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, Fatmaās 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, Fatmaās eldest daughter, told the ISM team that āduring the last war I wasnāt scared because I was with my father, but if thereās another war I donāt know how Iāll react, because he wonāt be with me anymore. I donāt know if then Iāll be brave as Iāve been in all the wars until now ā¦ But Iām sure about one thing, if thereās another war I wonāt 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.ā
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 parentsā home. That home was also attacked, but most of it is still stands.
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Nagyās 17-year-old brother Jamil, also lives in the house. āWe saw the Israelis arrive from our street,ā he recalled, āthey were shooting gas and live fire against us. We saw how they bombed the mosque in front of our home.ā
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. āMany times he doesnāt recognize the people, even his own father,ā his mother told the ISM team. āHe also forgets things that has just done. Recently came back to school, but has a lot of problems paying attention.ā
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