Enlarge image

Destroyed Buildings in the Gaza Strip: Germans Among the Victims

Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / REUTERS

According to the German government, German citizens were probably killed in the Israel-Gaza war. "Unfortunately, we have to assume at this point in time that a German family is among the victims of the fighting in Gaza," the Foreign Office in Berlin said on Saturday. No further details were initially provided.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung reported, citing information from relatives, that a German family of six had been killed in an Israeli bombing raid on their home in Gaza on October 25.

Freshly completed specialist training

According to the newspaper report, it was the Abujadallah family, father, mother and four sons aged eleven, nine and three, as well as a baby in the first year of life. Yousef Abujadallah had learned the German language at the Goethe-Institut in Amman, Jordan, was trained as a specialist in Germany and received German citizenship in 2019.

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Yousef Abujadallah was supposed to start a job as an anesthesiologist in a Dortmund clinic on November 1. He had previously traveled to Gaza with his family, where he had bought a building plot.

The current conflict was triggered by the worst massacre in Israel's history, which was carried out by terrorists from the Islamist Palestinian organization Hamas and other extremist groups in Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip on October 7. More than 1200 people were killed. The subsequent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have now killed more than 17,400 people, according to the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health.