6:53 a.m. ET, November 29, 2023
Grandfather takes CNN to his home in Gaza, where his beloved granddaughter died in an airstrike
By CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh, Florence Davey-Attlee and Abeer Salman
Khaled Nabhan at his home on November 27.
For almost seven weeks, most residents of the Gaza Strip have simply tried to survive, focusing on the essentials: finding shelter, fleeing the fighting, having access to food and water.
The pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas has given many families in Gaza the opportunity to go out, buy supplies and return home to collect their belongings or even bury the bodies of their loved ones.
For many Gazans like Khaled Nabhan, the truce has also deepened their grief as they take stock of their devastated new surroundings. Weeks of airstrikes and fighting have razed entire neighborhoods and many can now see for the first time the scale of the devastation.
Toys and memories are all she has left of her beloved grandchildren, Reem, 3, and Tarek, 5, who were killed last week while sleeping in their bed.
Their home was destroyed by what Nabhan described as an Israeli airstrike nearby in the Al Nuseirat refugee camp in southern Gaza. Nabhan has just managed to return after the break in fighting.
In the dilapidated bedroom of their Gaza home, Nabhan showed CNN where his daughter Maysa – Reem and Tarek’s mother – was sleeping when the house collapsed. Maysa and her sister survived but were seriously injured.
Maysa woke up in the hospital to learn that her young children were gone. Their lifeless bodies were found together under the rubble.
“In the hospital, I was just numb. I hugged them, I wanted to get as many hugs as possible. No matter how much I hugged them, I couldn’t get enough,” Maysa said.
More than 14,800 Palestinians, including 6,000 children, have been killed in Gaza since Israel launched its offensive in response to the Hamas terrorist attacks on October 7, according to figures from the Palestinian Health Ministry in the West Bank, which draws its Hamas data. -manage the health authorities in the Gaza Strip.
Learn more about Nabhan’s story here.