Voices from The Rubble

As Gaza picks up the pieces, questions emerge about the killing of Palestinian civilians by Israeli troops. What one father witnessed

Kate Brooks

A scene of the devastation near a house in Jebel al-Kashif where Palestinians say three young girls were shot by an Israeli soldier. Two of the girls later died.

Standing with his grieving wife, Khaled Abed Rabu insists on showing the old report cards of his 7-year-old daughter Suwad as if the fact that she was an excellent student makes her death any more unfair or inexplicable. He reads out the teacher's comments in a faltering voice. "See?" he says. "She was the best student in her class."

You can measure the destruction in Gaza by the number of bombs dropped or buildings flattened or the price to rebuild it all, but the real cost lies within people like Abed Rabu, whose pain and sense of loss are apparent from...

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