Agencies – Gaza Post
Survivor suffering after Gaza apartment destroyed
Last Friday in Gaza, residents of the Palestine apartment building were doing their weekend habits (sleeping, eating, or relaxing…).
Then the Israelis attacked the complex from above due to kill their target Tayseer al Jabari, a senior commander of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, who was visiting his relatives on the sixth floor.
even though, Al Jabari was killed in the attack, there were many killed too. There are multiple flats in this 14-storey structure, including one belonging to the Abu Ramadan family.
The remains of their apartment were only the twisting frame of their front door was almost snapped into place but the rest were utterly destroyed. The living room sofa was torn and covered in blocks of concrete and there were big holes in the ceiling where the neighbor’s apartment in Abu Ramadan’s house had fallen.
We found family members at Shifa Hospital. Nevin Abu Ramadan was lying on a bed, her body with several shrapnel. Doctors were mostly concerned about her left leg.
Rabab (mother) lifted a sheet and showed us Nevin’s swollen limb, which changed color in varying shades of purple and blue. Paramedics believe that the limb needs to be amputated.
I asked Neveen how she felt. She answered sadly, “It was a tragedy, I’m still asking myself why am I alive. I just don’t believe it. I’m still in shock, you know we’re civilians.”
Rabab decided to tell us the story.
“She and her husband were sleeping in the afternoon, with two daughters and two sons in the room. suddenly, they heard the ceiling breaking on their backs and her back is injured. Also, the ground broke in on their neighbors. So, they fell through onto their neighbors.
“From the fifth floor to fourth floor it’s broken. Their two sons got them out, shouting bleeding, bleeding, bleeding.”
One of Neveen’s daughters, Islam, was being operated because she has suffered from internal bleeding and the doctors at Al Shafa hospital were trying to remove blood clots that have formed in her body.
a local camera operator captured in his pictures, residents congregating outside the entrance. Some are carried – others walk out on their own – but everyone looks shocked and covered in dust.
The Israelis say they try their best to avoid civilian casualties but that is not a realistic proposition when they take aim at buildings.
The health ministry in Gaza stated that 47 people died during three days of fighting which began last Friday.
More than 350 others were injured. A ceasefire agreement, seems to be holding and something like normality has crept back into the Gaza Strip but life will never be the same for the Abu Ramadans, who had managed to live peacefully in the Palestine complex.