Eyewitness: Fida Qishta on the crisis in GazaThe Guardian, Saturday 3 January 2009 Article historyFida Qishta is a teacher and translator from Rafah, southern Gaza
The air strikes haven't stopped in six days. Our life is difficult right now. The electricity is off. We have one gas stove and we use it to cook one meal a day. That's it. For the last three days the water truck hasn't come to the house.
The Israelis have attacked everything in Gaza - the university, police station, ambulances, even the fire station, it's unbelievable. I don't know how they do it, how they attack the fire stations, how they kill doctors and nurses who are trying to help people. They attacked a medicine store. It was medicine for children.
What is the army thinking when it attacks civilian sites like that? One attack in Rafah was on a playground. The blast demolished many houses, 59 were wounded, 16 of them children.
The Israelis say they want to be secure from the resistance, yet why do they attack hundreds of people? These children will grow up remembering that their mother was killed by the Israeli army.
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