A young girl from Gaza survived an Israeli air strike that destroyed her home and killed her mother and all four siblings.
Six-year-old Suzy Eshkuntana was reunited with her father after being pulled from the rubble of her home and taken to Shifa Hospital in Gaza on Sunday.
The girl was trapped under the rubble for seven hours.
She has since been reunited in the hospital with her father, who was also being treated for his wounds. “Forgive me, my daughter. They yelled at me to come to you, but I couldn’t come, ”Riyad Eshkuntana said after the doctors had put them together in adjoining beds.
The Palestinian family’s home was hit in an Israeli air raid on Gaza City early Sunday. A wave of attacks that killed 42 people, including 10 children, and increased the death toll in Gaza from a week of bombing to 192, according to Gaza health officials.
Rescuers carry Suzy Eshkuntana, 6, as they pull her out of the rubble of a building on the site of Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on May 16
Palestinian girl Suzy Eshkuntana, 6, is treated by a paramedic in a hospital after she was pulled from the rubble of a building amid Israeli air strikes
Palestinian girl Suzy Eshkuntana, 6, is treated by a paramedic in a hospital after she was pulled from the rubble of a building in Gaza City amid Israeli air strikes
Israel says it is targeting the militant Islamist Hamas movement, which controls the densely populated Gaza Strip and, along with Islamic Jihad and other militant groups, has fired 2,800 rockets at Israeli cities.
These missile barriers killed 10 people, including two children, in Israel. They have also sent millions of Israelis to “safe rooms” and shelters while rocket warning sirens go off at any time of the day or night.
“The reason why we have these victims is that Hamas is attacking us criminally from civilian areas,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the US broadcaster CBS.
The strike on Eshkuntana’s house took place in the same area as an Israeli strike on a militant tunnel system in Gaza. The collapse of the tunnel system led to the collapse of the houses above and unintentional civilian casualties, the military said.
Rescuers carry Suzy Eshkuntana, 6, as they pull her out of the rubble of a building on the site of Israeli air strikes in Gaza City
Rescuers search for people in the rubble of a building at the site of Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on May 16
Dozens of rescue workers, police officers, relatives and neighbors gathered at the wreck of the Eshkuntana house during the search and rescue operation.
After a few hours, workers under the collapsed walls started chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is greatest – a signal that someone would be brought out alive.
Suzy, covered in dust and too weak to lift her head, cried as she was taken to an ambulance.
Rescuers search for people in the rubble of a building at the site of Israeli air strikes in Gaza
Rescuers search for people in the rubble of a building at the site of an Israeli air strike in Gaza City
Riyad Eshkuntana kisses his daughter Suzy’s hand as they are treated in a hospital after being pulled from the rubble of a building
At the hospital, relatives worriedly asked for details when the victims arrived.
‘Is that Yehya? Is it yehya? ‘Wept women and men waiting in the lobby just before the doctors told them that the four-year-old boy, Suzy’s brother, was dead.
Two of the women passed out.
Minutes later, a girl’s body fell in. “They brought Dana. Dana, Dana, are you okay? ‘ They asked. But the young girl was also dead, along with another brother and sister.
Seeing Suzy with her eyes open brought a brief moment of delight before she was quickly taken away for an x-ray. Doctors said she was injured but not seriously injured, and she was placed in a hospital bed next to her father.
Riyad Eshkuntana said he believed his family was safe because doctors lived in the same building and that he had put the children in what she thought was a safe room.
A relative helps 6-year-old Palestinian girl Suzy Eshkuntana, who lies in bed in a hospital after being pulled from the rubble of a building amid Israeli air strikes
Rescuers help Riad Eshkuntana after pulling him from the rubble of a building on the site of Israeli air strikes
“Suddenly a strange missile like fire and flame destroyed two walls,” he told Reuters. Parents ran to check on their children when a second explosion collapsed the ceiling.
I heard my son Zain shout, ‘Papa, Papa’. His voice was okay, but I couldn’t turn to look at him because I was trapped, ”he said.
When the rescuers first called for survivors, Eshkuntana was too weak to yell back, but when someone came back half an hour later he was able to get their attention.
He lay with his head bandaged on the hospital bed next to his surviving daughter and said at first that he wanted to die.
“I was filled with all the anger of the universe, but when I heard that one of my daughters was alive, I said thank God because this girl might capture some – even a little – of my daughters’ smiles because she was hers Sister is. ‘