relatives of four-year-old
Yamin Abu Jabir found him
alive in hospital after they
spent four days looking for
his dead body with the belief
that he was killed along with the rest of his family.
The relatives were killed by an Israeli airstrike at their home
in al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.
Muhammad Jabir Abu, a cousin of Yamin’s father, said he
believed that the child was dead under the rubble, but he
was confused as bulldozers failed to find the child’s body
after digging in the rubble for four days.
Moving from one hospital to another across the Gaza Strip,
relatives finally found Yamin on the fifth day at Shifa
Hospital in Gaza City. His face was wrapped with a white
cloth and his hand was set in plaster, but fortunately a
relative approached him and recognized him.
Muhammad highlighted that his cousin’s family were
gathered on Tuesday, the second day of the Eid al-Fitr
holiday, in an attempt to create a positive atmosphere
which could soften the tension and fear caused by the
ongoing Israeli airstrikes everywhere in the coastal enclave.
However, he added, the good moments were interrupted by
an Israeli missile which killed 22 members of the family
leaving four-year-old Yamin alone as he turned out to be
the only survivor.
Neighbors and ambulance service officers who hurried to
evacuate the victims took Yamin to the Al-Aqsa Martys
Hospital in Deir al-Balah where he was admitted to an
intensive care unit.
He was then transferred to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City by a
young volunteer Muhammad Abu Zeid who escorted him
and remained attached to him hoping that some relative
would recognize him.
“When Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital was bombarded, and chaos
prevailed amongst medical staffs, I grabbed the child on my
own and took him to Shifa Hospital,” he said.
Abu Zeid highlighted that medics wrote the word
“unidentified” on Yamin’s file because nobody came to ask
The Israeli military offensive on Gaza has claimed the lives
of about 400 children in addition to thousands who were