Names: Mohammad, Wisam, Firas and Hussein Jibreel
Date of incident: 3 June 2012
Age: 5, 6, 8 and 17 years
Location: An Nuseirat camp, Gaza Strip
Nature of incident: Injured in Israeli air strike
On 3 June 2012, four children are injured in an Israeli air strike on Gaza as they sleep in their family home.
The Jibreel family lives in An Nuseirat refugee camp in Central Gaza. On 3 June 2012, at around 2:00 am, they were all sleeping, when “suddenly I was woken by a huge explosion that rocked the entire house,” recalls 17-year-old Hussein. “Dust and smoke filled the room. I did not realise what was going on. The electricity had been cut off and I could not see anything. I did not know where the explosion had taken place. Then, I heard my mother and siblings screaming.”
Hussein went to his brothers’ room and found five-year-old Mohammad at the door. “I picked him up and took him outside,” remembers Hussein. “My step-brother Nihad, who lives nearby, saw me and told me I was injured. I checked myself and saw that my left shoulder was bleeding and my clothes were covered in blood. I had not felt any pain until that point.”
The boys were taken to a hospital in Deir Al Balah, Central Gaza. “The doctors x-rayed and stitched my shoulder. It had been injured by small shrapnel. My eight-year-old brother Firas was brought to the hospital after sustaining an injury to his forehead; his face was covered in blood. Wisam, my other six-year-old brother, was also brought to the hospital with an injury to his right hand. I also saw Mohammad; his right leg was injured,” explains Hussein.
“When I returned home, I found the windows on the east side of our house had been totally smashed,” says Hussein. “I was told that the explosion was caused by two missiles fired by a drone plane targeting the neighbouring house.”
3 June 2012