Family with disabled children among hundreds of Gaza’s homeless after latest fighting with Israel
Members of the Nabhan family, including three sisters with special needs, sit in front of the ruins of their home, which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Jabaliya, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, May 14, 2023. The airstrike left 42 members of the extended family homeless. It also left four children with special needs without their wheelchairs, crutches and medical equipment needed to move about. Israel says the building was used as a command center by the Islamic Jihad militant group. The two sides reached a cease-fire Saturday to end five days of fighting.

“With minutes to spare, the neighbors carried Nabhan’s 24-year-old daughter, Ayat, who can’t walk, Areej, 18, who suffers from epilepsy and walking difficulties, and 14-year-old Haneen, who has a chronic illness and movement issues, from the ground-floor apartment. They went upstairs and carried out her son Jalal, who also uses a wheelchair. After the bombing, the family worked late into the night sifting through the rubble, but was unable to recover Ayat’s and Jalal’s wheelchairs, Haneen’s crutches or the correction belt of a 3-year-old niece, who has a deformity in her leg.” More of the story by: Fares Akram, Associated Press here.