The 18-year-old lost her parents and seven siblings after an Israeli air force bombardment – All of them had moved from Gaza City to the Han Younes refugee camp
When the Israeli army told the Palestinians to Beach refugee camp in Gaza City to move south because it was safer, the family of the 18-year-old Dima al-Lamdani he prayed to escape the merciless airstrikes.
However, a few days later, Lambdani was asked to identify the bodies of her relatives at a makeshift morgue in the southern city of Khan Younes. She stated that she lost her parents, seven siblings and four members of her uncle’s family in an Israeli airstrike.
“They told us to leave our house and go to Khan Younes because it is safe… We were betrayed and bombed,” he said.
THE 18 years old said that her family as well as her uncle’s family traveled in two vehicles crossing it Gauze, which has faced the heaviest bombardment since the attack launched by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas against Israel on October 7, killing approximately 1,400 people and taking over 200 hostages.
Lamdani’s family was staying in a temporary shelter in Khan Younes. “At 4.30 am I was awake and sitting with my aunt drinking coffee. Suddenly they found themselves in ruins. Everyone around me was screaming, I screamed too.”
Lambdani, whose one side of her face is lacerated and bruised, said after her family members searched the morgue on October 17how only her brother and two younger cousins survived although they were injured light.
“It’s a nightmare. It will never leave my memory”he stated. “I had a sister, 16 years old. They wrote her name on the white sheet they wrapped her body in, they thought it was me.”
Health authorities in Gaza said that over 5,000 people have been killed in the two weeks of Israeli bombing and that over 15,000 have been injured.
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