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Even as the violence escalates following the breakdown of Friday's ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, some Palestinian-Americans are slowly learning about family members affected by earlier incidents.

Like many Palestinian-Americans, Manteca's Mohammad Elfarra has been watching the news from Gaza closely, but the worst report came in the form of a phone call from a friend in the West Bank.

"He said, 'hey give me a call back. We just saw something on the news that reported a family of eight from the Elfarra family in the Gaza Strip in Khan Younis, which is our home town, that they were killed in one air strike,'" Elfarra recalled.

Soon other family members began confirming the reports.

"There's no words for it until you experience it," Elfarra said. "You have nothing that can describe that pain and that hurt."

Among the family members killed were a 12-year-old, an 8-year-old and a 4-year-old child.

"They were a very good family, very loving, had no desire other than to have a free and good life," Elfarra said.

Soon after talking to News10, Elfarra said he learned of a ninth family member who died from injuries sustained in the attack; he's worried about many more relatives still in the region.

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