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May Hamadah, who is fully paralyzed, describes the bombing of the hostel she lives in, which killed two and injured four

My name is May Hamadah. I was born in the a-Tufah neighborhood in Gaza, but since 1994 I've lived in a hostel for people with disabilities run by the "Mabrat Falastin" organization in Beit Lahiya. I a

R. N., 57, who lives in Ashdod, southern Israel, describes life in constant fear of rocket fire

We've suffered from rocket fire since Operation Cast Lead in 2009, maybe even before – I can't really remember. When things are calm I'm not afraid, but at times like these, I'm afraid because we can'

Rima Kasab describes life with her children in fear, under the shadow of war in Gaza City, July 2014

My husband, Rida, and I have six children: Anas, 15, Shams, 12, Shahd, 10, Asmaa, 8, Iman, 6, and Muhammad, eight months old. We live in a small apartment in a-Shuja’iyeh neighborhood in Gaza City. It

Bassam Khatab on the missile that killed his 5-year-old son, ‘Abd a-Rahman, at home, in Deir al-Balah

I have three sons and a daughter: Ahmad, 9, Muaiad, 7, 'Abd a-Rahman, 5, and Hibah, 1. We live in a three-story building with our extended family in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. We live o

Sa'eed al-Hadad relates bombing of al-Batsh home in Gaza City with no prior warning, which killed 18 family members

I live in a-Tufah neighborhood in Gaza City. Right across from my house, on the other side of the street, is al-Batsh neighborhood. The al-Batsh family lives there in four or five buildings with two o

Fayzeh a-Loh on being forced to flee her home in northern Gaza with her children; their previous home was destroyed in Operation Cast Lead

I live with my husband, Maher 'Ata a-Loh, 55, in a one-story house in al-'Atatrah neighborhood in Beit Lahiya, close to the border with Israel. We have eight children and they all live with us: Mahmud

Ety Levy, a single mother of four who lives in Ashkelon, southern Israel, describes life in fear under rocket attacks

I've lived in Ashkelon for six years now. I live with my four children in a state-subsidized building. The bomb shelter in our building is locked because of a disagreement between some tenants. We ask

Bilal al-Astal recounts bombing that killed 9 in Gazan café, where he and others were watching a World Cup match

Searching for bodies in the sand the day after the airstrike. Photo: Fares Akram, 10 July 2014 Yesterday, Wednesday 9 July 2014, after I ate the meal that breaks the Ramadan fast and prayed the a-Tara

Muhammad Shahin recounts bombing of al-Hajs’ home, Khan Yunis refugee camp; 8 members of al-Haj family killed

Muhammad Shahin , police officer On Thursday, 10 July 2014, A little after 1:00 A.M., my family was already asleep. I was lying in bed watching the soccer World Cup semi-final between Argentina and Ho

Testimony: Avi Adaf of Sderot describes rocket hit on a neighboring home used for child day care

Rocket hit on home, Sderot, 3 July 2014. Photo: Amir Cohen, Reuters Two Thursdays ago, on 3 July 2014, at about 8:30 in the morning, a rocket hit my neighbor’s house. On that day, the house was being