Gazan mother mourns deaths of twin babies said killed in airstrike

This picture taken from a position in southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing over the territory on March 3, 2024. (Menahem KAHANA / AFP)
This picture taken from a position in southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing over the territory on March 3, 2024. (Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

As men searched for survivors beneath a Gaza home in Rafah believed to be hit by an Israeli airstrike, Rania Abu Anza gazes down at two children who did not survive: her infant twins.

The Palestinian woman says she went 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 says through tears as she clutches her lifeless babies, the face of one still spattered with blood.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry says the twins, Wissam and Naeem, not yet six months old, were among 14 people killed in the overnight strike in Rafah.

The IDF did not provide comment on the Rafah strike. Yesterday it said it struck a group of Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives who were gathered at a Hamas site in Rafah.

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