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Middle east

Gazans in despair

Video by Radjaa ABOU DAGGA

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-01-08

Despite the ban on foreign journalists in Gaza, FRANCE 24 correspondent Radjaa Abou Dagga reports from the scene, chronicling the lives of families struggling for refuge and respite. Watch our exclusive report.

The Israeli military began invading the Gaza Strip on Saturday, shortly before 7:30 pm. Keep track of the unfolding operations with our timeline by clicking here.

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"I know my turn will come, I won’t escape it. They are bombing the north and the south,” a Palestinian refugee said in Gaza.


He is one of the many hundreds of families on the streets in Gaza, looking for shelter from the Israeli attacks.


The offensive against Hamas in the Gaza strip began on December 27.


More than 700 people have so far been killed, according to Palestinian medical sources.

Palestinian women cry the death of relatives at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital
Palestinian women mourn the deaths of relatives at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital.
Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP


Shock and grief



Many families are in a state of shock because of the carnage they have witnessed.


“There have been people burning, charred corpses," a woman screamed, “There are bodies lying in the streets, and dogs have started eating them.”


Another refugee said he  walked over charred bodies. "I saw a dead child, horribly burned," he said.


“Israel is trying to destroy us. Why? Because we are Hamas? We are not Hamas, we are nothing, we are civilians."


“We ask God to help us and for other nations to react to this situation, to help protect our children.


Another woman left her home with her children hoping to find some security.


“I’m beginning to wonder if I did the right thing,” she said. “It’s better to die among those you know, rather than dying alone, like a dog.”


Whatever the refugees decide to do, their options are limited in where they can actually go to get away from the violence in this small and enclosed enclave.



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Date created : 2009-01-08