Five Sisters Among 335 Gaza Deaths in Israeli Strike

Bereaved father: 'Aren't we human beings?'
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Dec 30, 2008 11:12 AM CST
Smoke rises from an Israeli missile strike on a target in Gaza City,Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008.    (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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(Newser) – As the Gaza death toll passes 300, the conflict's devastating human cost is coming to light, reports the Guardian in a look at one Palestinian family that lost five daughters in an airstrike in their refugee camp yesterday. “If the dead here were Israelis, you would see the whole world condemning and responding," said the girls' father. "But why is no one condemning this action?”

The family's seven eldest girls were asleep in a single room in a home next to a mosque. When the bomb hit it flattened their home and destroyed nearby shops, along with its intended target."I didn't see any of my daughters, just a pile of bricks and parts of the roof. Everyone told me my daughters were alive, but I knew they were gone," said their mother.