From Inside Gaza II


Safa Joudeh, a girl in Gaza:

The heavy bombardment came as Israeli tanks pushed farther into Gaza.  They’re not very far off now, only about a five minute drive away.  We’re afraid, because the Israel military has been warning that it will implement phase 3 of the assault: a full scale invasion that entails bringing their tanks into the streets of Gaza, backed of course, by the Israeli Air force: destruction at a point blank range.  In such an event, the over 900 people already dead will constitute only a portion of the civilian losses, and the already disfigured streets of our city will be turned to dust.

(Photo: Palestinians cover their faces following artillery shelling from Israel's border with Gaza on the centre of Gaza City, early on January 14, 2009. By Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty.)