Julie Webb-Pullman reports

The Gazan children behind the statistics

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Shaimah Al-Masri

Shaimah Al-Masri

Four year-old Shaimah was returning home from her aunt’s house with her mother, 17 year-old sister and 14 year-old brother Mohammed at midday. Suddenly a rocket from a drone directly targeted Mohammed, killing him instantly. As her mother ran to her son, another rocket slammed into her and Shaimah’s sister, killing them both.

Shaimah told her father, “A rocket killed my brother, then another one killed my mother and my sister, and I fell down on the ground.”

Shaimah suffered abdominal trauma, and has had major surgery to her spleen and liver. It is hoped she will make a full recovery.

Despite knowing what happened to her mother, she still calls for her, her aunt told me.

“I would like to send the Israeli’s a message,” she said. “As you love your children, so do we. As you do your best to protect your children, so do we. As your children can play and enjoy life, this is also the right of our children – to enjoy their innocent childhood.”

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