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Gaza father: I want to address soldier who killed teen daughter

Jan. 10, 2012 12:28 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 19, 2012 3:02 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The family of a 16-year-old girl killed in Israel's Operation Cast Lead remain plagued by questions three years after her death, as a criminal complaint to Israeli authorities goes unanswered.

"Why my daughter? What were their motives? What were their reasons?" asks Ahmed Abu Oda.

"The Israeli military say they are the most moral army in the world, but they killed my daughter, they didn’t respect her right to live."

Nariman Abu Oda was killed on Jan. 9, 2009 by Israeli fire on her home in Beit Hanoun, and the house remains riddled with bullet holes, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which submitted the complaint in August that year, reports.

"It is clear the shooting was completely indiscriminate," her mother Itidal explains.

Her husband says he knows the legal compliant will not change the fact of his daughter's death, but "the only thing I want is to address the soldier who killed my daughter."

"But I hope one day that we can reach peace with the Israelis and end the war and the killing," he says.

The family, whose citrus grove and poultry farm was also destroyed in the three-week offensive, are struggling to move from their home. "We do not want to live in the house that Nariman was killed in," Ahmed says.

All three of their children have since had daughters who they named Nariman, in memory of their sister.
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