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Gaza mother dies shielding children from Israeli attack

July 11, 2014 1:21 A.M. (Updated: July 14, 2014 9:48 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Suha Hamad, 25, sacrificed herself to save the lives of her four children.

All the children survived but one, a toddler, who is now in the ICU.

Suha took her last breath saving their lives. When the power went out at 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Suha took three of her children to sleep in their grandmother's room. She thought it was the safest place in the house and went back to get her four-month-old baby.

It was at this moment that she was hit by shrapnel from an Israeli missile.

Mahdi Hamad, Suha's father, said that "nobody called us to evacuate the house and there aren't any resistance members around it."

"Glass was shattered behind the children and men fell into a big pool of blood."

Her eyes full of pain and sorrow, Suha's mother said: "Who do they have to live for when they lost both their mother and father?"

She added: "What crime have these children committed to be punished like that?"

Israeli warplanes bombed the home midnight Tuesday, killing a senior Islamic Jihad militant and five members of his family.

A Gaza health ministry spokesman identified them as Hafiz Mohammed Hamad, 30, Ibrahim Mohammed, 26, Mahdi Mohammed Hamad, 46, Fawzia Khalil Hamad, 62, Mehdi Hamad, 16, and Suha Hamad 25.

Israel's military did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.
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