“Life and death for people in Gaza is the same…”
Those are the words of Fr. Manuel Musallam, a parish priest in Gaza, in an interview with Caritas Internationalis following the destruction of a Caritas health clinic by an Israeli F-16 fighter jet. According to a Caritas release, which also appeals for funds to replenish medical and other supplies, the clinic in the Al Maghazi district of Central Gaza was completely destroyed in the bombing along with a number of buildings. No one was injured as all the families had already fled the area. But the situation remains dire, according to Fr. Musallam:
“There is extreme fear everywhere here. The bombs the Israelis are dropping are literally cutting through people and through homes. Night and day the sound of children crying is everywhere. The people here don’t sleep. They have lost everything.
“70,000 people are living in schools and they are very cold. The ones who haven’t gone to schools are living in their bathrooms or stairwells because they are afraid of being injured by shattering glass from bombs. There is no water here. We are almost out of diesel for our generator that we have allowed people to come and cook from. When the diesel runs out we will have nothing.
“The Israeli aggression has made these people live like animals and our school is the zoo.
“There are dead bodies lying on the streets. The clinics are carrying out operations on the floor. Women have no place to give birth. One pregnant woman was shot on her way to a clinic to give birth. They tried to save the baby but it too was dead.
“Life and death for people in Gaza is the same.”
Meanwhile, the fighting continues, Israel concedes it will likely not defeat Hamas, and Osama bin Laden (Bush is gone and he’s still here–nice job, W.) is calling for a holy war against Israel. And all eyes are turning to the confirmation hearings and Inauguration preparations.
(H/T: Catholic World News)