Layan,9, lost some family members after her home was destroyed in Khan Younis. Credit: AP/ITV News

Nine-year-old Palestinian girl pulled from rubble says the ‘dead are the lucky ones’

A nine-year-old Palestinian girl pulled from rubble of her Khan Younis home told ITV News that the “dead are the lucky ones”.

Layan lost her father and only brother after their home was destroyed in a new wave of Israeli air strikes on southern Gaza on Thursday morning.

An earlier video shows how the girl was pulled from the rubble of the multi-storey home.

ITV News found her later, in the halls of the nearby Nasser hospital, where she was grieving the loss of her family members.

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“I lost my only brother, my only brother, I lost him too soon,” Layan told ITV News. “The dead are the lucky ones, what could I say.”

Her mother is badly injured while the rest of her extended family is still stuck under the rubble.

The nine-year-old added: “Oh people, believe me, I lost all my family once I woke up. May God help me.

“I want my family back, they are so dear to me.”

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