According to testimonies given to B'Tselem, on 3 January, soldiers called to ‘Atiya a-Samuni to come out of his house, in a-Zeitun, Gaza City. When he approached the door, soldiers opened fire, killing him. The soldiers continued firing, wounding a number of relatives, among them an infant who died from his wounds. ‘Attiyah's son, Farj a-Samuni, described the event in a video testimony he gave to B'Tselem:
Removal of the two bodies from the Samuni family compound, a-Zeitun, Gaza City. Photo: Muhammad Sabah, 18 January 2009.