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Infant twins born and dies during Gaza war after Israeli strikes hit Rafah overnight

According to Gaza health authorities, the kids were the youngest members of the same family that died in the attack

Reuters Rafah (Gaza Strip) Published 04.03.24, 05:45 AM
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Infant twins Wesam and Naeem Abu Anza, born a few weeks into the Gaza war, were buried on Sunday, the youngest of 14 members of the same family whom Gaza health authorities say were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Rafah overnight.

Their mother, Rania Abu Anza, held one of the twins, its tiny body wrapped in a white shroud, to her cheek and stroked its head during the funeral on Sunday. A mourner held the second baby close by, pale blue pyjamas visible beneath a shroud.

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“My heart is gone,” wept Abu Anza, whose husband was also killed, as mourners comforted her. She resisted when asked to release the body of one of the babies ahead of burial. “Leave her with me,” she said, in a low voice.

The twins — a boy and a girl — were among five children killed in the strike on a house in Rafah, according to the health ministry in Gaza. Abu Anza said she had given birth to them — her first children — after 11 years of marriage.

“We were asleep, we were not shooting and we were not fighting. What is their fault? What is their fault, what is her fault?” Abu Anza said. “How will I continue to live now?”

Relatives said the twins had been born some four months ago, about a month into the war which began on October 7.

Israel’s offensive has killed more than 30,000 people in the Gaza Strip since then, according to Gaza health authorities, laying waste to the territory and uprooting most of its population.

The members of the Abu Anza family killed in the strike were lined up in black body bags. A man wept over the body of one of the dead, a child wearing pyjamas. “God have mercy on her, God have mercy on her,” said another man, consoling him.

Abu Anza said she had been wishing for a ceasefire before Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month which begins around March 10.

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