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Three-Week-Old Gaza Twin Boy Killed by Israeli Strike — Brother Critically Hurt

A three-week-old Gaza twin baby boy was killed and his brother critically injured when an Israeli missile struck a home, killing nine other family members, Ma’an News Agency reported.

The identical twins — whose births were hailed as a ‘door of light and happiness’ — were both members of the extended al-Ghoul family, which was decimated in the Israeli attack on Sunday.

Journalist Asmaa al-Ghoul, a relative who is stationed in Gaza, confirmed in a Facebook post that her uncle Ismail, 60, and his sons Muhammad, 32, and Wael, 35, along with Wael’s three children Malak, 5, Ismail, 11, and baby Mustafa had been killed in the strike. His twin brother Ibrahim, also 24-days-old, survived.

In an essay written for Al-Monitor, Asmaa al Ghoul denounced the killing of innocent civilians:

The two boys were born at the beginning of the Israeli military operation in Gaza. In a post to Facebook, Asmaa al-Ghoul had celebrated the birth as a miracle, writing: “In Gaza, there is always hope and new life. A door of light and happiness in the middle of this war.”

She last saw the boys five days after the start of the Israeli military offensive. In the post mourning their death, she wrote: “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!”

In her Al-Monitor essay, al-Ghoul mused about the picture she snapped that day (above):

The al-Ghouls are not the only family defying death with new life. Last Wednesday, ABC news reported that a woman in Rafah had given birth to quadruplets. Dr. Bassel Abuwarda posted a photo on Twitter showing the healthy babies and another doctor giving thumbs up. The tweet reads: “Dr. Qadoura: Despite the pain, Palestinian mother gave birth to quadruplets last night in #Gaza.”

The Israeli side has its own tales of fraternal woe. Hadar Goldin, the IDF soldier killed in action last Friday in Rafah, is survived by his twin brother, Tzur. The two served combat soldiers at the same time and trained as officers together. Tzur Goldin said a final goodbye to his twin on Sunday, during a funeral attended by thousands of Israelis. “We were two that lived together and will never be divided,” he said. “Your life is mine and mine is yours.”


Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.

Three-Week-Old Gaza Twin Boy Killed by Israeli Strike — Brother Critically Hurt

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