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Appeal For Family Hit In Israeli Attack

Appeal For Family Hit In Israeli Attack

On June 9th, 2006, the Ghalia family was severely hit in an Israeli attack, during a picnic on the Gaza beach. The incident received worldwide attention mostly due to the horrifying video footage taken minutes later of devastated Huda Ghalia (11 y.o.) next to the dead body of her father, Ali (43 y.o.).

In the attack, 7 family members were killed (Ali 43, his wife Raisa 36, their children: Haytham 8 months, Hanadi 2, Sabrin 7, Ilham 17, Alia 24) and 7 more were injured (Hamida, Amane 22, Ayham 17.5, Adham 12, Huda 10, Hadil 6, Latifa 4). The family has already been hit in the past as result of the ongoing Israeli shelling into civilian neighbourhoods of the densely populated Gaza strip. On January 4th, 2005, an Israeli shell killed 8 and injured 5 in the family's strawberry field. Nine of the 13 were members of the family.

The family has literally lost everything: most of the working men are either dead or injured, enormous amounts of money are being spent daily on the medical treatment and on the special needs for the many wounded and handicapped, and the family agricultural land is inaccessible due to repeated bombings.

All of these are in addition to the general situation in Gaza, which include constant closure by air, sea or land, lack of electricity during most of the day, inadequate medical care and medical supplies, lack of food and more.

We urge you to help the family as the financial situation is desperate

Although the wide media attention around the beach catastrophe and a great deal of promises for assistance from all over the world - up until today no money at all was given. Not even to cover the ambulance expenses for transferring the wounded to Israeli & Egyptian hospitals for emergency life saving operations. The expenses are listed below.

How to Donate

By Checks: Made payable to Yaacov Manor P.O.Box 1335, Kfar Saba 44113, Israel

Bank Transfer: Hapoalim Bank, Branch 679, Account 119442 Swift # Poalilit 000000119442

We'd appreciate it if you also notify us by email when making a donation

For any question regarding donations, their purpose or getting in touch with the family, please don't hesitate to contact by: * ghaliafamily@gmail.com +972-52-3604814 (Ronnie)

A few words about us: We are close friends of Ramadan Ghalia and the rest of the family. This call for donation is being passed across on behalf of the family and by their request. The situation in Gaza does not allow this initiative to be directly carried out from there.

Summary of expenses paid for by the family: * $2500 - Ambulance fees. * $1000 - Treatment in Egypt of 3 of the wounded. * $100/day per person - Rehabilitation treatment for each of the wounded. Some are expected to need over 6 months of treatment! * Very high costs, amount unknown - Further operations abroad. * Living expenses for those who are unable to work, their family members and the orphans.

Summary of the injured & their injuries: * Hamida, the family mother. Acute hand injury. * Amani, 23 and mother of 2. One hand amputated and severe internal injury. * Ayham, 17½. Severe injuries in legs, abdomen, shoulder and hand. * Adham, 12½. Facial, abdomen and multiple knee injuries. Requires operation and rehabilitation abroad on his injured leg. * Huda, 10. Injured in leg. * Hadil, 6. Severe neck injury. Lost both her parents and staying with her step mother and the remaining step brothers and sisters. * Latifa, 4. Head and leg injuries. * Aysa, 13. Son of Ramadan Ghalia, injured during the 2005 attack. Both his legs were amputated, went through several operations and long hospitalization in Gaza, Israel and Iran.

(All those severely injured require rehabilitation for prolonged periods of time in order to get back some operational skills of the limbs. Most of them will need further treatment including several operations abroad, which needless to say are costly)

"Last year, Jan 4th 2005, my son was hit by IDF shelling in a family strawberry field. He was 12 years old at the time. Four of my nephews were killed in this attack. Both of my son's legs were amputated. He's been hospitalized for 17 days in Gaza, 2 more months in Jerusalem and 4 more months in Iran, where all attempts made to install prosthesis for him have failed.

Recently, on June 9th 2006 the Gaza beach was shelled. My brother, his wife and 5 of their children were killed. Among them were 7 wounded family members, 4 of which are currently hospitalized in Egypt, 2 in Beer-Sheva and one in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Ayham, my niece who is hospitalized here in Tel-Aviv, is treated in the Intensive Care Unit since June 10th and until this day.

Here I am at the Tel-Aviv hospital for the past 3 months, while my 12 children + 7 of my brother's children who have survived are in Gaza and under my responsibility. I cannot stay here any longer after taking care of Ayham for the past 3 months and there is no one who will take care of my family and the ones dependent on me.

I have no water at home, no electricity, nothing. They have destroyed my house, my family and my life."

Ramadan Ghalia (Abu Fathi) 8 Sep 2006

Ramadan is brother of the deceased Ali Ghalia and eldest remaining brother of the family. He is now responsible for sustaining the lives of 3 families (his own, his brother's and his niece's)

Links to further information and pictures are online here: http://ghaliafamily.brinkster.net

~ Thank You, Shukran!

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