On 5 January 2009 Mohammad (13) was watching his 10-year-old brother Mo’men (right) playing on the roof terrace of their house in at-Tuffah neighbourhood, Gaza City. Accompanied by their mother Nahla (35) and sister Eman (8) they had gone to the roof to look at the area around their house from above. There, they noticed the bombing on the distant mountains. Then, there was a loud explosion. When the dust and smoke cleared Mohammad saw his brother lying on the roof in two pieces. Although the children were rushed to Shifa Hospital Mo’men died of his injuries. Eman and Mohammed were also wounded in the attack. Mohammad, who had a head injury, stayed in hospital for two days and was released in time for the third day of his little brother’s funeral. He is still haunted by the vision of his dismembered brother.
Read the full report: Operation Cast Lead: Ten-year-old child killed while playing on his roof
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, 9 March 2010