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Elderly farmer, granddaughter, died hours before Gaza truce
Published Thursday 29/11/2012 (updated) 02/12/2012 09:40
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Elderly farmer Ibrahim Abu Nasr was determined to harvest his last two olive trees, despite ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip last Wednesday.

The ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants would come into effect just nine hours later.

But as Ibrahim, 80, began prayers in the olive grove in Abassan village, east of Khan Younis in south Gaza, an Israeli missile struck the site.

His 15-year-old granddaughter Amira was bringing him lunch at that moment, and was also killed when she was hit by shrapnel.

Ibrahim's son and Amira's uncle, Khalil Abu Nasr, described to Ma'an the family's shock when the missile struck. The relatives were in their house next to the olive grove, when the sound of an explosion pierced the room.

"We rushed out to the land, and what we saw tore our hearts," he said.

Khalil's brother was also seriously wounded by shrapnel and is recovering form his injuries.

Another of Khalil's brothers, Abed, had been killed in the last Israeli war on Gaza in 2008-9.

Khalil said his elderly father insisted on visiting his land despite the war. He could sit all day tending his crops without boredom or fear, as he grew up on this farm, the son recalled.

"As an 80-year-old he did not go to plant explosives or to kill, but simply to harvest olives," Khalil said.
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1 ) Zainab / UK
29/11/2012 19:36
Oh Allah, surely the martyrs; Ibrahim Abu Nasr, Amira & Abed are under your protection, & in the rope of Your security, so save them from the trial of the grave & from the punishment of the Fire. You fulfill promises & grant rights, so forgive them and have mercy upon them. Surely You are Most Forgiving, Most Merciful. Oh Allah forgive them, Oh Allah strengthen them. Surely, Allah takes what is His, & what He gives is His, & to all things He has appointed a time..so have patience & be rewarded

2 ) Ben Alofs / UK/Netherlands
29/11/2012 21:27
What a tragedy. May Amira and her grandfather rest in peace. And let their cruel deaths not be in vain. Peace and justice for the people of Gaza and Palestine.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
29/11/2012 21:40
But, if only the truce had been in place...then the Israelis would have shot him anyway.

4 ) gabi / australia
30/11/2012 01:24
Tragic! But I can never understand why a cease-fire always comes into operation in the future - gives the stronger party time to shoot the shit out of all they can before it starts to operate. I'm with Colin Wright - Israel shoots whether or not there is a cease-fire, as we have seen in the past couple of days, so why bother?

5 ) Mel / USA
30/11/2012 04:02
Oh my Lord! Keep these innocent victims safe now. Long after Zionism has left Isreal,and Palestine is independent,productive,and free,it can plant a HUNDRED olive trees in your name Abu Nasr,and Amira's smile will feed them.God Bless!
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