Gaza bombing kills disabled man, pregnant wife and daughter at lunchtime

Eyad Saleha, a 33-year-old disabled Palestinian, was waiting for his lunch on Wednesday when a missile hit his home in Gaza, killing him, his pregnant wife, and their three-year-old daughter.

The living room of the house was destroyed and the twisted pieces of a red children’s bicycle lay amid the rubble. Inside the toppled refrigerator, gray dust covered a plate of fresh tomatoes.

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Israeli airstrikes have killed 227 people, including 64 children, since May 10 in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian coastal enclave, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

A family member inspects the damage inside a house in Deir el-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on May 19, 2021, where Eyad Saleha, a 33-year-old disabled Palestinian in a wheelchair, his pregnant wife and her 3 year old son died. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP). (SAID KHATIB /)

Meanwhile, missiles launched by armed Palestinian groups have killed 12 people in the same period. Israel, including a child, according to Israeli police.

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The Israeli army has said it seeks to avoid “collateral damage” with its attacks, targeting military targets.

He has also claimed that misdirected rockets fired by Palestinian groups fell into the Gaza Strip and they could be responsible for some civilian deaths, although initially there has been no indication that Palestinian rockets caused the death of Saleha’s family.

The Israeli army did not refer in particular to Wednesday’s attack in Deir el Balah, which destroyed the three floors of the building in which Saleha’s family lived.

The attack killed Saleha, his wife Amani, 33, and their daughter Nagham.

Neighbors and relatives assess the damage inside a house in Deir el-Balah.  (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP).

Neighbors and relatives assess the damage inside a house in Deir el-Balah. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP). (SAID KHATIB /)

Heartbroken in the morgue Omar Saleha, 31, said his brother Eyad had not been able to walk since he was 14 years old and that he was not a combatant.

“What did my brother do? He was just sitting in his wheelchair ”, lament.

“What did your daughter do? What did your wife do? “asked the younger brother, who was staying with neighbors during the attack.

They were simply “getting ready for lunch.”

A family member inspects the damage inside the bombed-out house.  (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP).

A family member inspects the damage inside the bombed-out house. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP). (SAID KHATIB /)

“How many more?

He said Saleha was unemployed and shared a home with his mother and three brothers.

Like many others in the impoverished enclave, he relied on the help of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

Gaza’s Deputy Minister of Health Yusef Abu al Rish said he was outraged by the family’s death.

“Killing innocents in their homes, even fetuses in the womb, is a crime”, Held.

“How many more deaths must there be for the world to become aware?” Asked the deputy minister.



Israel has said its attacks are targeting the commanders of the Islamist group Hamas that rules Gaza, as well as its network of tunnels.

Umm Eyad, 58, was also not at home when the attack killed her son.

He had gone to his brother’s house for two days because his house seemed safer.

Eyad, says the mother, “prayed for calm to be restored.” And died.



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