Gaza journalist describes bombs raining down around her in living nightmare
Gaza journalist Plestia Alaqad shows the reality of life in Gaza
A journalist in Gaza has described bombs raining down on the territory in a living nightmare as the death toll from the conflict between Hamas and Israel reaches more than 2,000.
Plestia Alaqad spoke from the besieged, Palestinian enclave amid retaliatory bomb strikes sparked by Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel on Saturday (October 7).
She said in the footage on X, formerly Twitter: “People on the street are calling for ambulance but there is no ambulance.”
Ms Alaqad shared footage of a room with a window blown out with the sound of jets heard in the background.
The footage was posted on social media by media site IMEU with the comment: “Gaza journalist Plestia Alaqad shows the reality of life in Gaza – watching Israel destroy your neighbors’ homes and lives, knowing that it will destroy yours next. Over 2 million Palestinians in Gaza, half of them children under 15, are living this nightmare right now.”
In another section from the footage, the reporter is hunkered down in a neighbour’s house saying there is no electricity or internet.
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She commented: “We literally don’t know what’s happening in the world. We’re just listening to bombs. No one knows anything, literally.”
In the shocking final part of the video, Ms Alaqad said that her house was “basically burning” behind her back.
Palestinians in the sealed-off Gaza Strip scrambled to find safety on Wednesday (Ocxtober 11) as Israel’s strikes on the territory continued.
After Hamas’s attack, Tel Aviv stopped the entry of food, water, fuel and medicine into the territory — a 25-mile strip of land wedged between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. It is home to 2.3 million Palestinians.
The sole remaining access from Egypt was shut down on Tuesday after airstrikes hit near the border crossing.
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Journalist Hasan Jabar said there is no safe place in Gaza after three Palestinian journalists were killed in the bombardment of a downtown neighbourhood which is home to government ministries, media offices and hotels.
Gaza’s power authority has said its sole power plant will run out of fuel within hours, leaving the territory without electricity after Israel cut off supplies.
Palestinians there have long relied on generators to power homes, offices and hospitals, but have no way of importing fuel for those either.
Israel has mobilized 360,000 reservists and appears increasingly likely to launch a ground offensive into Gaza, with its government under intense public pressure to topple Hamas, which has ruled the territory since 2007 and remained firmly in control through four previous wars.
That would likely require a prolonged ground assault and reoccupying Gaza, at least temporarily. Even then, Hamas has a long history of operating as an underground insurgency in areas controlled by Israel.
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Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said in a meeting with soldiers near the southern border: “We will not allow a reality in which Israeli children are murdered.
“I have removed every restriction — we will eliminate anyone who fights us, and use every measure at our disposal.”
The Israeli military said more than 1,200 people, including 155 soldiers, have died in Israel since Saturday’s incursion. 17 British nationals, including children, are feared dead or missing in Israel.
In Gaza, the health ministry said more than 1,050 have been killed and over 5,100 injured. The United Nations Palestinian refugee agency says 250,000 people have been displaced in the territory.
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