Thursday 27 November 2014

Horror of war leaves little Shayma (4) without mum

Published 15/07/2014 | 02:30

Four-year-old Palestinian girl Shayma Al-Masri, who hospital officials said was wounded in an Israeli air strike that killed her mother and two of her siblings, lies on a bed next to her doll as she receives treatment at a hospital in Gaza City. 
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Four-year-old Palestinian girl Shayma Al-Masri, who hospital officials said was wounded in an Israeli air strike that killed her mother and two of her siblings, lies on a bed next to her doll as she receives treatment at a hospital in Gaza City. Reuters
Relatives of three Palestinian members of Abu Muamar family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike on their house, mourn during their funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City. AP
Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City. AP
An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards Gaza from outside the Gaza Strip. Reuters
Palestinian protesters argue with Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip, at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus. Reuters
Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike on a house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters

Four out of every five Palestinians killed during Israel's ongoing military offensive in Gaza have been civilians, including dozens of women and children, the United Nations revealed.

Pressure intensified for a ceasefire as the latest death toll climbed to 172.

Shayma al-Masri (4), pictured at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, lost her mother, a 17-year-old brother and a 14-year-old sister when two missiles struck as the family walked in their neighbourhood.

The girl, who has shrapnel injuries to her upper body, is left with her father and three brothers.

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