Publish date18 Jun 2024 - 15:08
Story Code : 639610

Investigation reveals Palestinian families wiped off due to Israeli strikes

A recent investigation conducted by Associated Press has revealed at least 60 Palestinian families that were wiped off in the Israeli onslaughts against the besieged Gaza Strip.
Investigation reveals Palestinian families wiped off due to Israeli strikes
Israel’s air and ground offensive in Gaza has killed hundreds of Palestinian family members from the same bloodline, an unprecedented toll on the small community mostly made up of refugees and their descendants, a recent report has revealed.

This period marked the deadliest and most devastating phase of the conflict.

In just a matter of weeks, nearly a quarter of those families lost more than 50 members, with the difficulty of documenting and sharing information due to internet and telephone services being collapsed and some families left with almost no one to record the devastating toll.

The AP review analyzed casualty data from Gaza's health ministry until March, online death notices, family and neighborhood social media pages, witness testimonies, and information from Airwars, a conflict monitor based in London.

AP also geolocated and analyzed 10 Israeli strike, among the deadliest in the war, between October 7 and December 24. Together the strikes killed more than 500 people.

Among the hardest hit are the Mughrabi family which lost more than 70 members in a single attack. The Abu Najas family mourns over 50 killed, including at least 2 pregnant women, while the Doghmush clan lost at least 44 in a strike on a mosque and the total soared over 100 weeks later. By spring, over 80 members of the Abu al-Qumssan family had been killed.

In one attack in the crowded Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, Israeli bombs erased an entire block of buildings. Nearly 40 members of the Abu al-Qumssan family were killed, while the exact number of casualties is still uncertain as numerous individuals are trapped beneath the rubble.

Ramy Abdu, chairman for the Geneva-based EuroMed Human Rights Monitor, which monitors the Gaza war, expressed concern over the overwhelming challenge of keeping up with the continuously rising death toll.

Dozens of his researchers in Gaza stopped documenting family deaths in March after identifying
Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 37, 347 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 85, 372 more. More than 1.7 million people have been internally displaced during the war as well.
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