Al Jazeera broadcast the moment its office director received… Gaza strip Wael Al-Dahdouh reported the news of the martyrdom of members of his family, while he was at the helm of his work covering the developments of the bloody Israeli war, which is about to end its 19th day.
At the beginning of the video clip, colleague Wael Al-Dahdouh can be heard wondering what happened while those around him were wary, before a person – whose identity is not yet known – called him and told him that his daughter was with him on the call.
He heard the voice of his daughter Kholoud telling him that the Israeli occupation army had targeted the place they were in. She indicated that she had left the place and did not know exactly what had happened.
Walid Al-Omari explains
For his part, Al Jazeera’s Palestine bureau director, Walid Al-Omari, said that he was waiting for his turn on the air live after Al-Dahdouh, when the latter received news that his family members had been targeted, and the broadcast was interrupted after that.
Al-Omari explained that as soon as he finished speaking on air, he received a phone call from colleague Raed Fakih – one of Al-Jazeera’s employees in Doha – during which he informed him that the house that housed the Al-Dahdouh family had been targeted by occupation aircraft.
Al-Omari said that the news was shocking, before he had difficulty communicating with the two colleagues in the Gaza office, Hisham Zaqout and Khaled Labad, as he learned from them that the colleague Wael did not yet know the extent of the injury that had befallen his family.
The Dahdouh family also mourned Al-Jazeera journalist Tamer Al-Mashal – preparer and presenter of the program “What is Hidden is Greater” – live during an intervention from the Al-Jazeera studio, where he could not control himself and shed tears for the one he described as a “brother, friend, and lover” after he had worked with him for many years in the office. Gaza.
Details of the bombing
The bombing targeted the Al-Dahdouh and Awad families in the southern Gaza Valley, specifically in the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip, and the place is among the areas to which the occupation demanded that Gaza residents go.
Our colleague Wael seemed coherent and believed in God’s will and destiny, when he was consoling his family members, and he said that the tears that were shed were “humanitarian tears, not tears of cowardice and collapse, so let the occupation army lose heart.”
In an interview with Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in Gaza, colleague Hisham Zaqout, colleague Al-Dahdouh said, “It is clear that the series of targeting children, women and civilians continues, and I spoke about the Israeli raids that targeted all areas, including the Nuseirat area.”
He added, “We had some doubts that the Israeli occupation would not leave these people unpunished, and unfortunately this is what happened, and this is the area that the (moral) occupation said was safe.”
The Israeli bombing resulted in the death of our colleague Wael’s wife, his son Mahmoud (17 years old), his daughter Sham (7 years old), and his grandson, while Al Jazeera Media Network offered, in an official statement, its sincere condolences and great sympathy to our colleague Wael Al-Dahdouh.
The network strongly condemned the targeting and killing of innocent civilians in Gaza, and urged the international community to intervene urgently to put an end to the barbaric attacks. It also held the Israeli authorities responsible for the safety of its correspondents and crews in Gaza.