It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The small figure of Mariyah Amin lies in intensive care in a Gaza City hospital.
A fragment of shrapnel from an Israeli rocket has severed her spinal cord, and she will never move her arms or legs again.
In fact Mariyah will never even breathe again - at least not on her own.
Tubes link her to an artificial respirator, and every few seconds it fills her lungs. This is how it will have to be for the rest of her life - and she is only three years old.
Just a day earlier, Mariyah had been on her way across Gaza City to visit her auntie. Her whole family was in the car with her.
They were caught in the blast when the Israeli air force struck at a nearby vehicle carrying an Islamic Jihad militant.
Mariyah was not the only casualty.
Her five-year-old brother, Mohannad, her mother, Naimeh, and her grandmother, Hannan, are all dead.