‘Everyone Was Surprised’: Palestinians in Gaza React to Conflict

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‘Everyone Was Surprised’: Palestinians in Gaza React to Conflict

While recovering from Israel’s retaliatory airstrikes, Gaza residents expressed surprise and shock at the brazen attack by Hamas on Israeli soil.

01:34-01:38 What forced us to flee was the intensity of the bombing, 01:38-01:39 which was unlike anything in the past. 01:39 The bombing did not spare any tree or home or person; it targeted all. Israeli forces bombarded Central Gaza with retaliatory airstrikes following a surprise Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 6. Amid the ruins, Palestinian residents in Gaza City expressed surprise at the forcefulness of the Hamas attack on Israeli soil. 00:00-00:05 We woke up yesterday to the sound of rockets launched from [Gaza] 00:07-00:09 No one understood what was going on 00:18-00:29 You know how in the past it was a big deal if we our side managed to capture one [Israeli] soldier. Now imagine an entire settlement. 00:23-00:39 An unprecedented occurrence in the span of the palestinian issue CUT OUT from 1948 until 2023, an unprecedented operation by the resistance factions, one that is unimaginable and one that no political or security expert could have predicted. Everyone was surprised by the attack of the [Palestinian] resistance. It was strong. 00:44-00:49 We’re used to the pounding and the blasts and the horror and the fear in our children. 00:49-00:51 We’re used to that stuff. Tens of thousands of people are seeking shelter at schools across Gaza amid ongoing attacks. More than 1,100 people have been killed in the ongoing escalation.

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