Muntasser Bakr, an eleven-year-old Palestinian boy who lost four of his relatives when two Israeli missiles slammed into a beach during the 50-day July-August Gaza war, sits at his computer on December 24, 2014 in Gaza City. (AFP/MAHMOUD HAMS)
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Muntasser survived an Israeli strike on Gaza this summer which killed his young brother and three cousins. Five months and a suicide attempt later the Palestinian boy remains haunted by the memory.Just a week into the deadly 50-day July-August war, two Israeli missiles slammed into a beach in Gaza City where Muntasser Bakr, 11, was playing football with relatives.The fighting, which lasted for six weeks after the beach strike, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and wounded more than 10,000 .In the densely populated coastal enclave, where more than half of the 1.8 million population is aged 14 and under, children paid a terrible price. Since the bombing, Muntasser is "in another world" and refuses to go to school, the father adds.Health professional Samir Zaqqut says the children of Gaza have been too traumatized to live a normal life.
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