Saturday, May 30
Latest News
  1. Officials: at least 19 killed in Pakistan as gunmen attack bus
  2. Obama urges Congress to stop security measures lapsing
  3. Turkish daily accuses government of sending arms to Syrian rebels
  4. Coastguard: more than 3,300 migrants rescued in Med Friday, 17 dead
  5. US demands immediate halt to South China Sea reclamations
  6. IS bombs second Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 3
  7. Foreign fighters switching tactics to reach Syria, Iraq
  8. Monitor: Christian beheads Sunni militant in Syria revenge killing
  9. Tripoli govt : IS seizes control of airport in Libya's Sirte
  10. Yemen's Saleh says Saudi offered him 'millions' to fight Houthis
  11. Netanyahu delight as Palestine withdraw bid to oust Israel from FIFA
  12. IS bombs second Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 3
  13. FIFA congress reconvenes after bomb threat
  14. Muhammadu Buhari sworn in as president of Nigeria
  15. Witnesses: blast outside Saudi Shiite mosque during prayers
  16. Iranian opposition: Iran, N. Korea 'collaborate' on nuclear arms
  17. More than 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean
  18. Car bombs rock two upmarket Baghdad hotels, five dead
  19. Coalition strikes, fighting kill 40 rebels in Yemen's Aden
  20. Police: car bombs explode near two Baghdad hotels

Family rescued from rubble of Gaza home

Nov. 17, 2012 11:08 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2012 2:24 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- When Israeli warplanes pulverized the home of a Hamas leader in Gaza at dawn on Saturday, onlookers could not imagine that any of his family would survive.

Witnesses said F-16 aircraft leveled the two-story home of Suliman Salah in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip in the early hours.

Neighbors feared the 22-member family would be buried alive. Omer Abu al-Qumsan, who lives next-door, said he woke to a huge explosion and saw that all remained of the house was a pile of rubble.

When TV crews arrived an hour later, civil defense crews had extricated one woman from the wreckage. Over the next hours 30 people were rescued from the site, wounded, but alive.

One member of the family, who escaped with light head wounds, said the whole family was asleep when the missiles struck.

"One minute I was sleeping, the next I found myself in hospital," he said.

Another neighbor of the Abu Salah family, Abdel Karim Mattar, said the targeting showed Israel targets densely populated areas, not just open spaces.

Mattar, whose home was also partially destroyed, blamed Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu for launching the large-scale aerial assault on Gaza to increase his election prospects amongst Israeli voters.

"The ink of Israeli elections is Palestinian blood," Mattar said.

Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015