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Testimony of Basmah Mansur, 48, who was shot in the face on 12 February 2004 while inside her home in Nablus

On Thursday, 12 February 2004, at around 12:30 P.M. – I was at home with my daughters. A few of them were playing out in the yard and I was cooking and setting the table for lunch. I heard gunfire and
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Muhammad Abu Halub, pensioner, recalls his orchard, destroyed during Operation Protective Edge

I retired from my position with the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education in 2005. I live with my family in a three-room house in Beit Lahiya. We’ve lived here since 1964. We had a 0.5 hectare p
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May Hamadah, a quadriplegic, describes life since being wounded last year when a special needs hostel was bombed

May Hamadah in her room at the hostel's new residence. Photo: Muhammad Sa’id, B'Tselem, 1 July 2015 I am a quadriplegic and have lived in a hostel for people with disabilities since childhood. I also
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Mu’taz al-‘Azayzeh, 16, tells how much he misses a friend killed in Protective Edge

I just finished the 11th grade. In July it will be a year since my friend ‘Alaa Abu Dahruj was killed. He was killed in the war, when he and his family fled their home because of artillery fire and we
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Maha Abu Mutlaq, a 17-year-old high school student, describes life since her home was destroyed in Protective Edge

I’m in the 12th grade in the girls’ high school in Khuza’ah. I’m in the science stream and have almost finished my matriculation exams. For almost a year, ever since the Israeli military destroyed our
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Mayadah Zaqut recalls bombing that killed her husband in their apartment, and bombing of their entire building several weeks later

My husband, ‘Ahed Zaqut, was 49. He worked as a clerk in the Sports Department of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation and was also a coach in several soccer clubs in Gaza. I lived with ‘Ahed and
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Shuruq Abu Tu’eymah, mother of four, tells of her bombed home and living in an UNRWA school

I am married to Jibril Abu Tu’eymah and we have four daughters: Shatha, 6, Rana, 5, Jana, 2, and Ghina, who was born just three months ago, after we moved to the shelter. For the first seven years of
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Mu’taz al-‘Azayzeh, 15, lost his good friend in Operation Protective Edge

I’m a grade 11 student in ‘Abd al-Karim al-‘Akluk School in Deir al-Balah and live there with my family. I used to go to Rudolph Walter School, on Salah a-Din St. on the eastern side of Deir al-Balah.
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Shadi Barakeh, 12, tells of his life after losing his father and home in Gaza in Operation Protective Edge

I’m in the sixth grade and I have seven brothers and sisters. One of my brothers and two of my sisters are married and don’t live with us. We live in the al-Barakeh neighborhood near the al-Shabeh Mos
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Fatmeh Sukar, of a- Shuja’iyeh, Gaza City, tells of living in substandard conditions in a house damaged in the war

My husband, seven children and I now live in our old two-room apartment, on a-Nazaz Street in the a-Shuja’iyeh neighborhood. Before the war, we lived in a beautiful, spacious apartment one floor up fr