An Israeli air strike killed the daughter, wife, and son of Al Jazeera Al Arabiya correspondent Wael Al-Dahdouh.
The wife, son and daughter of Wael Al Dahdouh, the Gaza bureau chief of Al Jazeera Al Arabiya, were killed in an Israeli air strike.
Footage shown by Al Jazeera showed Al-Dahdouh entering Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah to see his dead family members in the morgue.
He appeared bending down and touching the face of his teenage son Mahmoud, who wanted to become a journalist like his father.
Al-Dahdouh spoke to Al Jazeera on his way out of the hospital, looking shocked: “What happened is clear, this is a series of targeted attacks on children, women and civilians. I was just reporting from Yarmouk about such an attack, and Israeli raids have targeted many areas, including Nuseirat.
“We had suspicions that the Israeli occupation would not allow these people to go without punishing them. Unfortunately, this is what happened. This is the “safe” area that the occupation army talked about.”
Some members of the Dahdouh family, including a young granddaughter, survived the attack on the house in which they were staying in the Nuseirat refugee camp south of Wadi Gaza.
Operations are still continuing to rescue some people from the ruins of the house.
“The indiscriminate attack launched by the Israeli occupation forces resulted in a tragic loss [Al-Dahdouh’s] Al Jazeera Media Network said in a statement that his wife, son, and daughter buried the rest of his family under the rubble.
“Their house was targeted in the Nuseirat camp in southern Gaza, where they took refuge after being displaced due to the initial bombing of their neighborhood, following [Israeli] Prime Minister Netanyahu’s call on all civilians to move south.”
Speaking from Gaza, Al Jazeera’s Youmna Al-Sayed said: “It is heartbreaking to report on Wael’s family and see how broken he is. [Al-Dahdouh] Calms everyone down. He speaks to us like a big brother, not just an office boss.
“He did not leave Gaza City. He stayed despite all the threats and warnings and did not stop for 19 days in a row. “I have to be here in Gaza City to report on these people who are being bombed every day,” he said.
“He didn’t abandon them. He didn’t want to leave.”
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