maariv said the army had fired at the wrong house, while Israel's top-selling daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, reported the al-Dalou home was indeed the target and that it housed a Hamas militant.

Around the time of the attack, the military said it had hit the commander of Hamas's rocket-launching operations. They named him as Yihia Abayah. Soon after, reports began coming in that a family was killed in the strike.

Several hours later, the Israeli army's chief spokesman, Yoav Mordechai, said on television the military tried to attack Abayah. "Although I don't know the outcome, there were civilians harmed by this".

But around the al-Dalou's home, people say they know nothing of Yihia Abayah. Hatem al-Dalou, a relative of the family, said: "I have never heard such a name (Yihia Abayah). This is nonsense."

"They killed a family that was safe and happy," he said.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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1 ) Mel / USA
22/11/2012 16:06
Ceasefire is good!For now.But the REALITY goes on,that 1.7 MILLION Palestinians are STILL CONTROLLED by theo-auto-cratic occupiers DECISIONS.Israel opens crossing(which shouldn't B there),Allow REQUIRED resources for Gazan's life(as is their right).But that's token comfort.The ILLEGAL OCCUPATION of Palestinian land must end under int.laws&UN resols.Gaza's still an open-air refugee camp,the ceasefire,& 1-way exit(to Egypt)is just an TREAT.END the occupation. Enact 242.Nothing less will do!

2 ) gabi / australia
23/11/2012 00:28
Mel - ceasefire is good - for now - spot on! But we can only wait until Israel, yet again, breaks the ceasefire and then blames the "thousands of rockets aimed at our civilians." If Israel is not shamed by this latest venture then it shows what most of the world is saying, they have absolutely no conscience. So much for the state that was going to be a "light unto all nations"!!!!!
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