Gaza bloggers relay crisis to outside world

The Israeli attacks in Gaza for 18th days long. Israel also continuing to block access for all journalists. But bloggers in Gaza are wrritnig their post to show outsiders the conflict with firsthand accounts of their experiences at the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

Safa Joudeh, blogging at Lamentations - Gaza, described the effect that living amid the conflict has had on her family.

"Our entire lives are now one long chaotic stream of existence: waiting in line each morning to fill up containers with water from the only working tap on the ground floor of our building, baking homemade bread from the depleting supply of flour we managed to obtain a few days into the offensive, turning on the power generator for 30 to 50 minutes in the evening to charge phones and watch the news…

We are now unable to distinguish joy from fear. My 11-year old sister laughs as she imagines how people all over the world watch the horrific events taking place in the Gaza Strip. “[It’s] like we are a scary movie. I’m sure people eat popcorn as they watch,” she says. My 12- and 14-year old brothers act out scenes from our reality while quoting … their favorite video game, and we laugh hysterically at their performance. Moments later we tense up at the sound of a violent, close by earthquake-like explosion, and resume our laughter when the building stops shaking."

From Ramattan window, 4pm - over Jabalia

Phosphorus Falling From Ramattan window, 4pm - over Jabalia

Many bloggers of Gaza have focused the Israeli are using the phosphorus weapons in their community. An English teacher at Al Azhar University, writes on the blog Moments of Gaza that Israeli troops used the weapons in a ground offensive in the early morning hours Tuesday.

At the blog Tales to Tell, an activist and volunteer in Gaza wrote at sunday:

"Last night I stayed near Al Quds [Hospital] but at a friend’s house - they have no water. It was another night of heavy shelling, with shells falling near the hospital, constant rockets, and Apache shooting. By the early hours of the morning there was shooting between the Israeli army and the Palestinian resistance very near, so that local people were coming to take refuge in the hospital. They left in the morning, but a steady stream of people, escaping their houses near the fighting, began to trickle past Al Quds."

But frequent shelling and power outages make blogging difficult. Mr. Abdelwahed wrote that he used a small generator to power his laptop computer during 15 days without electricity, during which phones were also not reliable.

Day by day the situation are deacresing. The food they stored are empty now. The people using to gather in a big lines at the morning everyday where the foods are selling. Some people could not afford to buy any food and they have beed sold all of their furniture from home.


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