Before 10-year-old Yassin Abu Khoussa went to sleep, he prepared his schedule for school on Saturday, checked his bag on the floor next to his bed and tucked himself in, sleeping on a pink pillow. He would be getting up at 6am to leave for school to be present, in line, at 7am with his classmates.He didn’t make it to his school line. Instead, people were waiting in line at the morgue of Kamal Adwan Hospital to see his body and pay final respects.Yassin was asleep early Saturday when a missile from an Israeli F-16 hit nearby and shrapnel tore through his bedroom. Israel officials described the attack as a raid on four separate Hamas military-training camps in response to rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel, although no Israeli casualties were reported. Israel said in a statement the four rockets fired from Gaza landed in open fields.Gaza’s Interior Ministry said that the targets in Gaza were empty training camps, which was confirmed by local residents.
Several of Abu Khoussa’s siblings were wounded in the airstrike, including 13-year-old Ayoub, who is now in a hospital.Later on Saturday, his six-year-old sister Yasmine Abu Khoussa was also pronounced dead by local medics at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.The attack was the first F-16 airstrike since a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence began at the end of last year. Since 2015, seven rockets have been launched from Gaza into Israel, including the four on Friday.Most rockets from Gaza are fired by small factional groups, often groups that are in conflict with Hamas. Still, Israel has ultimately held Hamas responsible and has retaliated against the group’s facilities.In October, a two-year-old Palestinian and her pregnant mother were killed in an Israeli air strike that hit their home in Gaza City.A five-year-old was killed by an unexploded missile last month, in addition to others wounded and killed during protests against the Israeli fence with Gaza.
Sir Gerald Kaufman, UK Labor Party, who is Jewish
“You can’t appeal to a better nature when they don’t have it”