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January 5th, 2009
10:37 AM ET

Life inside Gaza

CNN's Don Lemon talks with Palestinian journalist Laila El-Haddad and her father about what it's like on the inside of Gaza.
CNN's Don Lemon talks with Palestinian journalist Laila El-Haddad and her father about what it's like on the inside of Gaza.

Laila El-Haddad is a Palestinian living in Durham, NC. Her family lives in Gaza City and she communicates with her father, Moussa El-Haddad, a retired physician who lives in Gaza City, on Skype.

Laila El-Haddad is a journalist and keeps a blog, which she updates frequently with news from her father.

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Sunday, January 4

He is out on his balcony. It is 2am.

I call them every hour; sometimes every few minutes when I see renewed bombardment on my television. Sometimes he calls me for assurance:

"What's going on? what's going ?" he repeats in a weary, hypnotic tone.

"It just felt like they bombed our street from the inside out. I can't see anything. I don't know what's happening. What's the news saying?" he asks frantically, desperate for any morsel of information that can make sense of the terror being wrought upon them.

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Filed under: Crisis in Gaza • Israel • Palestine
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Tawhid

    What else can international community do to stop the fighting in Gaza?

    The only one country which can literally influence greatly to stop the fighting is United States of America.
    I think, the international community of US can protest this war and pursue demonstration in front of US embassy.

    January 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  2. Martina Ilstad Germany

    The wold watch whats going on in this war erea. Both sides have to stopp fighting right now.

    January 5, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  3. Cindy

    I saw Laila and her father on with Don over the weekend. You know this has to be the worst thing for her to have to be continually worried if her father and family will even make it through this war. Thankfully they can still speak by phone...hopefully they will be able to continue doing that so he can get up dates and she can be sure he is OK.

    Maybe there can be an agreement made soon to appease both sides and this will end with her dad and family safe and sound.

    Cindy...Ga.

    January 5, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  4. yasir jawaid

    The world watches as israel inhumanly slaughters thousands of palestinians this generation has hit a new low.

    January 5, 2009 at 10:54 am |