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Reflections from the Gaza Strip

Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:54
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Houses_demolished_in_Beit_HanounTwenty-year-old Habib, along with 17 members of his family, have been living in the Beit Hanoun UNRWA High School (A), which has been used as a shelter, for the past seven months. The family sought refuge there following Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip that commenced in July 2014, and have lived there ever since. Their house which was located on Al-Masriyin Street was destroyed by the attacks. Habib's family have been living in one of the classrooms inside the school in very difficult conditions, lacking sufficient food, drinking water, and blankets. Although these items are supplied by UNRWA, the numbers are inadequate to care for the needs of the displaced. There are 70 other families living in the same school, constituting some 600 people who were made homeless following Israel's offensive on the Strip.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:41
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Rahaf_House_Gaza-The Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, which commenced on 8 July 2014, completely destroyed 8,317 Palestinian houses and left a further 23,616 houses damaged. Additionally, the infrastructure of the Strip, including roads, water, electricity and sewage networks had been targeted and destroyed. The winter has shed light on the continued suffering of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who face difficulty in accessing much needed basic materials due to the continued eight year long Israeli imposed closure of the Strip, and the additional issues caused by the latest attacks. Hundreds of families still live in UNRWA shelters in rough conditions, with the number of still-displaced Palestinians amounting to approximately 19,010. Many others who have been displaced, particularly those in the eastern parts of the Strip, have been provided with wooden or steel caravans as temporary housing.

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Sunday, 14 September 2014 09:03
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Reflections from Gaza Strip:

Yasser Mahmud Lutfi al-Haj – Khan Yunis Refugee Camp

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Yasser, 25, his parents, and six siblings live in a two-storey house in Block G of the Khan Yunis refugee camp. The first floor has a concrete roof and the second floor is roofed with asbestos sheets.

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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 14:21
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Reflections from Gaza Strip:

Sayyed Ramez Bakr and Muhammad Bashir Abu Wadfa

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On 16 July 2014, seven boys were playing on the beach in Gaza City despite ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. The boys had been stuck at home, terrified and unable to go outside for days due to heavy shelling. On that day, Sayyed, 9, recalls that he was with his brother Muhammad, 11, and his cousins Isma’il Bakr, 10, Zakariyya Bakr, 10, ‘Ahed Bakr, 9, al-‘Arabi Bakr, 11, and Hamada Bakr, 13, when Isma’il suggested that they go and play on the beach. At approximately 3:30 P.M., Israeli gunboats shelled the beach, killing four of the children: Isma’il, Muhammad, Zakariyya and ‘Ahed. According to Sayyed, Isma’il was the first to be killed in the attack. During the attack, Sayyed saw his brother, Muhammad, being killed as the terrified boys tried to run away from the explosions. When they reached a nearby coffee shop they sought shelter and help from the employees. (Al-Haq Affidavit No. 9781/2014)

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Sunday, 07 September 2014 11:30
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Reflections from the Gaza Strip

Samah Fayeq al-Masri – Beit Hanun – North Gaza

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On Wednesday 9 July 2014, Sahar ‘Ali al-Masri (Hamdan), 40, and her children Muhammad al-Masri, 14, Aseel, 17, and Shaima’, 4, headed home after visiting a relative in their area. Sahar decided that they would go back on foot fearing the continuous Israeli bombardment of the area. Her nephew Amjad Zaher Hamdan, 24, accompanied them on their walk to their house. At that time, Israeli aircrafts could be heard all over the neighbourhood.

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