The horror in the Gaza Strip has been going on for so many years. We have reported on the blockade, the poverty, the wars, shared stories of life without water, without electricity, without hope. We have explained what international law requires and what conscience dictates. Now, words fail us. Eleven days of incessant airstrikes on or near civilian homes. With nowhere to run and no safe place. Almost 230 people killed, thousands injured, thousands more bereft of their homes. This is not a mistake, these are no “exceptional cases”. It is the policy. B’Tselem’s field researchers in the Gaza Strip spoke with people who lost their loved ones. These are their words.