Gaza City--When I began to write this late on Sunday I was staying with relatives in a temporary shelter in an already crowded family home. I had left my own house on Saturday because my neighbours--the family of the wife of a Hamas executive force member--had received a direct Israeli threat.
As I tried to concentrate on writing, the local radio station announced that the home of my cousin, Hassan Wishah, had been targeted and bombed. A missile had hit the lower floor of his building while he and his family were inside. He lived next to our evacuated house.
It was not the only sad news we had heard since Saturday. My cousin’s wife has a sister who lives next to the Emad Akal mosque in Jabaliya, which was bombed and levelled at 5 AM on Monday morning, killing five children, the youngest of whom was four years old.
Upon hearing of the raids, my cousin’s wife tried desperately to reach her family over the phone. The lines were down and mobile phones were barely functioning. She finally got through to another relative, who told her of the child victims.
It is not easy to write when the blasts are multiplying. It is not the electricity cuts that prevents me from writing, not the words, or information I need. It is that the atrocious aggression that Israel has been waging since just after 11 am on December 27 continues at full speed, full strength, despite more than 300 dead and over 800 injured.
Monday morning, I travelled 15 km to my office in Gaza City, a hazardous trip, as the roads are open to Israeli F-16s and Apache bombing. After arriving at my office, at the moment I resumed writing this article, I was again forced to leave, this time because the building next to my office received a threat that an Israeli F-16 strike was imminent.
Then someone called to say that many people, including my family, around `Azzadin mosque, in the central Gaza Strip’s Nussairat, were being evacuated. The building, he said, could be bombed in a campaign that is targeting mosques all over Gaza.
The outside world rightfully wants to know what is going on in Gaza, and I too want to know.
Gaza has become a collection of isolated areas, where people are trapped in their homes for fear of being out on the streets. And, as it turns out, even homes are not safe. There is nowhere safe in Gaza.
Jaber Wishah is deputy director of the independent Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, based in Gaza City.
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