Al Haji Family

Two more children brought the verified death toll to 23 this week, after DCI-Palestine confirmed the killings of Fatima Mahmoud Lutfi al-Haj, 14, and her brother Saed, 16, on Thursday July 10 in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis.

The children died when their home was targeted by an Israeli airstrike while the family was sleeping at 1.15 am. Six other family members, all adults, died in the bombing, including Fatima and Saed’s parents. The family is survived by two adult children, both of whom were away from the house at the time of the strike. One has been hospitalized in a state of shock.

The strike was not preceded by a so-called “knock on the roof” warning, which Israel has claimed it uses to warn civilians to leave buildings being targeted. Instead, the family’s house was flattened immediately.”