Israel admits its troops killed three daughters of Gaza doctor

The docotor was being interviewed by Israel's Channel 10 television when two tank shells hit his apartment, killing three of his eight children.

Israel admits its troops killed three daughters of Gaza doctor

Israel admitted on Wednesday that one of its tanks killed three girls whose father's cries on live television shocked viewers in the final days of the Gaza offensive, but defended the killing was "reasonable".

An Israeli army (IDF) investigation found that two tank shells were fired at a building housing the apartment of Izz el-Deen Aboul Aish on Jan. 16 -- two days before the end of its assault on the Gaza Strip.

"Investigations were held on many levels ... the conclusions found that two shells were fired from an IDF tank resulting in the death of Dr Aboul Aish's daughters," a statement said.

Israel's Jan. 6 shelling of more than 40 Palestinians trying to find shelter at a U.N. school was internationally condemned, but the case of the doctor's daughters gained more attention in Israeli media.

Aboul Aish said he knew from the start that his daughters had been killed by Israeli fire.

"Thank God the truth has been revealed," said the Hebrew-speaking gynaecologist.

"I was always sure that my case was just," Aboul Aish told Reuters by phone.

He was being interviewed by Israel's Channel 10 television when two tank shells hit his apartment, killing three of his eight children.

Two others were injured as was he, and they were taken to hospitals in Israel. The doctor's brother was also killed as were two nephews in the shelling. His wife had died of cancer three years ago.

"My girls, oh God, they have killed my girls," cried Abu al-Aish, the doctor, as a shocked-looking Channel 10 reporter held his mobile phone to the microphone during a live broadcast.

Israel killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, a third of them children in the 22-day military aggression on Gaza and wounded 5,300 Palestinians, and Gaza infrastructure suffered massive damage totaling at least 476 million dollars, according to Palestinian medics and officials.


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