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Video by Sophie CLAUDET , Willy BRACCIANO

Latest update : 2009-01-19

Sophie Claudet and Willy Bracciano have entered the Gaza Strip, some of the first Western journaliststo have gotten access to the Palestinian territory. There they met with families and doctors who told them : "security is all we need".

Arriving in Rafah in the Gaza Strip, the territory entered by very few journalists and bombarded daily by the Israeli army.

In the centre of the town, we found this family... a missile fell close to their house, partly destroying it. The family has been left without water and electricity.

When we asked them if they had anything to eat, this was the father's response : "Our main concern is not food right now but security. Everyday we are being under attack,  we need security. We want to sleep peacefully in our homes."

Not far away, piles of rubble. A square right in the town centre was hit by another missile. All that's left are some mangled chairs and ruined buildings.

Opposite, a pharmacist describes what happened. "I've seen nothing but destruction - everything has been destroyed. I came back to my pharmacy, the place has been completely torn apart... I can't even describe to you the level of destruction."

In Rafah's hospital, we meet the director, Abdullah Shahade. "We received in a matter of five minutes, seventy injured patients or sometimes 100 with a lot of them being killed. All of them are civilians, some of them women and children,  children carried by other persons who don't even know the name of the child."

The exhausted doctors do all they can to help the wounded, knowing the bombings will start again when night falls

Date created : 2009-01-17

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