Fear, shortages for civilians caught in Gaza fight
MY pictures show two Gaza casualties, a dead soldier and an injured child.
We are beginning to see the extent
of civilian suffering in the Gaza war
and the worst may still be ahead.
Yet so called leaders argue over
words on a cease fire agreement
More than 512 Palestinians have been killed since the operation began Dec. 27, at least 100 of them civilians, say Palestinian and U.N. officials. In the same period, three Israeli civilians and two soldiers have been killed.
The International Committee of the Red Cross called Sunday on Israel and Hamas to stop killing and wounding civilians, citing international humanitarian law.
Israel says the offensive aims to stop Hamas from firing rockets at the Jewish state
And in the central Gaza refugee camp of Nusseirat, Munir Najar said he only had another day's worth of flour to feed his family of seven, but ventured out to find streets deserted and shops closed.
"There's not a loaf of bread to be found," said Najar, 43.
Lubna Karam, of Gaza City, said airstrikes had shattered her home's living room windows days before, letting cold air pour in. She said she feels under threat at all times, and her family has taken to sleeping in the hallway for safety.
"We keep hearing the sounds of airplanes and we don't know if we'll live until tomorrow or not," said Karam, 28.
Mansour, 21, of the Rafah refugee camp on the Gaza-Egypt border, described watching his neighbor pile a mattress and blankets on a donkey cart to flee, but hadn't decided if he'd do the same. "Where can we go? It's all the same," Mansour said.