Read What Happened when Palestinian Children were Killed in front of a Hotel full of Journalists

Al Deira Hotel is regularly used by Western journalists when they travel to the Gaza Strip. Correspondents say that they are attracted by its good food, consistent wi-fi connections, and, most importantly,...
The mother of one of the four Palestinian children from the Baker family, who medics said were killed by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat, grieves outside the morgue in Gaza City July 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly)

Al Deira Hotel is regularly used by Western journalists when they travel to the Gaza Strip. Correspondents say that they are attracted by its good food, consistent wi-fi connections, and, most importantly, the fact that it is open (many other hotels in Gaza have closed in recent years).

One more selling point, however, is its location. The hotel has a terrace that allows views of the beach and the Mediterranean Sea. Wednesday afternoon, unfortunately, it offered something different: A chance to witness the death of  four children.

Mohammed Baker (aged 9), Ahed Baker (aged 10), Zakaria Baker (aged 10), and Mohammed Baker (aged 11) were playing on the beach when an Israeli missile or shell landed near them and they were killed. Israel has targeted dozens of locations in the Gaza Strip since the latest round of hostilities broke out. However, thanks to Al Deira, this attack was different: Not only was an attack on the beach hard to justify militarily, it was also witnessed by a large number of foreign journalists.

Read More, at The Washington Post article by Adam Taylor.

 

Gaza — ©REUTERS

Gaza — ©REUTERS

 

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