Gaza children bearing the brunt in conflict
Dateline: 16-19 May 2021
Date: 05/19/2021 07:55 PM
Gaza City - 16 May 2021
1. Pan left to a man carrying Suzy Ishkontana away after she was freed from under the rubble.
Gaza City - 19 May 2021
2. Suzy Ishkontana seen in silhouette, near a hospital window
3. Close of Suzy
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Zuhair Al-Jaro, pediatrician caring for Suzy Ishkontana:
"We admitted her to the hospital and she was really in shock. She is in constant shock. She refuses to speak, to eat, or drink. I think it's because she lost so many members of her family."
5. Various of Suzy Ishkontana on a hospital bed next to her father Riad Ishkontana
6. Wide shot of Gaza City during an airstrike
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Riad Ishkontana, father of rescued girl:
"Thank God they got me out of there. I was pulled out. My daughter was rescued from beneath the rubble five hours later. The rest of my children and my wife are all gone. They are martyrs."
8. Suzy on hospital bed next to her father
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Suzy Ishkontana hardly speaks or eats.
On Sunday, the 7-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble of what was once her family's home, destroyed amid a barrage of Israeli airstrikes.
She spent hours buried in the wreckage as her siblings and mother died around her.
For some, it's trauma they've seen repeatedly throughout their short lives.
This is the fourth time in 12 years that Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers have gone to war.
Each time, Israel has unleashed heavy airstrikes at the densely populated Gaza Strip as it vows to stop Hamas rocket barrages launched toward Israel.
Children are being subjected to extensive trauma in Israel's bombardment of the region.
The Ishkontana family was buried under the rubble of their home early Sunday, after massive bombing raids of downtown Gaza City that Israel said were targeting a Hamas tunnel network.
The strikes came without warning.