She had no idea that a quick trip to the beach, brief respite from the intensity of the Gaza summer, would end at the morgue.
Her children, irritated by the thickening heat, had been playing up all day and Noha Sais, 27, a mother-of-five, had lost her patience.
Over the last two summers, Gazans have only had just over four hours of electricity a day to power fans and cut through the punishing 40-degree heat.
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