Photos of the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. Taken by Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem field researcher in Gaza, on 5 August 2014, in the course of the ceasefire. Whole sections of Beit Hanoun have been demolished, making it one of the hardest hit communities in the recent offensive, along with Gaza City, Beit Lahiya, Khuza’ah and Rafah.
In the course of the fighting B’Tselem collected several testimonies from Beit Hanoun residents. All but one of the testimonies were taken by phone by B’Tselem field researchers in the West Bank:
Ambulance driver Rami 'Ali recounts attacks that killed paramedic 'Aaed al-Bura'i and injured team sent to rescue him, both despite coordination with Red Crescent Read testimony
Suhair Shabat describes mortal fear of bombing, leading her to take her children and flee Beit Hanoun Read testimony
Shadi Taleb tells of seeing Abu Jarad family home shelled, leaving 8 dead; recounts constantly fleeing with his family for fear of bombings Read testimony
Muhammad Hamad, 75, resident of Beit Hanun, relates how bombing killed his family members in their yard Read testimony
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