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Frustration mounts among war-weary Gaza residents

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 01:36

With no sign of a peace deal in Gaza, frustration is increasing for the hundreds of Palestinian families taking shelter in United Nations-run schools. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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(natsot) Hundreds of Palestinian families taking shelter at UN-run schools say they just want to go home. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WOMAN SHELTERING IN UN-RUN SCHOOL RABAB EL BASOUS, SAYING: "We only have one demand, that they reach a ceasefire so that we can go home in peace...We don't want aid or supplies or anything. We want to go home and that's it." But with no peace deal in sight, these families have no choice. They are among thousands of people warned by the Israeli army to evacuate their homes ahead of military bombardments of their neighborhoods. This man says he tries to remain positive. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MAN SHELTERING IN UN-RUN SCHOOL, FADI KAFARNE, SAYING: "We are optimistic, but we were optimistic before. Israel, or the Zionist enemy, wastes this optimism through its operations and air strikes on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip." Israel launched the offensive on July 8th with the aim of halting cross-border rocket attacks by Hamas militants. Israel has said Hamas bears responsibility for civilian casualties, because it stores weapons in residential areas -- including schools and mosques. And the death toll continues to climb, with more than 2000 Palestinians - mostly civilians - killed Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians in Israel have also died. Now, as Egypt struggles to broker a durable truce, these families are growing increasingly restless -- and skeptical that the fighting will end anytime soon.

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Frustration mounts among war-weary Gaza residents

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 01:36