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Palestinian Girl's Plea Goes Viral After Her Neighbourhood Was Bombed

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Palestinian Girl's Plea Goes Viral After Her Neighbourhood Was Bombed

A Palestinian girl's reaction to her home being bombed has gone viral on social media.

Nadine Abdel-Taif, 10, was interviewed while standing next to rubble in Gaza following a wave of targeted Israeli airstrikes on the besieged city.

She was one of many who has lost her home during the latest outpouring of violence between Israel and Palestine.

The young girl was trying to fight back tears as she expressed how devastated she is at seeing death and destruction.

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"I'm always sick. I can't do anything. I'm only 10," she said in a video. "What am I supposed to do? Fix it? I'm only 10. I can't even deal with this anymore.

"I just want to be a doctor or anything to help my people. But I can't. I'm just a kid.

"I get scared. I'd do anything for my people. But I don't know what to do."

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She has illustrated the human impact these airstrikes and missile attacks have and urged both sides to lay down their weapons and end their fighting.

Nadine expressed to Middle East Eye how heartbreaking it is to see neighbourhoods reduced to nothing.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"All of this when I see it, I literally cry every day. I said to myself, why do we deserve this? What did we do for this? My family said they just hate us. They just don't like us because we are Muslims," she said. "It's not fair."

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The violence was sparked after weeks of tensions escalated in a tit-for-tat that has seen hundreds of people killed and many more wounded.

It's the largest scale of fighting in the region since the war that broke out in 2014.

It erupted thanks to planned forced evictions of Palestinian families from households in East Jerusalem, attacks on Orthodox Jews, restrictions around gatherings at the Damascus Gate and during Ramadan, Hamas missile attacks and retaliation airstrikes from Israel, the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites in the Muslim faith, and several other incidents that provoked the other side.

A comprehensive timeline can be found here.

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Firefighters extinguish blaze caused by a rocket fired from Gaza Strip towards Israel. Credit: PA
Firefighters extinguish blaze caused by a rocket fired from Gaza Strip towards Israel. Credit: PA

Israel's military continued hammering Gaza with airstrikes over the weekend and have warned there will be a few more days of fighting.

Israel's Prime Minister has labelled their offensive on Gaza as 'just' and is committed to defending itself until the missile strikes from Hamas stop.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Israeli military give advance warning to people in Gaza of the buildings they intend to target and allow for enough time for residents to evacuate before the airstrikes hit.

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He said Hamas just fires rockets at Israeli citizens without care of who survives.

There have been at least 188 people killed and more than 1,200 wounded on the Palestinian side and 10 people killed and nearly 600 injured on the Israeli side.

Featured Image Credit: Middle East Eye

Topics: News, Palestine, Israel

Stewart Perrie
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