PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

In the ruins of Jabalia

Members from the pro-Palestine NGO ISM are still in the Gaza Strip. One of them tells us about photos she took in the heavily-bombed northern town of Jabalia at the start of the week. On her blog, she explains "the devastation stretches as far as the eye can see". See the photos.

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Members from the pro-Palestine NGO ISM are still in the Gaza Strip. One of them tells us about photos she took in the heavily-bombed northern town of Jabalia at the start of the week. On her blog she explains "the devastation stretches as far as the eye can see".

 

"The only thing they knew was that they had to get home"

Sharon Lock is a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement. She blogs from the Gaza Strip, where she's been since arriving on the "Free Gaza" boat since August.

I took these photos on Tuesday in Jabalia, north Gaza Strip. The area had been targeted from the beginning. As soon as the residents heard the news about the ceasefire, they came back, at daybreak, to see what was left of their homes. They were all completely demolished, there was hardly anything left. I went there to see the families and listen to them. They didn't know what to do. I saw their children in the middle of the rubble, and their parents making tea, in the ruins. Some were using firewood to make fires, to cook. But they didn't even know where to start. The only thing they knew was that they had to get home. I'm going to go back this afternoon, to see how they're getting on. They told us it's good to have someone to talk to. Despite everything, it's motivating to be of some use."

Photos by Sharon Lock.