Displaced Palestinians are still struggling to receive basic food, aid and services after 200 days o

(23 Apr 2024)
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Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, Gaza Strip – 23 April 2024
1. Various of tents, displaced people walking in street 2. Mid showing washed clothes between tents
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Heba Suleiman, displaced Palestinian citizen "All my family were martyred, my grandfather, my grandmother, my father, my mother, my uncles, their wives, and my brothers."
4. Cutaway of Heba Suleiman, Displaced Palestinian citizen
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Heba Suleiman, displaced Palestinian citizen
"The situation is difficult; we live in fear and terror of bombing."
6. Various of tents in Deir al-Balah area, children playing
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Nadia Hamouda, displaced Palestinian citizen from north Gaza "I feel that I will lose my mental balance and become crazy, lose my feelings, lose my mind, lose my whole life because I do not know how I will live when half of me is in the north and half of me is in another place, difficult suffering, life is difficult and living is difficult, everything is difficult."
8. Cutaway of Nadia Hamouda, displaced Palestinian citizen from north Gaza
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Nadia Hamouda, displaced Palestinian citizen from north Gaza (speaking about her dead daughter)
"I miss you; I want to see you; I don’t sleep a day without asking her to come and visit me in my dream so I can check on her."
10. Various of tents in Deir al-Balah area, children playing
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Umm Mustafa Qattoush, displaced Palestinian citizen
"I hope that the war will stop and that there will be a truce soon, God willing. I do not sleep at night for fear for the children that a shell or missile will hit near us."
12. Various of tents, displaced people walking in street
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Umm Mustafa Qattoush, displaced Palestinian citizen : "My children did not understand that their father was martyred and went to heaven. They have not yet understood that their father will not return. My children believe that their father will be absent for a while and return again."
14. Various of tents
STORYLINE:
With the war going on for 200 days, Palestinians in Gaza are still struggling to receive the basic food, aid and services.

Living in tents in poor conditions, spending hours in long lines to get water and food, some of the hundreds of thousands of displaced talked about what they have to deal with every day to survive, the constant fear of the strikes, and the uncertainty of their futures.

The Israel-Hamas war was sparked by the unprecedented October 7 raid into southern Israel in which the militants killed around 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and abducted around 250 hostages.

Israel says the militants are still holding around 100 hostages and the remains of more than 30 others.

The ensuing war in Gaza has killed more than 34-thousand Palestinians, according to local health officials, around two-thirds of them children and women. It has devastated Gaza’s two largest cities and left a swath of destruction. Around 80% of the territory’s population have fled to other parts of the besieged coastal enclave.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $26 billion aid package on Saturday that includes around $9 billion in humanitarian assistance for Gaza, which experts say is on the brink of famine, as well as billions for Israel.

The U.S. Senate could pass the package as soon as Tuesday, and President Joe Biden has promised to sign it immediately.

AP video by Abdel Kareem Hana

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