Middle East

Gaza father seeks Israeli apology for killing of 3 daughters

FILE - In this May 7, 2009 file photo, Palestinian Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish poses for a picture with his children in his house in Jebaliya, northern Gaza Strip. Dr. Abuelaish has made an emotional appeal to Israel to apologize for killing three of his daughters and a niece in a 2009 shelling attack on his Gaza home, speaking on the eve of a hearing in his civil suit, urged the state Tuesday to "take responsibility." (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

FILE - In this May 7, 2009 file photo, Palestinian Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish poses for a picture with his children in his house in Jebaliya, northern Gaza Strip. Dr. Abuelaish has made an emotional appeal to Israel to apologize for killing three of his daughters and a niece in a 2009 shelling attack on his Gaza home, speaking on the eve of a hearing in his civil suit, urged the state Tuesday to "take responsibility." (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Palestinian doctor has pleaded with Israel to apologize for killing three of his daughters and a niece in a 2009 shelling attack on his Gaza home.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, struggling to compose himself at a news conference on Tuesday, urged "officials who live in denial to take responsibility."

His loss was seared into the memory of many Israelis. On Jan. 16, 2009, during an Israel-Hamas war, Abuelaish phoned an Israeli journalist live on the air, moments after the deadly strike, to plead for help in evacuating the wounded.

In 2010, Abuelaish filed a civil suit, seeking an apology and compensation from Israel. A court hearing is set for Wednesday.

Israel has said it bears no responsibility for the war-time incident. Israel reportedly now alleges that the doctor's home contained a weapons cache.