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February 24, 2010

Operation cast Lead: 17-year-old killed when evacuating his home being bombed

On 14 January 2009, at around 7:00pm, two missiles landed close to the Abu 'Awwad family home, a four-storey house in Jabalia refugee camp.

The entire family, about 50 people at the time, immediately evacuated the building and walked north. When they were about 50 metres away, 17-year-old Belal went back to make sure there was no one left inside. Shortly after he entered the house a third missile hit the building, which collapsed over him.

His mother, twin brother, and four other siblings survive him. His mother cannot find a new house and lives with a relative.

Read the full report: 17-year-old killed when evacuating his home being bombed

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, 24 February 2010

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