NABLUS, August 27, 2014 (WAFA) – At one of the rooms in An-Najah National University Hospital in Nablus, five-year-old Inas, who sustained injuries in her leg, fiddled with her red doll as she laid on her hospital bed, perhaps reminding herself and those around her that she is still a five-year-old child…maybe she has chosen a ‘red’ doll to recall what has befallen her along with her family after their home, located in Rafah in the southern part of Gaza Strip, was pounded by Israeli warplanes during the latest aggression.
As people gathered in Inas’s room to show solidarity and listen to her story, Inas’s eyes travelled from one face to another while faintly whispering to her visitors about the missile that dispersed her family members across several hospitals after it hit their home, she says: ‘At the evening of the first day of Eid al-Fitr, we were getting ready to sleep. Then, all of a sudden, a missile fell on our home.’
Inas’ grandmother, who accompanied her to the hospital as her personal caregiver, recalls the last image she saw of ‘Gaza under aggression’ imprinted on her mind before she left to the West Bank, ‘Every single place in Gaza is targeted for bombardment. What is the guilt of children?’
The grandmother speask out adding that, “Inas’ mother was breastfeeding her new-born baby, Karam, when the missile hit their home, causing Karam to disappear under the rubble, He was killed.’
Twelve other cases of people who were injured during the aggression were receiving medical treatment in the various wards of the hospital, each of them recounting many stories about the suffering and torment inflicted upon the people of Gaza.
Twenty eight-year-old Ibrahim Abdul-Dayem, who laid in another room, does not know whether he has lost his sight or legs first after Israeli warplanes shelled an UNRWA-run school in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, where he and his family sought refuge from the war, “we headed to the school believing that it would provide us with a safe haven, to be later surprised with a missile that targeted the school and that’s when a shrapnel struck me in the face.”
Zeyad, Ibrahim’s uncle, who works as an ambulance driver in Gaza, accompanies and supports his nephew while recuperating and overcoming his pains and ordeal.
Throughout his career, Zeyad has lived through many wars on Gaza. However, this war is different and unprecedented, he said, adding that, “it is the cruelest…massacres and crimes are committed…Shredded body parts of children, women, and elderly.”
Zeyad goes on recalling one of the most difficult situations he has gone through when his ambulance car was targeted, claiming the life of a fellow paramedic right before his eyes.
The stories recounted by both Inas and Ibrahim are merely a chapter of a tragedy that has gravely affected Civilians in Gaza, who are determined to overcome their wounds and are hopeful of a better future despite living through the horror of death and the loss of beloved ones and dear belongings.