Bombing has begun in the al-Zeitoun neighbourhood, the Association Pro Terra Sancta reports
Gaza's pastor with an elderly man
Yesterday evening, Fr. Jorge was told to vacate the local church and parish, following announcements that the al-Zeitoun neighbourhood was going to be bombed.
But where can the priest and the three Mother Teresa nuns with the 29 disabled children and 9 sick elderly women in tow go?
Yesterday morning Gaza’s Christian community was devastated by the death of two elderly women who were no longer able to endure the harsh conditions they were forced to live in after they moved into the church. To add to their sadness, a missile hit the home of Jalila Farah Aiad Um Jerjis, reducing it to rubble.
Jalila Farah Aiad Um Jerjis was burnt to death, while her husband suffered minor injuries. Their eldest son is in a deep coma. He had both his legs and a hand amputated and suffered serious burns to the face and chest. Anton, the couple’s youngest son, was attending mass in the church when the tragedy occurred.
Fr. Jorge highlighted that missiles show no favouritism; they kill the minute they land and there is no safe haven in any part of the strip. Recalling the Pope’s prayers for a ceasefire and peace, he called for an immediate ceasefire to stop this never-ending massacre. He stressed that none of the individuals who died today were terrorists. Fr. Jorge wrote this in a letter before the night bombings that destroyed the nuns’ home and damaged the local school and some other parish buildings. Fortunately the church - where children, some elderly and some families have taken shelter – was not affected.
The Israeli bombs that were originally meant to eliminate 73 individuals, have so far only succeeded in wiping out ordinary civilians.