I woke up to a siren today. You know how you come to hate the sound of your alarm, the one that lets you know the night’s up, it’s time for work, for kids, for the day to start?
So you change it every few months, and you definitely hit snooze at least twice. There’s no snooze button for sirens.
I ran to the safe room in my parents’ basement, because that’s what life is like for me now, in Israel. That’s what life is like for millions of Israelis going on their third week of war.And I’m lucky, because my concrete, bomb-proof safe room is in the house.
Had I lived in an apartment complex, I wouldn’t sleep in my pajamas. I would sleep with day clothes on because pajamas are no way to greet your neighbors, and you never know when the sirens are going to blast.
Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel’s military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip, saying no ceasefire was near as U.S. and U.N. diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives as the conflict entered its third week.
The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel’s defense minister pledged to keep fighting “as long as necessary” — raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry were heading to Cairo on Monday to try to end the deadliest conflict between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers in just over five years.
Meanwhile, cross-border fighting continued unabated, with Israeli strikes leaving entire families buried under rubble and Hamas militants firing more than 50 rockets and trying to sneak into Israel through two tunnels, the latest in a series of such attempts.
For the second day in a row, the daily Palestinian death toll surpassed 100 on Monday, pushing the total number killed since the new round of fighting began on July 8 to at least 566, Palestinian officials said, adding that some 3,350 have been wounded.