As Israel continues to bomb Gaza indiscriminately and an Israeli army spokesperson saying ‘the emphasis is on damage and not on accuracy’, MEMO speaks to a Palestinian journalist from Gaza about the situation on the ground for her family and loved ones and what they are experiencing.
Israel is bombarding the Gaza Strip and within 4 days almost 1,000 Palestinians have been killed, hundreds of thousands displaced and thousands injured. 2.3 million Palestinians live in the besieged enclave, which is no bigger than 365 square kilometres. As a result, the occupied territory is densely populated and Israeli air strikes on the Strip mean high civilian death tolls. So far schools, hospitals, commercial buildings, markets and people’s homes have been destroyed by Israeli warplanes and missiles. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the residents of Gaza to leave the enclave, but his government also ordered the Strip to be completely sealed off. Tel Aviv also bombed Gaza’s only crossing into Egypt and cut off water and electricity. While the latest Israeli onslaught of Gaza was triggered by an offensive by the Palestinian resistance into Israeli settlements, Israel has routinely bombed and bombarded Gaza since Tel Aviv ordered a siege on it in 2007. MEMO in Conversation is joined by Palestinians journalist Yara Eid.
Yara Eid is a 23-year-old war journalist from Gaza who currently resides in London after growing up in the besieged Gaza Strip. A human rights activist, Yara is a Global Youth Ambassador and is a member of Amnesty International’s Youth Advisory Board.