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Omar Misharawi, Gaza Strike Victim, First Picture Of 11-Month-Old Baby Published

11/15/2012 06:24 pm 18:24:36

A picture of the 11-month-old son of a BBC picture editor killed in a Gaza strike has been tweeted by Middle East Bureau Chief Paul Danahar.

A picture of his grief-stricken father, BBC Arabic picture editor Jihad Misharawi, holding his shrouded body aloft was shared across the world on Thursday.

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The parents of Omar Misharawi cradle their son at his funeral

Mr Misharawi's sister-in-law was killed and his brother was seriously injured in the attack.

He told BBC Arabic: "What did my son to to die like this? What was his mistake? What did he do?"

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Jihad Misharawi weeps as he holds the body of his 11-month-old son Omar following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City

BBC Foreign Editor Jon Williams this morning tweeted an image of the tragedy and a message of thanks to everyone who had sent condolences to his colleague.

The strikes came after Hamas's top military commander Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari was killed in Gaza on Wednesday.

Thirteen Palestinians were killed in the ensuring Israeli operation, the BBC reports, although it is unknown if Mr Misharawi's son and sister-in-law are included in this figure.

On Thursday morning three Israelis were killed after rockets were fired from Gaza.

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