UK-based man ‘loses 11 family members’ in Gaza shelling
A man in the UK reportedly found out through a Facebook message that he has lost 11 members of his family to a single Israeli airstrike, the Daily Mail reported.
According to the newspaper, Musheir el-Farrah learned on Friday morning that his cousin’s home in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, was hit by shelling.
Five children, aged from four to 15, are reportedly among the victims. Five of el-Farrah’s relatives were taken into intensive care after the incident.
“I found out at 7am on Friday through a Facebook message from a friend that 11 members of my family had been killed,” said el-Farrah to the newspaper.
“They all died at around 3.45am on Friday morning. They were in bed sleeping when the first missile hit and so they were trying to get to safety.
“They ran and they were hit outside the building where they live. They were all still in their pajamas and nighties when they were killed,” he said.
Israel has led a ground offensive into Gaza with the stated aim of destroying Hamas tunnels which are reportedly used to transport fighters and arms.
For its part, Hamas has continued firing rockets into Israeli territory.
Meanwhile, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki will push Tuesday for a war crimes case against Israel as a three-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas takes effect as of 0500 GMT, Reuters news agency reported.
During the 72-hour truce, mediated by Egypt, Israel and Hamas are to hold indirect talks in Cairo on a broader deal that would prevent future cross-border violence.