‘We Have No Possibility however to Die’: Dwelling By an Airstrike in Gaza

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Issues have been comparatively quiet till 3 a.m., when a tower housing a currency-exchange store operated by a buddy was destroyed. He had just lately gotten engaged and went into debt to pay for his marriage ceremony. He had simply misplaced every thing.

I braced for a Palestinian response, and it got here rapidly, with extra rockets aimed toward Tel Aviv and Ben-Gurion airport, and a direct hit on an Israeli oil tank in Ashkelon.

This meant a brand new escalation, for certain. However surprisingly, it didn’t come. At 5:30, I attempted to sleep. Not 20 minutes later, my telephone rang. It was a buddy calling from Turkey, a Palestinian who had emigrated from Gaza, desirous to test in.

He realized I had been sleeping and apologized, however we saved speaking. By the telephone, he may hear the drones hovering. We have been each questioning why Israel hadn’t struck again. I stated, “Perhaps there’s a truce.”

He stated, “Perhaps that is the quiet earlier than the storm.”

I want he hadn’t stated that. Moments later, Gaza erupted with essentially the most violent and highly effective explosions of my life. It felt like blast waves have been hitting my face and physique. It felt like our neighborhood was underneath assault. I staggered to my window to look outdoors. I received scared — Israel was lashing out, placing randomly and in all places. However the neighborhood was nonetheless standing.

I ran downstairs to my dad and mom’ condominium. I advised them I needed to be with them, as a result of it was a lot safer on the primary ground. My sisters, Ayda, 16, and Maysaa, 21, have been crying.

My 14-year-old brother, Ayman, was very scared; his face turned yellow. My mom and sisters placed on headscarves in case they needed to flee.

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