Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau chief Wael Dahdouh – who misplaced his spouse, two youngsters and 9 different members of the family in an Israeli strike in October – stated his final goodbyes to his eldest son as we speak. Hamza, like his father, was a journalist and killed when the automobile he was in with one other journalist was struck in Rafah. The different journalist – Mustafa Thuria (a video stringer) – was additionally killed within the missile strike.
Their automobile was close to al-Mawasi – a “secure space” – when it was struck, Al Jazeera reported.
“Hamza was all the things for me, the eldest boy, he was the soul of my soul,” Mr Dahdouh, dejected, told Al Jazeera whereas talking from the cemetery the place his son had been laid to relaxation.
“I hope that the blood of my son Hamza is the final blood to circulate of journalists in addition to folks within the Gaza Strip,” he added.
Distressing visuals on social media confirmed Hamza’s inconsolable spouse and siblings dashing to the cemetery for one final look earlier than he was buried. Wael Dahdouh stood by his head, attempting to consolation the remainder of his household. Another video confirmed him kissing his son’s hand whereas preventing again tears.
Al Jazeera has condemned the killing and “concentrating on” of Palestinian journalists in Gaza. “Al Jazeera Media Network strongly condemns the Israeli occupation forces’ concentrating on of Palestinian journalists’ automobile,” the corporate stated in an announcement, accusing Israel of “violating the ideas of freedom of the press”.
Mr Dahdouh turned the face of all journalists reporting from Ground Zero on Israel’s battle on Gaza when he realized that quite a few his members of the family have been killed in the identical bombing he was protecting in October.
World watched as he rushed to the hospital the place the our bodies of his family members have been stored. Visuals confirmed him mourning over the our bodies of his spouse and youngsters at a hospital in Deir el-Balah within the southern Gaza Strip.
His household was staying in a short lived residence, once more a “secure space”, after evacuating Gaza City following Israel’s warning for residents to maneuver south as its forces intensified strikes concentrating on Hamas.
At least 113 folks have been killed up to now 24 hours in Israeli bombardments, stated the well being ministry within the besieged territory run by Hamas.
The battle began when Hamas on October 7 final yr launched an unprecedented assault on Israel which resulted in about 1,140 deaths, most of them civilians. The Hamas operatives additionally took round 250 hostages, 132 of whom are nonetheless in captivity, based on Israel. At least 24 are believed to have been killed.
In response, Israel is finishing up a relentless bombardment and floor invasion which have killed no less than 22,835 folks, most of them ladies and youngsters, based on the Gaza well being ministry.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed once more at a cupboard assembly that “I’ve a transparent message for our enemies: What occurred on October 7 won’t occur once more.
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