“The situation is indescribable on the ground. We have passed through many wars, but we did never experienced this massive distruction, random targets to full neighborhoods, with and without warning at times.”
31 years old and mother of two children, speaks to us directly from
Gaza Strip. She takes several hours to send her testimony to us
because, with her whole family, she’s keeping on moving looking for
a place to take shelter. Israel has said to 1 million Gaza people to
evacuate the North of the Strip, but they do not know where to take
morning at 6 am, we woke up with the sounds of bombs everywhere. I
tried to grab as many things as I could, basic necessities, for me
and the children, and we left as soon as we could. No one can imagine
the frustration and madness in which we were, we left so many things
knows if we will ever be able to come back home!”
the escalation of violence that started last Saturday with Hamas
attack in Israel and which went on with military response and “total
siege” declaration, the situation in Gaza Strip rapidly plummed.
on neighbourhoods left in darkness, whole building reduced to rubble.
Water, oil and energy were cut off to population. A situation which,
the Foreign Affairs Minister Israel Katz, will not come to an end
until all the hostages taken to Gaza are released.
three days bombings where not in the block. Then on Monday evening
started to evacuate all the surrounding areas.
stayed in the basement and I wish we had left, only
God kept us alive the next day. The
amount of bombs dropped in the neighborhood is unbearable, and
the purpose to
leave us completely destroyed,
not bombs that would just break a door or window, they are
destroy and kill everything around!” She
says. “We are running against time to save our lives seeking a safe
or secure livable place. Most schools are fully packed and
some have been targeted same as hospitals fully packed.”
Friday 13th they left again. It is impossible to escape from the
Strip and the ones who reached the border with Egypt was sent back.
According to the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs so
far 339,000 people have been displaced, out of a population of 2.3
million. Jordan sent the first humanitarian aids, Egypt denies the
possibility of creating humanitarian corridors for fleeing
Palestinians, but there is talk of an ongoing diplomatic debate to
create a passage through the UN-run Rafah crossing to bring fragile
individuals such as women, children, and people with disabilities to
are currently more than 1.200 dead in Israel after Hamas incursion
and, according to Palestinian Ministry of Health, more than 1.500
victims in Gaza due to the bombing.
several thousand wounded are causing hospital facilities to collapse.
In a statement, Doctors Without Borders, active in Palestine, says:
"In just three days we used up three weeks' supply of medical supplies. We received in our hospital a 13-year-old boy whose body was almost completely burned after a bomb fell near his home and started a fire. It is very difficult to deal with cases like these under the conditions in which we are operating, and when children are involved it is very difficult to accept."
"The night is the worst time, it feels like hell." Asia continues. "I hope the international community will put pressure to stop these bombings, we are terrified, we need a ceasefire as soon as possible. We have already moved five times, I am afraid for my family. People are on the streets, nowhere is safe."