Girl seriously injured in Iran’s missile attack sees slight improvement to condition

The seven-year-old who was hit by shrapnel from an intercepted ballistic missile is now breathing on her own but remains in intensive care

Mohamad Hassouna points to a hole in the roof of a building caused by a projectile that injured his 7-year-old daughter Amina at their Bedouin village, in the southern Negev desert, on April 14, 2024. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Mohamad Hassouna points to a hole in the roof of a building caused by a projectile that injured his 7-year-old daughter Amina at their Bedouin village, in the southern Negev desert, on April 14, 2024. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba reported an improvement on Saturday in the condition of a seven-year-old girl who was seriously wounded by shrapnel during the Iranian missile and drone attack on Israel last weekend.

The girl, Amina Hassouna, from a Bedouin town near Arad, was breathing on her own on Saturday, according to the hospital, which still listed her in serious condition. Despite her slight improvement, the girl remained in pediatric intensive care.

Hassouna was injured when shrapnel from an intercepted ballistic missile fell directly on her family’s home early Sunday.

Iran had launched more than 300 drones, rockets and missiles, the vast majority of which were struck down by Israel and its allies in its first-ever direct attack on Israeli territory.

Hassouna was the only serious casualty in the attack.

“I don’t know what happened,” her father Mohamed told Channel 13 on the night she was injured. “We were all asleep. We have no bomb shelter and no protection. We heard sirens and then something hit the house and her mother noticed that she was wounded.”

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The Iranian barrage came in response to a strike in Damascus on April 1, blamed on Israel, that killed seven Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps members including two generals.

Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Eight other people with minor injuries were brought into Soroka, some of whom, like Amina, had been hit by shrapnel. The hospital did not provide further details but confirmed that some of the eight people were hurt in the same incident in which the girl was severely injured.

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