8.05pm. Explosions begin again near to us and Al Shifa hospital here in Gaza city…
The Rafah three are there continuing to document; we have heard that Palestinians have got through the border to Egypt, and it has been confirmed that Egyptian forces are shooting at them. We have heard also that 12 lorries of aid came through into Gaza. F was speculating Palestinians would try to take the wall down again.
Israeli tanks are massing at Rafah and also at Beit Hanoun. EJ and M have gone to our contacts in Beit Hanoun for the night. On the way, they witnessed rocket attacks in the Jabalia region on a car painting factory and a metal factory.
E, V, A and I are hoping to arrange to travel in pairs with two Ramatan vans to whatever happens, for documentation, but also shifting into high visibility as internationals if there is an incursion – could include being with families or riding with ambulances, for example. If there is an incursion into Jabalia (no tanks there yet but it was an entry point in March) then E and I at least will try to reach the family we stayed with last night as their house was occupied in March.
V’s and my blogs were quoted in a national Italian newspaper today, with the result that I had 1,300 hits of my blog today and V had 1,500. But give me a couple more hours and I might beat him 🙂 Seriously though, as a new blogger I am overwhelmed to be visited by so many Italian comrades – welcome.
My phone is ringing constantly for press interviews. Maybe the world is finally beginning to listen. I hope so, because we are very much afraid things are going to get worse.
Depending on tonight’s events, some of us will take emergency first aid training in Al Shifa hospital early tomorrow in case of further floods of injured folks, and then possibly ride with the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees mobile clinics, which have turned into extra emergency services, if they would like us.