Gaza – Solely two hours separated the killing of Hamed Najim, 17, and three of his cousins on the Jabalia refugee camp within the northern Gaza Strip, and the announcement of a ceasefire with Israel.
Israel and the Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad declared a truce late on Sunday after three days of heavy Israeli bombardment on the besieged Gaza Strip.
Regardless of a flurry of Israeli air raids and Palestinian rocket launches till the final minute, the truce started at 11:30pm native time on Sunday (20:30 GMT) and has up to now held.
In line with the Palestinian well being ministry, 44 Palestinians, together with 15 kids, had been killed and a minimum of 350 civilians wounded throughout Israel’s three-day “pre-emptive strike”.
Hamed and his cousins - Jamil Najm al-Deen Naijm, 4, Jamil Ihab Najim, 13, and Mohammad, 17 – had been killed by a missile that hit them whereas they had been within the Falluja cemetery throughout the road from their residence.
Hamed’s mom, Diana, was visibly shaken. She informed Al Jazeera her son was very cautious to not go away the home, fearing Israeli assaults.
“Simply two hours earlier than the truce was introduced, he informed me he would exit for 5 minutes along with his cousins,” she stated. “Moments glided by after which we heard a bombing. We ran out to search out my son and his three cousins. They had been all reduce up into items.”
‘Our lives are nugatory’
Diana’s story is just like many others within the besieged Gaza Strip, after Israel launched repeated air assaults in a three-day operation involving “surgical strikes” in opposition to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, in accordance to Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan.
“I used to be a mom of 4 kids. At this time my kids have change into three within the blink of a watch. My son was very obedient, kind-hearted and excelled in his research regardless of our tough circumstances,” she stated.
“Why are we in Gaza uncovered to all this? We are able to lose our kids at any second and at any minute as if our lives are nugatory.”
Regardless of dropping her son, Diana expressed her satisfaction with the ceasefire. “Sufficient is sufficient. We are able to’t take it anymore and I don’t need different moms in Gaza to see the bitterness of what I’m going by way of now,” she stated, tears rolling down her cheeks.
‘Bombing till final second’
On Monday, on the Bureij refugee camp within the central Gaza Strip, massive crowds gathered to mourn Yasser al-Nabaheen, 40, and his three kids, who had been killed the night prior in an Israeli bombing of their household residence.
The assault resulted within the demise of the daddy and his two sons, Ahmed, 13, Mohamed, 9, and his daughter Dalia, 13. His oldest son was wounded and is recovering in hospital.
“I used to be sitting with my Uncle Yasser within the small plot of land throughout our home,” Ahmad, a member of the family, informed Al Jazeera. “He moved a little bit ahead when a missile fell within the house between us and immediately above him and his kids. All of them turned to items in a second.”
Ahmad stated he couldn’t imagine what occurred proper earlier than his eyes.
“I used to be screaming and calling for assist and calling an ambulance. My uncle was a superb individual and beloved by everybody. He had no political affiliations. We had been sitting and his kids had been enjoying in entrance of him. Inside minutes a bloodbath occurred,” he stated.
The daddy and his kids died half an hour earlier than the truce was agreed upon.
“It’s overwhelming and really tough to grasp. Israel stored bombing and killing individuals and civilians till the final second,” stated Ahmad.