On 6 January 2009, the Deeb family was at home in al-Fakhoura neighbourhood, Jabalia Camp. Some were sitting outside in the yard, and others were indoors. The family was afraid, and worried because the previous night, F16s had destroyed the house of their neighbour, Abu 'Askar, and now ground troops were getting close and constant tank shelling was threatening their neighbourhood.
Then, at around 3:30pm, a huge explosion took place nearby and shrapnel was projected everywhere. While some ran for cover and others were too stunned to move, a second explosion took place right in the middle of the yard. In total, 11 people were killed, including five children - four siblings and their cousin:
- Nour Mo'in Shafeeq Deeb (3)
- Aseel Mo'in Shafeeq Deeb (9), 4th Grade student at Beit Lahiya School for Girls
- Esam Sameer Shafeeq Deeb (13), 8th Grade student at al-Fakhoura School
- Mustafa Mo'in Shafeeq Deeb (13), 8th Grade student at al-Fakhoura School
- Mohammad Mo'in Shafeeq Deeb (16), 11th Grade student at Abu Obaida Bin al-Jarrah School
Read the full report: Five children and six adults killed in airstrike on their home
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, 28 February 2010