Tariq and Manal Hamouda are in disbelief over the loss of three generations of their family, which occurred thousands of miles away in the violence of the siege in Gaza. The Palestinian Americans residing in Maple Grove, Minnesota, say it’s been over a week since they learned 42 of their relatives had been killed in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, and they still cannot completely comprehend the news.
Hamouda reports that his wife, whose maiden name is Saqallah, lost four brothers, a sister, and the majority of their children when two explosions obliterated the Saqallah family compound in the Sheikh Ejleen neighborhood of Gaza City on October 19. According to Hamouda and his family, it was an Israeli airstrike. Since October 7, Israel has launched numerous airstrikes against Gaza City, including multiple strikes that day. CNN is unable to corroborate independently that it was an Israeli strike. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) stated that it was unable to remark without the house’s coordinates. Fearing retribution, the family declined to provide CNN with the coordinates.