For the second time, Palestinian journalist Alaa Shamali and his family experience the bitterness of displacement, as a result of an Israeli air strike that destroyed the apartment building in which the apartment he moved to, after the destruction of his home in the Shejaiya neighborhood, east of Gaza City, during the 2014 war.
Alaa – who works for the local newspaper “Palestine” in Gaza – told Al-Jazeera Net that “the occupation planes are pursuing us and assassinating even our dreams of a safe life inside our homes.” Read also How to destroy residential towers in Gaza?Gaza is under bombardment .. 350 thousand Palestinians without water and thousands of homes are threatened by a real disaster Witness – with praise and applause … a girl faces her fear of the occupation’s bombing of Gaza Palestinian women cry: Why do they kill us? .. When the cry is louder than words
The occupation did not leave Alaa and his family (5 children) to congratulate an apartment that he has not yet been able to fully pay for, and for 6 years he has struggled to pay installments equivalent to 30% of his monthly income in order to own it and live in peace and tranquility.
Searching for safety
After the total destruction of his family’s 4-storey home in the Shejaiya neighborhood, adjacent to the security fence in eastern Gaza, as a result of air strikes and artillery displacing 25 people in the 2014 Israeli war on the Strip, Alaa wanted to search for his family for a place he thought was “safer” in the city center.
Alaa moved with his family to an apartment in an apartment building on Yarmouk Street in Gaza, which he obtained through the murabaha system in installments for 8 years.
Alaa seemed to be holding fast to what God would predestine him, only grieving him when the condition of his children had come to pass, and he said: “All of Gaza is vulnerable to death and destruction, and in light of this bloody and devastating war, there is no longer a safe place, and the occupation does not differentiate between one Palestinian and another.”
Israeli warplanes destroyed the “Anas Bin Malik” building, which consisted of 6 floors and included 36 apartments, including Alaa’s apartment.
A reconnaissance aircraft fired a missile at Amara, which has become known among people in Gaza as a “warning”, in which the occupation forces “sometimes” warn the owners of the targeted building to evacuate, before fighter jets attack it and blow up it.
According to Alaa, the air strikes completely destroyed the building half an hour after it was targeted by a reconnaissance missile. He says, “The loss is great and heavy .. It is not only the loss of money and property, but it is the loss of memories and dreams.”
By losing his home, Alaa will be one of the journalists affected by the aggression on Gaza, and he has obtained press offices, headquarters of Arab and international media outlets and television networks, most notably the Al-Jazeera Media Network and the American Associated Press.
Emaar in the science of the unseen
Alaa realizes that his suffering may last for years before rebuilding what was destroyed by the Israeli war machine during the current escalating war in Gaza for the eighth day.
Alaa’s extended family moved around for 3 years until their home in the Shujaiya neighborhood was rebuilt in 2017.
Alaa says that the scale of the destruction is great, and when the war ends, the scene will be traumatic and tragic due to the intense Israeli air strikes.
These raids caused severe damage to more than 10 thousand housing units, of which 800 were completely destroyed, in addition to massive damage to the water, electricity and sewage networks.
During its first week, the war forced about 40,000 people to flee their homes in the northern Gaza Strip and east Gaza City, in search of safety in schools that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) had converted into shelters.