Devastated family remembers cheerful boy cut down by Israeli fire on Gaza beach
The day before he was killed, “Ismail came home carrying fresh fish
and began joking with his brothers and sisters. He seemed unusually
cheerful and happy,” his mother Sahar Baker told The Electronic Intifada
at her home in Gaza’s Beach Camp just twenty-four hours after her son’s brutal slaying.
“I asked him, my son, why did you go to the beach while the situation
is dangerous? He answered, we were playing as we wanted to play, why
should we be afraid?” Sahar said.
Ismail Muhammad Baker, nine years old, was killed along with his
cousins Ahed Atif Baker and Zakaria Ahed Baker, both ten years old, and
eleven-year-old Muhammad Ramiz Baker when Israeli fire targeted them on a
beach near Gaza City’s seaport on 16 July.