Abuelaish poses for a picture with his children in his house in Jebaliya in May 2009, just prior to the war.
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A Palestinian doctor pleaded with Israel Tuesday to apologize for a 2009 tank-shell strike on his Gaza home that killed three of his daughters and a niece in the final days of the first Israel-Hamas war.The doctor was a well-known figure in Israel even before the first of what would be three wars between Israel and Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers over six years.Abuelaish moved easily between two worlds, living in the Gaza town of Jebaliya but working in one of Israel's biggest hospitals. In early January 2009, Israeli ground forces moved into Gaza, including the doctor's neighborhood, and over the next two weeks fired heavily, demolishing homes they said were thought to serve as Hamas positions.
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