now that people have streamed out of homes in all the perimeter regions of Gaza, they are streaming out of homes in central Gaza. I went briefly back to an apt i’d been given by PCHR, to collect some things… and decided to collect anything i valued, infinitely luckier than the dead or those who are given but 5 minutes to run for their lives.
but people are running, and the small space that is the gaza strip has become a pinpoint, with people crammed into centres and still not feeling safe.
Leila in al Quds hospital at 8:59 am: “So al Quds now has army outside. snipers next door, 50 hits near us during night and 4 hits to us. fire in apartments behind, wounded kids near who we can’t collect…”
*smoke in the area where I’ve been given an apartment. It’s central Gaza and the snipers are close enough to warrant a warning from a concerned taxi driver seeing me walking. “Take the first right, don’t go beyond your house. The snipers have taken position nearby.”
The Al Quds hospital continues to be surrounded by invading Israeli troops, with snipers positioned in the high buildings around the hospital neighbourhood. Doctors and those inside report being unable to leave the hospital.
The UNRWA headquarters was hit three times by tank shelling, injuring 3 UN workers. Around 7oo Palestinians were seeking shelter in the compound, which is clearly marked as a UN compound.
Israeli forces targeted one of the media buildings housing numerous different stations. At least 2 journalists were injured in the tank shelling on the building.
And aside from reports on the targeting of key infrastructure here, let me just repeat, people are panicking, given that Gaza City is a central place, the hub of Gaza and where those already having fled Israeli army attacks from eastern and northern regions had hoped for safety. As we’ve said from the first day of Israel’s phenomenally brutal attacks on civilians, there still is not anywhere anyone can feel safe.