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An update on Gaza

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Laila El-Haddad, a journalist, writes the following on her blog “Raising Yousuf and Noor: diary of a Palestinian mother“, about her family and others trapped in Gaza during the ongoing Israeli attacks:

My father and I made simultaneous back to back appearances on CNN domestic and CNN international last night. My father spoke calmly, eloquently, in the pitch dark of besieged Gaza, with only the the fire of Israeli bombs illuminating his world: “they are destroying everything that is beautiful and living” he told the anchor.

…My father last night tried to communicate a single message: We keep hearing that Israel is after Hamas; but WE are the targets here; Civilians are the targets here, not Hamas.

An entire refugee family in one fell swoop was killed this morning as they took cover in their home, which took a direct hit from Israeli shells. Their deaths do not make Israeli more secure. Their deaths will not stop rocket fire.

6 paramedics and a doctor were also killed as they tried to rescue wounded Palestinians in northern Gaza.

And now, AP reports that the Gaza phone network is on the brink of collapse. I do not know how much longer I will be able to communicate with my parents.

You can watch CNN’s interview of Laila El-Haddad here.

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