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Israeli missile kills one of two identical Gaza twins born during war
Published Sunday 03/08/2014 (updated) 04/08/2014 11:30
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The surviving twin being nursed after the strike. (MaanImages/GazaNow)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- One of two twin baby boys born less than three weeks ago at the beginning of the Israeli assault on Gaza was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Sunday, while the other was left fighting for his life.

The al-Ghoul twins were hit after an Israeli missile struck their home in Rafah, killing nine other members of their family and injuring twenty more.

Asmaa al-Ghoul, a journalist from the family based in Gaza City, said in a post on Facebook that her uncle Ismail and his sons Muhammad and Wael were killed this morning along with Wael's three children Malak, Mustafa, and Ismail.

Two of Wael's sons were identical twins born during the Israeli military offensive.

One of them was killed Sunday morning during the strike, while the other survived. The surviving twin, was seriously injured and was "fighting for his life," she said.

When the twins were born, she had written in a post on Facebook: "In Gaza, there is always hope and new life. A door of light and happiness in the middle of this war."

One of the baby boys alongside two other children from the family (GazaNow)

The bodies of the al-Ghoul family

Asmaa al-Ghoul added that her cousins Hanadi and Asmaa and her uncle's wife Khadra were also killed in the attack on their home, located in the Bashit refugee camp south of Rafah near the Egyptian border.

Asmaa added that the last time she had visited her uncle's family was on the fifth day of the Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip.

"I was destined to bid them farewell on the fifth day of the war. They were preparing Ramadan Iftar and they invited me to join them but I was in a hurry. I wish I accepted the invitation, but I didn't know then that you were in a hurry to leave this world!"




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1 ) Ben Alofs / UK/Netherlands
03/08/2014 15:02
There are no words to describe this horror. I am used to dealing with death as a medic, but the sight of dead children, their lives destroyed so cruelly, is intolerable. It is 100 years ago that the carnage of WWI began. It is so sad, that in 2014 we are unable to prevent the massacring of innocent civilians, whether in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine of where ever. I feel deeply ashamed, but we must not give up the struggle to defend the principle of international humanitarian law.

2 ) jootoo / UK
03/08/2014 17:10
Our hearts and minds are with the Arab people in Gaza, for their poor decision when voting and supporting Hamas into political and military power.

3 ) Dinyal / US
03/08/2014 18:50
Ya Allah they are holding on to you and nothing else ya rehmatul rahemin, only you will bring justice to them and we know in the face of Israel's nazi holocaust your promise will be fulfilled and Israel will pay for it's crimes!

4 ) k / US
05/08/2014 02:37
horrible, if the Islamists would not use their kids as shields and look to gain the sympathy of the earth these things would not happen
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