Palestinian Woman Shares Ordeal at Rafah Crossing
Ola Obeid, a Palestinian woman residing in the United Arab Emirates, recently recounted her distressing experience at the Rafah border crossing in Gaza.
Ola had initially traveled to the Gaza Strip to attend her father’s funeral, with plans to return promptly. However, unforeseen circumstances left her stranded and unable to leave.
“I had intended to stay a few extra days after the funeral,” Ola explained while speaking from the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing. “Unfortunately, the eruption of the ongoing conflict coincided with my scheduled departure.”
Over the past two weeks, Ola has made four attempts to cross the border, each posing significant risks due to the hazardous conditions prevailing on the roads.
“Today, as we were driving, we experienced two air raids in close proximity,” she recounted.
Ola, who also grapples with diabetes, revealed that these have been some of the most challenging days she has ever faced.
“The continuous sounds of bombs and missiles have left the children terrified,” she expressed. “Moreover, the scarcity of basic necessities such as water, electricity, and bread has exacerbated the situation.
“Some individuals urgently require medical treatment and it is imperative that the border be opened.”
Ola’s heartfelt plea sheds light on the dire circumstances faced by many individuals attempting to cross the Rafah border, emphasizing the urgency for measures to alleviate the suffering and enable essential access to medical care and vital resources.