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Palestinians flee or prepare to die as Israel threatens to invade Gaza

2023-10-17T14:09:36+00:00
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Palestinians flee Gaza City (AP/Shutterstock)
  • Palestinians flee or are preparing to die in Gaza.
  • Some American citizens are trapped.
  • Israel threatens a ground invasion.

Gazans face the imminent threat of an Israeli ground invasion.

Palestinians are desperately seeking refuge or fleeing the region as the Israel-Hamas war escalates.

Airstrikes have hit the area and American citizens caught in the middle of this turmoil have made an urgent appeal to the US government.

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An example of this anguish is Yaser Betar, a US citizen originally from Texas, who spoke to USA Today.

Betar is in Gaza trying to get his family across the southern border to safety.

He described the extremely precarious conditions in the region and the constant fear of an imminent invasion. «We are waiting here,» he revealed.

«Hundreds of thousands of people are walking to leave Gaza City to go to the south border because they are preparing for a big invasion,» Betar told the outlet.

Palestinians reveal how they are preparing to ‘die’

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Betar returned to the area to visit his children shortly before a surprise Hamas attack triggered the worst escalation of the conflict in at least 50 years.

His desperation was reflected in his words: “Nobody is helping us. Nobody. Even the U.S. consulate is not helping us.”

The situation is even more critical since Israel warned more than a million people that they had 24 hours to leave their homes.

According to spokesperson for the UN secretary general, Stéphane Dujarric, this is «impossible» and will have «devastating humanitarian consequences.»

Palestinian families are separated by conflict

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According to USA Today, this crisis was triggered in response to a surprise attack by Hamas militants on Saturday.

The terrible incident has caused the worst escalation of Israel-Palestine conflict in decades. So far, more than 423,000 people have had to flee their homes.

Many of them unfortunately face the constant threat of airstrikes that have claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people.

The situation is equally distressing for American citizens who find themselves caught in the middle of this conflict.

Hope in the midst of despair

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Mai Abushaaban, 22, shared concern for her mother and sister, who are trying to evacuate the area to the south in Rafah and Khan Yunis.

The uncertainty about their survival is constant. «They don’t know if they’re going to live to see tomorrow, let alone the next hour.,» Abushaaban said.

On the other hand, Nour Joudah, a UCLA professor who has family in Gaza, described reading a viral story by a young journalist covering a bombing that occurred at his own house.

It turned out Joudah’s cousins-in-law also lived in that building.

Blockade of Gaza and calls for the release of hostages

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This conflict has affected every corner of the region, leaving families devastated by the loss of neighbors, friends and relatives.

Faced with the risks of evacuation and ongoing airstrikes, many people have chosen to take refuge in their homes and prepare for a ground invasion that seems imminent.

Joudah pointed out the danger of trying to leave the area amid the shelling, which has led some to decide to stay in their homes and hope for the best.

Betar’s and Abushaaban’s families have repeatedly sought help from the U.S. Consulate, without receiving a response, said USA Today.

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