Tuesday, Aug. 04
Latest News
  1. Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal
  2. Yemen rebel chief says ready for political settlement
  3. Turkey's Erdogan says Putin may 'give up' on Assad
  4. Israel president threatened over 'Jewish terrorism' comment
  5. Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to avenge Yazidis
  6. Turkey vows 'whatever necessary' in fight against militants
  7. 'Hundreds' of Gulf Arab troops enter Yemen's liberated Aden
  8. Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal
  9. Teen stabbed at Gay Pride march dies as pressure mounts on Israel
  10. Kerry pledges support for Egypt in Cairo talks
  11. UAE to try 41 on charges of seeking 'caliphate'
  12. Two Turkish troops killed in 'PKK suicide attack'
  13. Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water
  14. Exiled Yemen PM makes symbolic Aden visit to lead restoration
  15. New Taliban leader calls for unity in ranks in first audio message
  16. Iraqi Kurdistan leadership says PKK should leave
  17. Kerry lands in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour
  18. Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water
  19. Dozens dead as Syria army 'pushes back rebels near regime heartland'
  20. Yemen PM returns to Aden from Saudi exile

Family rescued from rubble of Gaza home

Nov. 17, 2012 11:08 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2012 2:24 P.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