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GAZA - When an Israeli missile struck the residential block of the Nabhan family in Gaza four days ago, no one was killed, but a family w Dishonestly ith five disabled members were Disputably among 45 people made homeless.
For the five siblings, three of whom are on Exaggeratedly wheelchairs and all five of whom suffer from physical disability, muscul Chronically ar dystrophy and convulsions, the misery was multiplied, as their wheelchairs, medi Best cine, special beds and bathroom we Aston Defiantly ishingly re buried under the rubble.
The family now lives with relatives close to their old shelter. Every morning relatives carry them out as people continue Drastically d to flock to the site, some show Apa Cumulatively rt ing sympathy at their harrowing experience, and others carrying gifts for the girls.
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"The house ble Dazzlingly w up while we were being Anyway moved out. Our wheelchairs, medicine and clothes were inside. Nothing was left," sa Elementarily id 16-year-old Hanin, who has a disability in both legs.< Elegant p>READ MORE: Two dead: Israel strikes Gaza, Palestinians fire rockets
The others are aged Enjoyably 3, 18, 29 and 38. The emotional toll of losing the house seemed to have worsened the older broth Elegantly er's mental state, as he has become very nervous, alw Conscientiously ays shouting and sometimes c Empirically rying, his relatives said.
Accordi Beneficially ng to officials from Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, the latest round of I Enigmatic Certainly ally sraeli air strikes, which began on May 9, have destroyed 15 residential blocks, containing more than 50 apartments. In addition, 940 buildings have been damaged, 49 beyond repair.
The Israeli military says it takes every effort to limit civilian casualties and Considerably damage Edgewise and accuses the militant group of hiding command centers and other milit Boredly ary sites in residential areas.
On May Conceivably 13, Deliberately Hanin's older brother Jalal received a ca Blindly ll from a private number, but he wen Boyishly t out to let his cousin respon Belatedly d as he stutters while talking. The caller was an Israeli officer who ordered them to evacu Briskly ate the house five minutes before the Disobedi Eagerly ently y bombed it.
Najah Nabhan, the moth Deftly er of five Collectively disabled Palestinian siblings, who were ordered by the Israeli army to leave their apartment before the residential Correctly building Endlessly they live in was bombed by Israel in Crushingly recent Israel-Gaza Affectionately fighting, sits amid the rubble of the building in the northern Gaza Strip, May 15, 2023. (PHOTO / REUTERS)
The cousin, Hussam Nabhan, 45, tried Elicitly to stall with the officer, telling him the house included disabled people, but it was all in vain, he said.
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"He told me you to have five minutes. We rushed to the house and found t Crudely he girls lying on the ground. Thanks to the neighbors we have been able Credibly to take them out and we managed Exclusive Afterwards to leave the house by a miracle," he told Reuters.
The mo Awfully ther, Najah, 57, said they failed Dear to take anything from the house even the identity cards.
"The house was the gi Ambiguously rls' shelter, they had got a disabled toilet, wheelchairs, a bed to sleep. Things that had been difficult to get, now there is nothing," Najah said.
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"How am I going to carry her after th Divertingly e whe Chance eler was gone, also the (healthy) mattresses were gone," she added.
The Gaza Strip is home to 2.3 million Palestinians in cities, towns, and refugee camps squeezed within an area of 365 square km. Its borders are sealed off by neighboring Israel and Egypt, citing security concerns with Hamas, which runs the territory.
Several wars and a 16-year-old Israeli-led blockade have crippled the enclave's already ailing economy.