I hope we learn our lesson from this war and understand that we have to unite.
Ziad: "[Because of the war] I learned to be responsible and to not take anything for granted. There are things that I used to believe in and now I don’t and the other way around. I used to trust some people and now I don’t.
After all this loss, the tragedy just started.
Ziad: "Despite the ceasefire we still hear planes. People are repairing their homes. We keep hearing bad news about people killed and injured.
After 23 days of war, I cannot foresee how things will be in the future...
Ziad: "It is quieter in the area where I have been staying for the past two days, yet we can feel that people are worried and anxious. I am very sad because Sheikh Radwan graveyard was bombarded and that is where my father is buried. I don’t understand why they bombed the graveyard?
Unfortunately not having water or electricity and hearing bombs has become part of our routine.
Ziad: "The night passed peacefully, but the night before was pretty bad; the Israelis entered and left the city but they cut off the electricity again. And we still don't have water.
Lately we are forgetting about food...
Ziad: "The building right next to us was bombarded, two apartments were on fire we were scared because our apartment became full of smoke and we were worried after all what we heard about the weapons the Israelis are using ... But a short while ago we got electricity.
There was a lot of bombing last night, we could not sleep.
Ziad: "There was a lot of bombing last night, we could not sleep. Gaza is so different, walking in the streets after being locked in the house for 13 days was a change; all the people are in the streets, shopping and walking around.
Two nights ago...the house was shaking from the bombing.
Ziad: "Two nights ago, we could need sleep everything in the house was shaking from the bombing. Last night was relatively quiet, but we still don't have electricity or water, and the situation is worsening.
My family is alright.
Ziad: "My family is alright. We are tired physically and emotionally. We cannot go out of our home except for very short periods. We are cut off. But among family and friends, we are all helping each other. If one family makes bread, they share it with their neighbors.