Back to Gaza, closed in again
So my mother made it back to Gaza, finally. That means I have rejoiced, and Yousuf's menacing can once again be put in (arguable) check. Unfortunately her trip back from Khan Yunis, where she was stuck for three days while visiting her mother, after the Israelis closed down the Abo Holi checkpoint, was not so easy. The Israelis annonced they would be opening Abo Holi for 1 1/2 hours last night, from 7-9:30pm. Thousands of stranded Palestinians fled to the checkpoint to try to make it back to Gaza in time, including my mother. She was stuck in a car for 4 hours, with a 5-month pregnant woman that began to have abdominal pains for waiting so long, and most likely miscarried her baby later on, according to my mother (a physician). The Israelis were only letting through 5 cars at a time, which result in an immense backlog of cars, people, goods. We did'nt hear from her for 4 hours and were afraid something had happened-the invisible soldiers in the outpost guarding Abo Holi often shoot haphazroudly at commters (last week they killed a 14-year old boy). Thank God she made it home alive, and once again, we are sealed into Gaza. Abo Holi was closed again today.