Gaza father wants Israel apology over 3 daughters' deaths

2017-03-15 13:43
Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish poses with his children in his house in Jebaliya, northern Gaza Strip in this 2009 picture.  (Khalil Hamra, File)

Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish poses with his children in his house in Jebaliya, northern Gaza Strip in this 2009 picture. (Khalil Hamra, File)

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Jerusalem - A Palestinian doctor has pleaded with Israel to apologise for killing three of his daughters and a niece in a 2009 shelling attack on his Gaza home.

Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish, struggling to compose himself at a news conference on Tuesday, urged "officials who live in denial to take responsibility".

His loss was seared into the memory of many Israelis. On January 16 2009, during an Israel-Hamas war, Abuelaish phoned an Israeli journalist live on the air, moments after the deadly strike, to plead for help in evacuating the wounded.

In 2010, Abuelaish filed a civil suit, seeking an apology and compensation from Israel. A court hearing is set for Wednesday.

Israel has said it bears no responsibility for the war-time incident. Israel reportedly now alleges that the doctor's home contained a weapons cache.

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