Gaza City, May 17, 2021 / 13:38 pm
The sole Catholic priest in the Gaza Strip has warned of the severity of the recent violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
More than 200 people have died in Gaza, 59 of whom are children, the BBC reports. In Israel, 10 have died, of whom two are children.
Israel is conducting air strikes on Gaza, while militants from Hamas, the Islamist movement which has ruled the territory since 2007, are firing rockets at Israel.
Tens of thousands of Gaza residents have been displaced by the violence, and both hospitals and schools have been destroyed in the territory.
Fr. Gabriel Romanelli is the pastor of Holy Family parish, the only Catholic parish in the Gaza Strip. The priest told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language news partner, “the situation in the Gaza Strip is very bad. Day and night we’re bombarded. The bombing usually only takes place at night and during the day life is more or less normal. But these days, both day and night, there is bombing, rockets from the strip and the Israeli response, with planes and tanks."
“Currently there is constant bombing. Even when it stops, the silence is strange and makes you feel like you’re in the eye of the hurricane,” he said.
The priest noted that since November 2019 there has been no "talk of war" in the area and even "material progress, there were more businesses and the housing was better." However, after the start of the attacks, the situation is “very uncertain.”
“There is no neighborhood or city that hasn’t been hit, some very hard. And the Israeli authorities state that as long as the aggression continues they will continue to bomb and the Palestinians also say that as long as the (Israeli) advance doesn’t let up, they will continue to respond,” the priest explained.