The first plane with Palestinian children wounded in the war in the Gaza Strip arrived today in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Fifteen children and relatives crossed the Rafah border crossing with Egypt yesterday, from where they flew to Abu Dhabi.
The UAE has promised help for around 1,000 children. Twelve-year-old Amr Jandie went to the Emirates alone. "My dad, uncle and I were talking on the street. My uncle died. My dad is hurt. Suddenly a missile hit and I lost consciousness.
"I woke up and realized that I was in the hospital," he said. Mohamed Abu Tabik (14) was one of the most seriously injured children on the plane - he has neck and spine injuries from a rocket hitting the car he was in. Nabila Mahmoud traveled from Gaza with her 17-year-old daughter Ravan, whose pelvis was broken when their house was hit by a missile that killed 13 members of her family.
The UAE, a federation of seven emirates on the Arabian Peninsula, has had diplomatic relations with Israel since 2020. Some officials in a smaller number officially announced their support for Palestine, while the majority did not announce themselves regarding this issue.
Certainly a nice and humane gesture, we hope that the pain of Palestinian children who are not even aware of what is happening around them will be alleviated at least a little.
The school in the Jabalia refugee camp was attacked, over 50 dead
At least 50 people were killed when Israeli forces attacked the Al-Faqura school in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, an official at the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said.
The official said the attack took place at dawn. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the attack on the Al-Faqura school proves that Israel's declared war on civilians aims to, as it says, "cleanse the entire northern part of the Gaza Strip of Palestinians," Al Jazeera reported. That media previously reported that around 200 people were killed today in the Israeli attack on the Al-Fakura school.