On 9 January, at around 3:30am, a missile crashed through the ceiling of the Salha family house in Mashrou Beit Lahiya, North Gaza. There were 12 people in the house, two women and 10 children, but no one was hurt. Fearing another attack, the family prepared to leave the house. A group of six started walking north. While the other group was still getting ready, a second missile was fired by an Israeli F16 plane onto the house. Four children and two adults were killed instantly; the family house was completely destroyed.
Total number of people killed in the attack:
- Rola Fayez Nour Salha (1)
- Baha’ al-Deen Fayez Nour Salha (4)
- Rana Fayez Nour Salha (11)
- Deia’ al-Deen Fayez Nour Salha (13)
- Fatima Fayez Mohammad Alhaw (24)
- Randa Fayez Mohammad Alhaw Salha (34)
DCI-Palestine documented the deaths of 352 children as a direct result of military attacks during Operation Cast Lead. In addition, five children died as an indirect result of the offensive (one baby born prematurely during an air raid; three children killed by unexploded ordnance; one child who had undergone heart surgery a week before the offensive and inhaled white phosphorous fumes).
DCI-Palestine, 13 February 2010
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Operation Cast Lead: Four siblings and their mother killed in their home in F16 attack