Khuza’a, a village in Khan Younis, was one of the many villages attacked during Israel’s ground invasion and aerial bombardment of Gaza in July and bore witness to horrific incidents of brutality. Two paramedics with the Palestine Red Crescent Society branch in Khan Younis share what they experienced during the few hours they were allowed to work in the village.
Forty-four-year-old Gaza farmer Shehda Al-Najjar tells the story of how he was shot and left bleeding for hours by Israeli forces in July.
Many of the Israeli attacks launched on Gaza this summer targeted innocent civilians inhabitants who lost their basic rights, homes, and in thousands of cases, their lives or the lives of their family members. Gaza is now in ruins once again, its people still suffering heavily even though the bombs have stopped.
Omar Mohammed Shaheen, a father of four, describes what it was like returning to his neighborhood in Beit Lahiya, Gaza after taking shelter in an UNRWA school during Israel’s latest assault.
Sadness and shock were all I could feel when I entered the hospital room of the three Wahdan children, all seriously injured by an Israeli airstrike. The Wahdan family was one of the many that fled from border areas in Gaza in search of safer shelter only to be followed by Israeli warplanes.
The war went on for more than a month, the longest and harshest war the Palestinian people have witnessed. Innocent people were killed, houses were bombed, and people are still taking shelter at United Nations schools. For them it’s the only place where they can stay.
"A phone call. A 12 second phone call, to be more precise. A 12 second phone call has put 10 entire families on the street. A 12 second phone call forced grandmothers and grandfathers to abandon their home of 50+ years, the home where they raised their children, and where their children raised their children."
"Death attacks once again. It’s as though our life has become a recurring nightmare. I lost my husband and four of my children during the 2008 Israeli assault on Gaza. They shelled our house, leaving me and my four girls to collect the shattered pieces of our life. I now live in Sheja’eyeh, a neighborhood in southern Gaza that has witnessed continuous attacks and shelling since the beginning of this new assault."
“I’m talking to you and I’m expecting to die at any moment. You can’t imagine how hard life is here now,” says 24-year-old Ala’a Hammouda from Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza. “Bombs are everywhere. Everyone is a target for them. Children, old people, mosques, schools. You don’t feel safe anywhere.”