Israeli occupation has made contradictory claims in an effort to try to excuse the massacre of the Sawarka family at Deir al-Balah in besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday November 14th.
Missiles fired from US-made F-16 jet fighters left only craters on the places of the houses and killed 8 members of the families and wounded 13. Among the dead are 5 children and two women, while 11 children are among the wounded.
The brothers Rasmi and Muhammed Sawarka Abu Malhous lived from sheep-herding and their houses built from metal sheets had no electricity or running water, and they had not been able to send all their older children to schools.
Different representatives of Israeli occupation forces have claimed both that they bombed the houses made from tin sheets believing that they ‘were empty” and that they targeted “infrastructure”, not people, while claiming also that claimed that the target of the bombing was an Islamic Jihad commander Rasmi Abu Malhous, who is a namesake of one of the brothers who lived in the houses with their families.
Neighbours of the family said that the photograph of the Islamic Jihad commander spread on Twitter by Israeli occupation showed a different man and said that it was absurd to think that the leader of a rocket unit of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing would live in a shanty made of tin sheets while earning his living from herding sheep.
70-year-old Silmiyyah Sawarkah, matriarch of the family, is now looking after some of his surviving grand-children and is desperate how to survibe with them:
“The children will live with me, my sons, both martyred and the wounded one, suffered from financial difficulties, they lived in plastic houses, and could not send all their children to school. I don’t know how to provide food and the basic needs for them. This is too much for me!”
Meanwhile both the United Nations and the European Union have asked Israel’s regime to investigate itself for the massacre.
(Source / 17.11.2019)