“I saw my sister and her head was gone.”
Nothing Israel says can begin to explain why this carnage took place.
It sounds like a horror movie. But, this is life in Gaza.
"We were just playing in the sea. I know how to swim and we had all joined hands in a circle and were swimming and playing."
She goes on to describe the explosions that hit the family as they gathered their possessions and waited by a sandy beach road for a taxi to take them home.
"The first missile didn't hit me," she said. "I was only hit afterwards."* * *
As far as Hadil Ghalia's brother Ayham, 20, can remember, the shell came from the sea.* * *
"While we were on the beach we heard Israel launching missiles elsewhere, so we gathered our things and called the taxi," he said. "Suddenly the missile just landed right on us.
"My father was beside me, and his stomach was cut wide open and his guts were spilling out. I thought only he was hit, and I was calling to him but he did not answer.
"Then I looked around and saw the others. Some had their arms hanging off. I saw my sister and her head was gone," he said, referring to 15-year-old Elham, who was decapitated in the blast. Another sister, Reham, 16, is recovering in hospital where she has had both arms amputated.
Despite his grief, Ayham talks without rancour about Israel, and says he hopes that Palestinians and Israelis "can sit together and come to peace".Unfortunately, these are not the acts of a nation that wants peace.
This cannot go on much longer.