In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Al Jazeera’s chief correspondent in the Gaza Strip, Wael Dahdouh, found himself at the centre of a tragedy while broadcasting live images of the besieged territory’s night sky. On a fateful Wednesday, Dahdouh received devastating news that his wife, son, and daughter had all been killed in an Israeli airstrike.
As Dahdouh continued to broadcast the live images, the unthinkable news reached him, leaving him in a state of shock and anguish.
Moments later, the satellite channel switched from the darkened sky to the grim reality of Dahdouh entering al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza. The world watched as grief overtook him as he peered over the lifeless body of his son.
“They take revenge on us in our children?” Dahdouh uttered in despair, his voice filled with anguish as he knelt over his son’s bloodied body.
The family of Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau chief Wael Dahdouh has been killed in an Israeli attack at the Al Nuseirat Camp in central Gaza, where they had forcibly evacuated to shelter from Israeli bombardments ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/ya64Lgunbp
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Tragically, the Dahdouh family’s suffering did not end with this unbearable loss. Al Jazeera reported that Dahdouh’s grandson was also declared dead just two hours later, adding to the unfathomable grief that has engulfed their family.
The Israeli airstrike, which resulted in the loss of Dahdouh’s loved ones, reportedly hit Al Nuseirat Camp in central Gaza, where they had forcibly evacuated to shelter from Israeli bombardments.
The loss suffered by Wael Dahdouh, a seasoned journalist, resonates with the broader tragedy experienced by many Palestinian families, highlighting the urgency of finding a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict in the region.
(With inputs from media reports)