Four children among six Canadians killed in Israeli attack on Lebanon
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Saja Al-Akhrass (8), Zeinab Al-Akhrass (6), Ahmad Al-Akhrass (4), and Salam Al-Akhrass (11 months) were in Lebanon for a summer holiday, visiting their extended family. They were killed when their house collapsed after being struck by an Israeli bombardment. Their parents, 36-year-old Ali Al-Akhrass and his wife Amira (23) were also killed in the attack. The family were residents of Montreal.
Six others were reported wounded in the attack.
"I lost my brother, I lost my sister, my nephew, the family of my nephew, my aunt, my uncle. Oh God," said Hussain El-Akras, brother of one of the victims. He told a Montreal news conference Monday that his family were begging the government of Canada to "put pressure on Israel to stop this barbaric behaviour."
The Israeli military statement on the incident said "The responsibility for any civilian casualties rests entirely with the Hezbollah terrorist organization" and "The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) requested and warned residents of the area not to stay within range of the launch sites". Israel says that Hezbollah disperses its weaponry among supporters in residential neighborhoods to avoid being targeted by the much larger, better-equipped Israeli Defense Forces.
- Reuters. "Israel blames Hizbollah after Canadian deaths" — , July 18,2006
- Dene Moore. "Relatives of Montreal family killed in Israeli raids demand inquiry" — , July 18,2006
- CTV News Staff. "Montreal relatives of slain family beg for support" — , July 18,2006
- "Day-by-day: Lebanon crisis - week two" — , 20 July,2006