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

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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.

Baby Omar Misharawi was killed on Wednesday after his family home was struck in an Israeli air strike.

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.


Paul Danahar
This was Jihad's 11 month old son Omar who was killed in yesterday when a shell came through the roof

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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?"

The little boy was buried on Thursday, in accordance with Muslim tradition.

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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.


Jon Williams
Thanks to all for condolences to Jihad after death of 11 month old son. team now in to support him & family.

Paul Adams
Spare a thought for Omar, 11-month son of our BBC Arabic Service colleague in Gaza, killed in today's Israeli air strike.

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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