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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Israeli terrorists bomb home, but outrage is absent

In Gaza, Right Target, but the Wrong People Die

By Steven Erlanger | NY Times | July 12, 2006

...To hear the views of neighbors and onlookers, the attack was another example of wanton killing, of the Israeli disregard for Palestinian life. From Israel's point of view, the...(house) was a perfectly justified target...

For Muhammad Zughbor, an accountant who lives across the street, it was a lucky escape for his own four children. He pointed out the wrecked bedroom of his daughters, which faces the street and was glittery with broken glass and pocked with small chunks of concrete...."It takes a political decision to bomb a house like this," he said.

...When they were woken up by the blast, he said, neighbors ran into the street to try to help. His own house was filled with black smoke through the blown-in windows, and it was a while before anyone could see. The eldest son, Muhammad Salmiyeh, was on the upper balcony, Mr. Zughbor remembered, screaming: "We're still breathing, help us!"

He also remembered seeing headless torsos and the body of a small child in the olive trees beside the house. One body landed 100 yards from the house, he said. Another son, Awad, also survived, dug out of the rubble four hours later, and underwent surgery at Al Shifa hospital here.

Dr. Jumaa al-Saqqa, a surgeon and hospital spokesman, said that in addition to the nine killed, 37 people were wounded, with three of them in critical condition.

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