While Israel used bombs, precision missiles and rockets, howitzers, fighter jets, tanks, and satellite-guided drones during its latest Gaza massacre, Hamas responded with un-aimable rockets that were falling harmlessly around Israelis who hid safely in their bomb shelters. Some Gazans are still living with the aftermath of the latest Israeli onslaught — unexploded munitions.
—Ronald David Jackson
|During last summer's murder spree in Gaza, Gazans had to deal with Israel's heavy ordinance, while Israelis faced Hamas rockets that provided little more than a light show, (Right Photo by philosophygeek)|
Life in Gaza: The Nassir family on living for seven months with an unexploded Israeli bomb in their homeBy Kim Sengupta
When the Nassir family were finally rid of an unwanted household item they had been stuck with for more than seven months, there were huge cheers and bursts of music. The unexploded bomb, 10ft long, weighing more than a ton, and delivered by an Israeli warplane, had been the talk of Gaza’s Beit Hanoun neighbourhood.
The family was one of 40 households in Gaza sharing their residence with explosive devices because they had nowhere else to live. There has been little or no reconstruction following last summer’s war. Some of the schools that had become places of refuge have been returned to the education system, the others still housing the homeless, are full. Meanwhile, the cost of what properties are still available for renting has risen by more than 200 per cent.
There are 18 members of the extended Nassir family, ranging in age from a two-year-old girl to a grandfather of 64, living in the house with a massive, jagged hole in the floor of the front room. That there is no longer something ticking away underneath the floor is a huge relief to those in the surrounding houses as well as the Nassirs.