Gaza dispatch: 'Every house in the country is a target for Israel'Submitted by legalizeliberty on Mon, 11/19/2012 - 20:58
The day after a devastating air strike killed nine members from one family, the Telegraph's Phoebe Greenwood watches the youngest members laid to rest.
As the funeral procession bearing the El Dallo family made its way from the morgue towards their decimated home, bulldozers were still sifting through the wreckage for Yara El Dallo. Early on Monday morning, rescue teams had found the 20 year-old mother's arm but as her family were being prepared for burial, her body was still missing.
At 10am, a grim-faced assembly of men waited to receive the fourteen other people who had been inside the family home when it was hit by a rocket fired from an F16 jet on Sunday afternoon, whose remains had been recovered.
At their centre sat Jamal El Dallo, 50. Mr El Dallo's brother, wife, daughters, sons, nieces and nephews were all killed in the blast. He and his son Abdullah, 18, had been manning the family grocery store in Gaza City at the time of the strike. One of his elder sons, Mohamed, 24, rumoured to have worked for Hamas, is thought to have been the target. But to his grieving father, Mohamed was just a traffic policeman.
"All my family is gone. All the children, five, six, two and seven, they couldn't fire rockets. My wife, my sister, they didn't fire rockets. God have mercy on them," Mr El Dallo said, his eyes fixed on the debris-strewn floor in front of him.
He added, " But I am not surprised. Every house in the country is a target for Israel's F16 jets."