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Mon 04 Mar 2024 8:55 am - Jerusalem Time

'Who will call me mother?': Gazan woman mourns twin babies killed in strike

A Palestinian woman who had gone through multiple rounds of fertility treatment to become a mother lost her twin babies in an Israeli strike.


Rania Abu Anza lost her infant twins in an Israeli strike [Getty]As men searched for survivors beneath a Gaza home pummelled by an air strike, Rania Abu Anza gazed down on Sunday at two children who did not survive: her infant twins.

The Palestinian woman said she had gone through multiple rounds of fertility treatment to achieve her dream of becoming a mother, only to have it taken away by the carnage in the Gaza Strip.

"Who will call me mother from now on? Who will call me mother?" she said through tears on Sunday as she clutched her lifeless babies, the face of one still spattered with blood.

Wissam and Naeem, not yet six months old, were among 14 people killed in the overnight strike in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, which it blamed on Israel. All of the dead were members of the Abu Anza family. They joined the 30,410 fatalities, most of them women and children, reported by the ministry since Israel waged its brutal war on the besieged Gaza Strip on 7 October.

The campaign came in response to the Palestinian militant group's unprecedented October 7 attack on southern Israel that resulted in the deaths of around 1,160 people, according to an AFP tally of official figures.


'All of them children' While Rania Abu Anza waited to bury her son and daughter, back at the rubble of the family home men shouted the names of those they hoped had survived: "Yasser! Ahmed! Sajjar! "Shehda Abu Anza, who said the home belonged to his uncle, said it housed only civilians." 


They were sleeping at eleven o'clock at night. All of them children. Honestly, there was no military presence in the house, only civilians," he said. "No soldiers, only civilians." Another relative, Arafat Abu Anza, bemoaned the lack of equipment to extract possible survivors." There are 15 people in the house... I'm cleaning the area. We are trying to extract people, to see where they are. Four floors fell. "Nearly 1.5 million Palestinians have sought refuge in Rafah, raising fears of mass casualties should Israel go ahead with a planned invasion of the city.

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'Who will call me mother?': Gazan woman mourns twin babies killed in strike

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