More than 30,000 dead in Gaza, according to Hamas: “When will this nightmare end?”

Nearly five months of war have left more than 30,000 dead in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry.

Some 2.2 million Palestinians, almost the entire population of Gaza, are threatened with famine, according to the UN. 

Women in a cemetery in Rafah, February 26, 2024. REUTERS - MOHAMMED SALEM

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With our correspondent in Jerusalem, 

Sami Boukhelifa

Nearly five months of war and more than 30,000 deaths in the Palestinian enclave.


When will this nightmare end

? ”

 » asks Zakaria, reached in the


Strip .

Father of a family, he fights for the survival of his family.

The bombings, increasingly scarce food, illnesses, infections, lack of medicine and above all exhaustion.

 You can live in hell, but you can’t sleep there 

,” he said.


Tell you it’s hard?

It's much worse than that, he reacts.

It's indescribable, unimaginable.

But we endure and we accept.

We just move from one region to another all the time.

Right now, we're in Rafah, and the Israelis are probably preparing to attack Rafah.

If this is our fate, may God protect us.


Hope for a truce with Ramadan

On a daily basis, civilians pay the heaviest price of the fighting and bombings which have spared no area, devastated entire neighborhoods and forced 1.7 million Palestinians out of the 2.4 million inhabitants to flee their homes. .

In Rafah, as in the rest of the Palestinian enclave, concern is high.

With a difficult connection, the population nevertheless tries to follow events abroad.

Indirect negotiations between


and Hamas, rumors of a truce, then rumors of a new Israeli ground offensive.


Every day, we hear everything and its opposite

 ,” says Zakaria, who remains hopeful despite everything.

 This war is going to end eventually.

Yes, when we are immersed in it, we feel this fear, we see this destruction, the death, the torn bodies, but all this will eventually pass.


In Gaza, everyone is praying for an end to the fighting before the start of Ramadan, in ten days. 

Also read: In Gaza, the insurmountable suffering of a survivor of Israeli bombings


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