Gaza ‘waiting for war every moment’ as Israel tension surges

This was the first question asked by the children of Amira al-Dreamly when they woke up terrified in the morning to the sound of the Israeli bombardment in the middle of the Gaza Strip.

The 36-year-old mother of five told Al Jazeera the sudden Israeli attack on Thursday took place in their area for the third week in a row, each time distressing her and her kids, who would wake up crying.

“My children are also still affected by the scenes of earthquakes in Turkey and Syria two weeks ago, which were felt by the residents of Gaza,” said al-Dreamly.

“I find it difficult to reassure them, especially since the Israeli missiles are concussive and make the house shake strongly.

“Our hearts are tired in Gaza. We live on our nerves, and we do not know what might happen from one moment to the next. We are waiting for war every moment.”

‘Spreading terror’

The situation for Salama Younes and his family is no different. They wake up terrified to the sounds of violent shelling near their house in Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

The 30-year-old said the Israeli bombing usually targets areas close to the camps “with the aim of spreading terror among civilians and children”.

“The sound of explosions is very terrifying and there is always an excuse that it is bombing military sites, but it always chooses quiet times during the early morning or late night hours near residential areas,” Younes told Al Jazeera.

“What is happening greatly affects our psyche, especially since it is repeated on an almost weekly basis.

“Instead of starting our morning quietly, we start with smoke, terrifying explosions, anxiety and crying of children. It has become unbearable and puts us in a state of constant anxiety.”

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli warplanes launched a series of air strikes on sites belonging to the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, in response to rockets launched from Gaza towards surrounding settlements.

‘Despite the massacres’

Israeli media outlets reported about six missiles were launched from Gaza.

According to local sources, Israeli planes bombed a military site belonging to the Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas, northwest of Gaza City, where the bombing resulted in damage to the site and the surrounding area.

The Israeli planes also attacked a military site in Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

In response to the Israeli bombardment, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem told Al Jazeera: “The resistance in the Gaza Strip will always be present to defend our people, and it monitors every detail of the Israeli crime against the Palestinian people in the West Bank and confirms that its patience is running out.

“Our people in all arenas will continue their revolution despite the massacres by the Israeli occupation, and our response to the aggression will continue.”

Israeli aircraft launched a series of strikes on the Gaza Strip on the morning of February 13, firing eight missiles at a resistance site located in the south.

The bombing led to the destruction of the Hollywood Beach studio, used for filming special events such as weddings. The venue was completely destroyed, with losses amounting to $15,000.

“This is the third time Israeli planes have targeted the studio since it was opened two years ago,” its owner, photographer Muhammad Nassar, 28, told Al Jazeera.

“I do not know the reason for the bombing of this studio. Its location is known to all in the Gaza Strip, and to those who deal with the profession of filming events.”

Nassar said a week after the bombing, he was able to repair a bit of what was destroyed so work could resume.

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