Remembering the Gaza Beach Explosion of 2006
The Gaza beach explosion was an incident that took place on June 9th, 2006 in which 8 Palestinians were killed and at least 30 others were injured in an explosion on a beach near Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip.
On June 9th 2006, between 4:31 and 4:50 p.m., Israeli artillery and a navy gunboat fired 8 artillery shells at the beach, with 2 shells landing 200 metres away from the Ghaliya family, leading to a depressing and heartbreaking story. 7 members of the Ghaliya family were killed in the explosion- Ali, 43; Raisa, 36; Alia, 24; Ilham, 15; Sabrin, 7; Hanadi, 2; and Haytham, 8 months. The survivors of the Ghaliya family inlcuded a young girl named Huda, her mother, Hamia, and an elder sister. The aftermath of the incident was captured on video (above) and showed a distressed young girl, Huda Ghaliya, reacting to the killing of her family members.
This video received much media attention, making the young girl a symbol of Palestinian suffering.