Slaughter in Gaza

Slaughter in Gaza
Ayman Qwaider

For the last three days, Israel has been savagely launching aerial attacks on Gaza. The Israeli Air Force has conducted nearly 600 airstrikes resulting in at least 39 fatalities (including 10 children) and over 350 injuries, the vast majority of whom are civilians. The attacks are part of a larger and massively depressing spectacle of a usurping land-grabbing colony forcing a defenseless population into a wall-enclosed ghetto, and systematically starving and then bombing them.

The Israeli attacks across the Gaza Strip have entered their fourth day. I write this report while the sounds of incessant bombings, which have continued all over the last three days and throughout the nights.

This is a testimony from my sister in Gaza:

“In Gaza, there is no place to flee. Every one of us is waiting for his/her destiny. In other words, every single minute you have the feeling that you could be the next victim in Gaza. Israel is using an insane amount of force and power against us. They are using the entire might of their Air Force, including F16s and drones, against us.

Very close to our house, there were at least 8 air strikes. Every airstrike shakes our doors, windows causing a great panic for us and particularly for our children. Over the past three nights, our best wish is to have a proper few hours of sleep.

My father went to the market to buy us food, we were very scared to let him go since Israeli drones could have targeted him. We are cooped up in one room, with limited access to communication due to intentional, regular electricity blackouts.

The nighttime is very scary for us, because that is when Israel intensifies its airstrikes all cross the Gaza strip. No matter where you are in the Gaza Strip, one can easily hear the massive loud explosions and can only imagine the horror that is happening to family and friends caught in the cross-fire.

We listen to local radio stations broadcasting from Gaza. Every single minute, there are reports of deaths, injuries, and immense destruction to our homes, schools, and infrastructure. In Gaza, empty fields have been regularly bombarded.

Gaza is a very densely populated civilian area. These bombardments are designed to terrorize us. Our children carry the physical and mental scars of trauma of a defenseless war. I always say we are children.

We have done nothing to deserve this brutality. While at the same time, our children have faced the daily threat of violence and death from above, and have been subjected to a starvation diet designed to damage our children’s brain development.

Please email and call your government officials and ask them to help stop this slaughter. We only ask that we be treated with basic human decency. We cannot handle this anymore.


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