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Palestinian Karate Champion Dies After Israeli Airstrikes Hit Her Home and Delay Treatment

Palestinian Karate champion Nagham Abu Samrah succumbed to her wounds and died almost a month after she was severely injured in an Israeli attack on Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp on Dec. 17. 

The Israeli airstrike on her home severely injured Nagham to a point where she had to amputate her leg and was left in critical condition. She slipped into a coma before she died at the al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Gaza on Jan. 14. 

Nagham was going to be evacuated to Egypt for better treatment but could not make it on time after Israeli forces refused to grant her permission to cross the border, which likely led to her death. 

The 24-year-old Karate champion was her father Marwan Abu Samrah’s only “glimmer of hope,” after losing his wife to cancer a week before the Israeli onslaught in Gaza began. 

A week before Nagham’s death, her father reportedly sought international support to facilitate his daughter’s treatment in the wake of a massive shortage of medical facilities in Gaza due to the Israeli regime’s blockade on the Gaza Strip. 

“I am ruined. Nagham is my life and spirit,” her father said. He further expressed that his daughter wanted to inspire generations of young girls to pursue Karate.

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