12-01-23 Israeli carnage in Gaza wipes out family of American NGO professional
By Ray Hanania
Chicago -- All 14-year-old Siwar Almadhoun wanted to do was play basketball while her nine-year-old brother, Omar, dreamed of one day playing soccer.
But the dreams of the two young children were violently shattered in the early morning on Friday, November 24 while they slept when Israeli forces dropped massive bombs on their home in Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip.
Also killed in the indiscriminate Israeli carnage were their parents, Majed, 41, and Safa, 38, and two other children Reman, 18, who had just started college, and Ali, 7, said Hani Almadhoun, Majed's brother and an American who supervises charitable fundraising for needy families for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA-USA) in Washington D.C. Only two of Majed's daughters, Roa and Salam, survived the onslaught because they were married living with their families in Rafah.
"Siwar, the basketball player. A 14-year-old girl. She loved basketball. The salt of this earth. A very sweet girl. She was killed. She did nothing. She was asleep just like her family. And half of her mom, only one half was recovered. Reman was recovered. Ali was recovered. ... their own cat was buried and killed next to them. They adopted a cat named Lucky, a very misfortunate name. They liked to call her Cici. She was killed between the two kids because they loved to play with her too much," Almadhoun, 42, told Arab News as he struggled through his grief.
"The only body that was found immediately was Omar. He flew through the window to the street 20 meters away. They went to bury him. They went to find Majed and my mom knew her son was there. She was grieving and then on top of that no ambulances, no bulldozers were able to come to remove this rubble."
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