Monday, December 29, 2008

An earthquake on top of your head

Over 300 Killed and 900 wounded in attacks on Gaza

57 of those killed were civilians, including 5 young sisters asleep in their beds

Dr Eyad Al Serraj, a practising psychologist in Gaza City, describes his family's terror as the Israeli attack began:

"The bombing went on for about 10 minutes. It was like an earthquake on top of your head. The windows were shaking and squeaking. My 10-year-old was terrified, he was jumping from one place to another trying to hide. I held him tight to my chest and tried to give him some security and reassure him. My 12-year-old was panicking and began laughing hysterically, it's not normal. I held her hand and calmed her and told her she would be safe. My wife was panicking. She was running around the apartment looking for somewhere to hide."

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) is launching an emergency appeal to provide additional medicine and hospital equipment to the people of Gaza. MAP staff on the ground are working with hospitals that are struggling to cope with large numbers of dead and wounded. Click here to see how to donate.