Wael Dahdouh, the Palestinian journalist whose wife and children were killed by Israeli airstrikes, has shared a video on his social media, saying he won’t stop reporting on Gaza despite his loss.
Dahdouh, who is Al Jazeera Arabic’s bureau chief in Gaza, lost his wife, seven-year-old daughter Sham and 15-year-old Mahmoud after an Israeli airstrike on AL Nuseirat refugee camp south of Wadi Gaza on Wednesday Oct.25.
Dahdouh had moved his family from Gaza City to the refugee camp, after Israel ordered Palestinians to evacuate south for their safety.
He had remained behind to report on the cover Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, according to Al Jazeera.
However, his family were still killed in the “safe” area.
Dahdouh was seen crying and touching the face of his son, Mahmoud, and cradling the body of his daughter, Sham at the morgue at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir el-Balah.
Two hours later, Dahdouh’s grandson was also declared dead.
Some members of his family, including a toddler granddaughter, survived the attack at on the house at the refugee camp.
In a video shared on his social media accounts the day after on Thursday Oct. 26, Dahdouh pledged to keep on reporting Gaza.
In the video, he thanked people for their support and prayers, saying that they were very important.
He said it was his duty to get back to work as quickly as possible, despite everything.
“As you can see, the firing is ongoing everywhere. There are airstrikes and artillery shelling, and things continue to develop,” he said as air raid sirens began blaring in the background.
“I felt that it was my duty, despite the pain and the open wound, to get back in front of the camera, and to communicate with you on social media as soon as possible,” Dahdouh said, before thanking everyone and asking people to keep Palestinians in their prayers.