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Muhamad Abu Haloub, 75, a retired Education Ministry director, describes how he and his family evacuated their Beit Lahiya home on military orders

I’m retired. I used to be Director of Higher Education at the Education Ministry in Abu ‘Amar’s [Arafat’s] time. I retired in 2005 and now I’m a farmer. I’m married with nine children. Four of them li

Amani Badawi from the Tal al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City describes life under airstrikes, July 2014

My husband, Usama Badawi, and I have four children: Diaa, 16, Hanaa, 15, Muhammad, 12, and Ibrahim, 9. We live in a three-room apartment in the Tal al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City. Since the Israeli

Salman Abu Namus on the bombing that killed his 3-year-old son in Jabalya RC, northern Gaza Strip

Saher Abu Namus. Photo: Abu Namus family. We live in Tel a-Za’tar neighborhood in Jabalaya refugee camp. I work as a civil servant and we have five children. Since the operation began, the Israeli arm

Yusra Abu Kaf from the Beduin community of Um Betin in the Negev describes life under rocket attacks with no protection

There’s no bomb alert in our village, but we can hear the alerts from Omer. Even though the village was recognized by the state a few years ago, there is nothing here to protect us. There are no secur

Muhammad Abu Harb describes the bombing the killed his sister, Rawida

I live with my wife and two children – a three-year-old boy and nine-month-old baby – in a single house with my mother and my brothers and sisters and their families, in the agricultural area of a-Zaw

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