Fatima’s family is separated. She lives in Bethlehem in the West Bank, her parents and relatives in Gaza. She followed their fate over the past few days via a shaky telephone connection. After the Israeli attacks expanded, it no longer reached anyone.
When the phone rings, her body jumps. She hates these moments the most. She waits for the call where someone will tell her: someone is dead. The days pass by on the cell phone screen. On the third day of the war, Israeli bombs destroyed the family home, the niece’s legs were amputated, and Mohammed, the brother, was in intensive care with a back injury. But they are alive, or at least they were when she last heard from them.
Fatima has not been able to reach anyone for 24 hours. There is no longer any mobile communications or internet in Gaza.
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