Gaza devastation as Israel launches war on Hamas: Live updates

4:57 PM ET, May 11, 2024

A father in northern Gaza describes the dangerous conditions in which families are fleeing, with “nowhere safe”.

From CNN’s Sarah El Sirkhani, Karim Khader and Mohammad Tawfiq



A screenshot of a video obtained by CNN shows a man driving with his children and their belongings. “I don’t know where we are going. We have been displaced 7 or 8 times. We and the children are suffering,” the man, who did not give his name, told a CNN thread.

Retrieved from CNN
Retrieved from CNN

Following the Israeli army’s evacuation orders on Saturday, some families in northern Gaza say they don’t know where to turn to describe the dangerous situation in the area.

The IDF ordered residents and displaced people in several neighborhoods there to immediately leave the area and head for “shelter” west of Gaza City, warning they were in a “dangerous war zone.”

“I don’t know where we’re going. We’ve been displaced 7 or 8 times. We and the children are suffering,” the father of three, who asked not to be named, told CNN.

A father riding a motorcycle with his young children and belongings said Israeli forces “threw leaflets saying they will invade the north”.

“We are only moved by the little ones, and I don’t care if I die, but I care about them,” he said, “there is no safe place.”

“I don’t know what to say. Is this a life? Death is more honorable than this disgrace,” he said.

Another person described Friday night as “intense”. He said this is the tenth time he has migrated. Artillery attacks continue in the north and his family is expecting death at any moment, he said.

“We fear for our lives, I will look for a place, pitch a tent. Something to escape death,” he added.

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