Son of BBC Arabic man dies in air strike

Jehad Masharawi is interviewed by BBC Arabic Jehad Masharawi is interviewed by BBC Arabic

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The baby son of a BBC Arabic picture editor has been killed during Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

Eleven month old Omar, the son of Jehad Masharawi, died on Wednesday after shrapnel hit the journalist's home.

Masharawi's sister-in-law was also killed in the attack, which left his brother and four-year old son Ali critically injured.

Interviewed by BBC Arabic tv after the tragic event, the young father said: 'What did my son do to die like this? What was his mistake? What did he do?'

In a message to Global News staff, Liliane Landor, controller of World Service Languages, said Omar had died in hospital of severe burns to his body.

'Our thoughts are with Jehad and his family,' she said. 'We're doing everything we can to support them and make sure they're being looked after.'

Jon Williams, World editor, said: 'This is a particularly difficult moment for the whole bureau in Gaza. We're fortunate to have such a committed and courageous team there. It's a sobering reminder of the challenges facing many of our colleagues.'

Fifteen Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes, while three Israelis were killed by rocket fire from Gaza as cross-border violence intensifies.

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