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Israeli missile kills one of two identical Gaza twins born during war

Aug. 3, 2014 2:28 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 4, 2014 11:30 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- One of two twin baby boys born less than three weeks ago at the beginning of the Israeli assault on Gaza was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Sunday, while the other was left fighting for his life.

The al-Ghoul twins were hit after an Israeli missile struck their home in Rafah, killing nine other members of their family and injuring twenty more.

Asmaa al-Ghoul, a journalist from the family based in Gaza City, said in a post on Facebook that her uncle Ismail and his sons Muhammad and Wael were killed this morning along with Wael's three children Malak, Mustafa, and Ismail.

Two of Wael's sons were identical twins born during the Israeli military offensive.

One of them was killed Sunday morning during the strike, while the other survived. The surviving twin, was seriously injured and was "fighting for his life," she said.

When the twins were born, she had written in a post on Facebook: "In Gaza, there is always hope and new life. A door of light and happiness in the middle of this war."

Asmaa al-Ghoul added that her cousins Hanadi and Asmaa and her uncle's wife Khadra were also killed in the attack on their home, located in the Bashit refugee camp south of Rafah near the Egyptian border.

Asmaa added that the last time she had visited her uncle's family was on the fifth day of the Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip.

"I was destined to bid them farewell on the fifth day of the war. They were preparing Ramadan Iftar and they invited me to join them but I was in a hurry. I wish I accepted the invitation, but I didn't know then that you were in a hurry to leave this world!"

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