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Who really killed 2-year-old Hadeel Ahmed Al-Haddad in Gaza?

by | 25th, June 2012

A CHILD has died on the Gaza Strip. She was just two-years-old. How did Achhad Hadeel Ahmed Al-Haddad, aka Hadil al-Haddad, die?

The PalTimes – a “Palestinian news site working to address and follow up on all political issues and daily committed to accuracy” – reports:

Zionist war planes bombed a house just west of Al Farouk Mosque near al-Zaytoun neighborhood, which led to the death of Achhad Hadeel Ahmed Al-Haddad, 2, and wounding her brother, 3, was slightly wounded.

Then another child is killed. The AFP reports:

Palestinian relatives mourn as they carry the body of six-year-old Ali al-Shwaf during his funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip on June 23, 2012, after he was killed during an Israeli air strike in Gaza as his father and another man were wounded in the shelling, but the Israeli military denied it was responsible. 

The AP notes:

Gaza health official Ashraf Al Kedra said that a boy was killed in an airstrike Saturday morning in Khan Younis. The Israeli military said they didn’t attack that area

Photos of the dead child are forthcoming.

Ma’an reports:

A Palestinian toddler was killed Tuesday evening in an explosion south of Gaza City, medics said. Emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said in a statement that Hadil al-Haddad, 2, was killed and her brother was injured in the Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City.

A Hamas medical official told Reuters the cause of the child’s death was not clear. Witnesses said she was killed when militants launched a rocket close by.

The BBC’s Jon Donnison reports on twitter:

About those reliable source, Israel Hayom notes:

Emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya told the Palestinian Maan news agency in a statement that Hadil al-Haddad, 2, was killed and her brother injured on Tuesday in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City. But despite the Hamas official’s admission to the BBC, another Hamas medical official told Reuters on Tuesday that the cause of the child’s death was not clear. Witnesses told Maan that al-Haddad was killed when terrorists launched a rocket close by.

 One man’s source is another man’s medical official. This has been translated by Google:
Ma’an – Palestinian medical sources said the death of a child at the age of two years, and wounding her brother in Israeli shelling of their home in south of Gaza City, tonight. and said Adham Abu Salmiya spokesman for the ambulance and emergency in the Gaza Strip, said Hadeel Ahmed Al-Haddad, “two years” Killed and wounded her brother was moderately wounded after he targeted an Israeli warplane their house in the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City.

IMEMC & Agencies add to the reports. IMEC is the International Middle East Media Center, “a joint Palestinian-International effort, IMEMC combines Palestinian journalists’ deep understanding of the context, history, and the socio-political environment with International journalists’ skills in non-partisan reporting. IMEMC provides fair and comprehensive coverage of events and developments in Israel-Palestine”:

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that a 2-year-old child was killed, on Tuesday at night, and her brother was injured, when a missile fired by the Israeli air force hit their home in Az-Zeitoun neighborhood south of Gaza city.

Mahmud Hams takes photos of the dead child for AFP and Reuters. His pictures illustrate the story:

1,5 year old toddler Hadeel Al-Haddad. Assassinated by Israel

The toddler is now labelled a “martyr“.

Amnesty reports on another death, that of “14-year-old” Mo’min al-Dam:

We were interviewing a family in the al-Karama area of Gaza City when, for the first time since the escalation of violence began, we heard rockets being fired from close by. 

The dead teenager’s father was injured in the air strike. He tells Amnesty:

“We went out for a picnic under the trees on a piece of land that my wife had inherited. It was only the three of us – me, Mo’min and his mother. We ate and were resting and Mo’min was making us coffee over a fire some 6 metres away…

“I was lying down and all of a sudden I heard an explosion. I yelled for Mo’min, but there was no answer. I yelled for my wife, and then I heard her crying that they had killed Mo’min. She put the body of my dead boy on my lap. I felt the blood and I don’t know what happened after that. I found myself in an ambulance which brought me here.”

Later, we went to the site where the boy was killed and interviewed people in the surrounding area, including other relatives.

Although the site is sometimes used by Palestinian armed groups to launch rockets into Israel, there were no rockets launched from the area that day, according to the family of another young girl who was in a field nearby and was injured by shrapnel from the same targeted missile fired by the Israeli drone.

This site tells us:

Ma’moun was killed by a bomb dropped by the IDF while he was having a picnic with his parents in a garden in the area between Zeitoun and Tal Elhawwa neighbourhoods…

The neighbor explained that Ma’moun’s mother “put his body down in front of her husband and said to her husband, who cannot see, “Say mashallah; you have a martyr for a son.”

Electronic Intifada reports: “Remembering Mamoun, killed by an Israeli missile as he played football”:

Twelve-year-old Mamoun Zuhdi al-Dam was killed on Wednesday, 20 June, during an Israeli attack on Gaza amid exchange of fire between the Israeli army and Palestinian resistance factions that left eight Palestinians dead…Muhammad, Mamoun’s father and a retired trader, sat at a condolence ceremony in the Asqoula neighborhood of Gaza City, with his left hand bandaged due to his injuries from the same missile strike that killed his son.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Hamas announces ceasefire, IDF attributes Gaza-group’s interest in ending violence to harsh Israeli response to rocket fire; 150 rockets fired into Israel since Monday: 1 Israeli injured, 14 Palestinians killed.

The rockets fall. The bombs fall.

Such are the facts…

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