Eastern Shujaiyeh, which is very populated, was one of the most affected areas during the latest Israeli military offensive. On the night of July 19, the bombardment intensified, forcing many residents to flee, including some in their pajamas and with bare feet. On that day alone, Israeli shelling killed more than 60 Palestinians, some of them in the streets. Ambulances were not able to rescue the wounded and many were trapped under the rubble.
Shujaiyeh was again hit very hard during a ceasefire on July 30 when a market area was bombed while many people were shopping. Israeli strikes killed at least 17 and injured 200 that day alone, including medics and journalists.
For many, the evacuation of their homes was traumatic. “There was nothing we could take,” says Maher, recalling the night when he had to leave his home behind. “We saw the situation was getting so much worse. We were running in the street and I saw some people, civilians, killed.”
During the first ceasefire, he returned to discover that his house had been destroyed.
Home is more than just a building where you sleep. It is your emotional anchor. Many Palestinians take pride in having built their homes themselves and they consider it to be one of their life’s biggest achievements. The loss cannot be measured in the monetary value of the building.
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