Story behind the photo: Journalist’s 11-month-old son killed in Gaza strikes

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Gaza, Nov 16: The front page photo on Thursday’s Washington Post tells, in a single frame, a very personal story from Wednesday’s Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. Jihad Misharawi, a BBC Arabic journalist who lives in Gaza, carries the body of his 11-month old son, Omar, through al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.
 An Israeli round hit Misharawi’s four-room home in Gaza Wednesday, killing his son, according to BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar, who arrived in Gaza earlier Thursday. Misharawi’s sister-in-law was also killed, and his brother wounded. Misharawi told Danahar that, when the round landed, there was no fighting in his residential neighborhood.
 “We’re all one team in Gaza,” Danahar told me, saying that Misharawi is a BBC video and photo editor. After spending a “few hours” with his grieving colleague, he wrote on Twitter, ”Questioned asked here is: if Israel can kill a man riding on a moving motorbike (as they did last month) how did Jihad’s son get killed.”
 Danahar also shared the following photos of Misharawi’s small Gaza home, which appears to have been heavily damaged. Sobbing and shaking with unbearable grief, Jihad Masharawi is pictured cradling the body of his murdered 11-month-old son Omar yesterday.
 As the might of Israel's military - gunboats, tanks, and aircraft - pounded the Gaza Strip in pursuit of militants, Omar was one of 11 young Palestinians killed on a day of brutal fighting in the seemingly interminable conflict in the Middle East.
 They included a chief of militant group Hamas that governs Gaza.
 His son is the latest innocent victim of a recent escalation in violence, with days of rocket fire prompting Israel to launch Operation Pillar of Defense, which Hamas said in return would “open the gates of hell”.
 The brutal onslaught destroyed hopes that a truce mediated by Egypt on Tuesday could help to restore order and sanity.
 Instead, Israel yesterday effected a surgical strike on a car containing Ahmed Al-Jaabari, the commander of the military wing of Hamas.
 Within minutes of his murder, huge explosions shook the whole of Gaza, with plumes of smoke emanating from burning buildings and debris flying across the surface of the city.
 Eleven month old Omar was killed in the process.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 17 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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