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Gaza mother tells Israeli TV of her fears, says support for wars is fading

Palestinians inspect their house which was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
Palestinians inspect their house which was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

In a rare interview with Israel’s Channel 12 news, a woman who lives in the Gaza Strip describes her terror during Israeli strikes and says public support for Hamas and Islamic jihad is fading.

Speaking in English and on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals from Hamas, which rules the Strip, the woman says there has been a change in public feelings.

“The view, the perspective, the thought of Gaza people has changed completely. In the previous wars they were with the resistance, with Hamas and Jihad, but now people are calling for the stop of war,” she says.

“The only one who gets demolished and (are) losing is the people of Gaza, not the leaders,” she says.

Asked what she tells her children during the airstrikes, she says she lies to them.

“I lie to them and tell them that it is a celebration, not a bombing, they try to believe me but look at my face and see how I’m scared and know that I’m not giving the truth,” she says.

She tells Israeli TV of her most fearful moment.

“The moment I felt was most scary was the moment when I was in the kitchen and my child was in another room, I felt a sudden bombing happen, I felt like my child would go with this bombing,” she says.

 

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