GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Despite the constant Israeli airstrikes, daily life in the blockaded Gaza Strip is going on normally with all shops open and markets crowded with shopper.
“I swear to God that I am not scared. Let them bombard as they like, we aren’t afraid as we don’t want to die twice, once from fear and once from missiles,” says Umm Muhammad, in her 50s, in al-Zawiya market in Gaza City.
Elderly man hajj Ibrahim Abbas told Ma’an that he lives his life normally despite the ongoing airstrikes.
“The occupation’s warplanes won’t be able to kill the will of life,” he said while waiting in front of a bakery to buy breed.
The unique aspects of the holy month of Ramadan are still visible in the Gaza Strip. Several customers were queuing in front of Qatayif shops to buy the exclusive Ramadan sweets.
“If we die, we are martyrs, and if we live, we triumph over them, God willing,” one shopper said.
Even during evening hours, life in Gaza seems otherwise normal.
Worshipers can be seen going back and forth to mosques for the late evening prayer, and young men can be seen in cafes and coffee shops watching World Cup matches and paying little attention to the warplanes hovering in the sky.
At the same time, dozens of wakes have been opened across the coastal enclave to receive mourners who come to offer condolences for the more than 100 people killed since Tuesday.