During the latest massacre in Gaza 60-year-old Fatma was one of the many Gazans who lost her home.
She was sheltering in an UNRWA school along with her husband and 4 daughters when the Israeli occupation forces bombed their home. Once the aggression was over a relative allowed them to settle in the house he was building. Two weeks after moving there, Fatmaâs husband died due to the overwhelming pain and sadness of watching his wife and daughters living in such despicable conditions.
When the Zionist army entered Beit Hanoun a year and a half ago, this family was forced to leave their home along with all its belongings, just as their grandparents had been forced to leave in 1948, and travel by foot the almost 10 km between Beit Hanoun and Gaza City.
Now they have spent all the money they had in refurbishing as much as they could two of the rooms of the house they are surviving in. Because of this they almost do not have money buy food.
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Raida, Fatmaâs eldest daughter, told the ISM team that âduring the last war I wasnât scared because I was with my father, but if thereâs another war I donât know how Iâll react, because he wonât be with me anymore. I donât know if then Iâll be brave as Iâve been in all the wars until now âŠ But Iâm sure about one thing, if thereâs another war I wonât leave my home, after all, the zionists follow us wherever we go. If they want to bomb my home they can do it with me inside.â
29-year-old Nagy Kamal Hamdan also lives in Beit Hanoun with his 3 children. His home was also bombed; he now survives along with his wife and children in a room at his parentsâ home. That home was also attacked, but most of it is still stands.
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Nagyâs 17-year-old brother Jamil, also lives in the house. âWe saw the Israelis arrive from our street,â he recalled, âthey were shooting gas and live fire against us. We saw how they bombed the mosque in front of our home.â
Shortly after the end of the 2014 attack, Jamil started to suffer epileptic seizures and became unable to see with his left eye. His memory has also been affected. âMany times he doesnât recognize the people, even his own father,â his mother told the ISM team. âHe also forgets things that has just done. Recently came back to school, but has a lot of problems paying attention.â
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