A family describes daily life under fire in Gaza

A family describes daily life under fire in Gaza

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These boys hear the sound of outgoing missiles, but have not grown used to the sound. (Source: CNN) These boys hear the sound of outgoing missiles, but have not grown used to the sound. (Source: CNN)
Missiles are launched so close to the Yazji home that the smoke is visible from the door.(Source: CNN) Missiles are launched so close to the Yazji home that the smoke is visible from the door.(Source: CNN)
The Yazji family supplements their small income with a garden. (Source: CNN) The Yazji family supplements their small income with a garden. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) – The rockets are raining down on residential areas of Gaza. For many, the attacks are becoming part of daily life. A Palestinian family living on the front lines of the conflict describes what it’s like to…

These boys have heard outgoing missiles before, but they’re still not used to it. A trail of smoke is visible from the front door.

The Yazji family lives in Atatra in northern Gaza near the Israeli border. Nine boys, two girls, their parents, and an uncle live in an area where militants fire rockets at Israel and Israel fires back.

Their mother, Amal, is asked how she deals with the racket of war outside, and if the children cry.

“No, I’m the one who cries for them.” Amal Yazji said. “They don’t understand. Do you know why I cry? Because others like them can play and go here and there. You see this one? When he was nine months old, were stuck in this house for days. Since he was born, he’s seen four wars.”

She says rockets land here, there and everywhere. She and the family would leave, but have nowhere to go.

“If we stay with my family or my in-laws, we would need 15 beds and lots of food,” Amal Yazji said. “We’d need a whole house.”

She and her husband, Jawdat, won’t allow the children out in the streets these days.

Seven-year-old Mohamed says he can’t sleep with the explosions.

When 13-year-old Suhail is asked how his nerves are holding up, his expression speaks for him.

Jawdat used to work in Israel eleven years ago. Since then, he’s gotten by with odd jobs.

His sporadic income is supplemented by their garden where they raise rabbits and chickens, fruits and vegetables.

“All the time we’ve been here, we’ve been hearing drones overhead, occasional shelling, bombing nearby, rockets being fired,” CNN reporter Ben Wedeman said. “It’s not exactly a safe neighborhood.”

Back inside, the boys wait for the next boom.

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