I’m an Israeli doctor in the UK – everyone in my country knows someone affected
Dr Noa Mevorach Zussman, a 42-year-old Israeli obstetrician who moved to London three years ago, says she has been left “completely devastated” by the attacks launched by Hamas terrorists on Saturday.
The extent of the terror assault is so wide that “there isn’t anyone who doesn’t know someone that was affected directly by this”, she shared.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Mevorach Zussman said the sense of shock and horror continues to grow as “every day more information of what went on there emerges”.
She added: “I keep hearing of people that I know that were either killed or taken hostage, and it’s breaking our hearts that children are kept there. We just can’t sleep, we can’t bear the thought.”
Latest figures shared by Israel say that at least 1,300 people were killed in the multipronged attacks carried out by Hamas on the weekend.
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More than 100 Israelis – including months-old babies – were also abducted by terrorists and taken to the Gaza Strip.
Dr Mevorach Zussman has heard directly of a few people who have gone missing since Hamas’ rampage and are feared to have been abducted – including a mother and her two daughters. She said: “It’s really hard to talk about that. We can’t bear the thought of the children.”
Speaking further of the loss people around her are experiencing as a result of the assaults, the doctor added a dear friend of her mother was killed in the kibbutz where she lived, and one of her professors is now mourning the death of his son.
Dr Mevorach Zussman, who currently works at UCLH in London, added of the terror attacks: “These are sights that we have already seen in the Holocaust.”
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The Israeli national shared that, prior to Saturday, she had been scared for months that something may happen to her country in light of the period of political instability Israel has recently experienced.
The doctor, who last visited her friends and family in her homeland in the summer, said: “We kept feeling that something might happen, although we never imagined something this big, that our enemies might take advantage of the fact that everything in Israel is very rocky at the moment.”
Hours after Hamas invaders carried out the brutal terror attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his country was “at war”, and has since launched a series of retaliatory strikes on the Gaza Strip. Tel Aviv has also enforced a blockade of Gaza, which has now been left without power for hours.
More than 1,400 Palestinians are believed to have been killed since Hamas’ horror attacks, and more than 6,000 were left wounded.
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Speaking about the imminent future, Dr Mevorach Zussman said her biggest worry is the explosion of a regional war, particularly in light of reports of skirmishes at the border with Lebanon and Syria.
Damascus and Tel Aviv exchanged shelling on Tuesday after the Israeli government said a number of mortars were launched toward its northern border from Syria. Two days later, Syria claimed Israel’s troops had damaged two of its airports’ runways.
Also on the northern border, it is feared that Iran-backed Hezbollah could be planning to join Hamas, although the Lebanon-based group has stressed it had nothing to do with the attacks on the weekend.
As for the daily life in London of her and her family, Dr Mevorach Zussman said she is being more “vigilant than usual” but, at the same time, she still feels safe.
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