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Justin Amash confirms the deaths of his relatives in Gaza

Former US congressional representative Justin Amash said several of his relatives were killed in Thursday’s Israeli air strike on a Greek Orthodox church in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Amash, saying that the Palestinian Christian community has been through a lot and her family is suffering badly, wrote on social media platform X the following:

I was really worried about this. With great sadness, I have now confirmed that several of my relatives were killed at Saint Porphyrius Orthodox Church in Gaza, where they had been sheltering, when part of the complex was destroyed as…

Palestinian authorities said at least 500 Muslims and Christians had taken refuge from Israeli bombardments at the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrius, while Gaza’s health ministry said 16 Palestinian Christians had been killed, as well as dozens of Muslims.

Amash, a Palestinian-American, represented the state of Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican from 2011 to 2021.

A vocal critic of former Republican President Donald Trump, Amash left the party in 2019 before joining the Libertarian Party.

Israel launched a devastating and indiscriminate bombing campaign against Gaza after the Hamas’ attack on 7 October. It has killed more than 4,100 Palestinians, most of them women and children, and left more than a million Palestinians homeless.


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