Muhammad al-Hadidi embraces his baby, Omar, as he lies on a bed in a hospital in Gaza City, crying for his wife and four children, who were martyred under the rubble of a house destroyed by violent Israeli bombardment, and he says, “I have nothing left but you in the world.”
Paramedics pulled the 5-month-old baby from the arms of his mother Maha Abu Hatab, 36, who was killed under the rubble of the house in the same way as her children Sohaib (13 years), Yahya (11 years), Abdul Rahman (8 years), and Osama (6 years) in The air strikes that targeted her brother’s house, which she was visiting on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.
The grieving father keeps his tears as he looks at his child, and says of his loved ones, “They went to our Lord, we do not want to stay here (alive), we will follow them you and I, Lord as long as we are.
The 37-year-old said, “My children put on Eid clothes, took their toys and went to their uncle’s house,” and continues, “They called me at night to ask permission to stay overnight there, so I agreed.”
After the violent bombing of the house in the alleys of the Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza, with 8 missiles, the father received a call from one of his neighbors informing him that the bombing targeted the house of his wife’s brother.
And he went quickly to the house, but found it turned into a rubble, and said, “I saw the ambulances remove the bodies from under the rubble.”
He concluded that his son Omar Muhammad Al-Hadidi is “a living martyr who came out alive from under the rubble. This is what we have left of the family members .. Praise be to God.”
The grieving father is waiting for his baby, who suffered 3 fractures in his right leg and wounds to his face, to leave the hospital.
A video clip spread on social networking sites of the father embracing the infant after he was surprised that he had survived.
Groping his child’s face, he continues, “all of my children have only breastfed the breast milk from their mother, except Umar refused to breastfeed from his mother, as if God is preparing something for us that we do not know,” in an implicit reference to the airstrike.
Al-Hadidi wipes his tears and says, “I will make sure to take care of him and raise him myself when we go home.”