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Ongoing conflict in Gaza resonates across Triangle

Posted November 20, 2012

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— Despite being separated from the region by thousands of miles, people in the Triangle with friends and family in the Gaza Strip are feeling the full effects of Israel's nearly weeklong offensive.

For many, the startling images coming out of the area are both a stark reminder of the toll of more than 1,500 Israeli strikes and a way to stay connected to people in the region. 

Amani Asad, who has family in Gaza, says news coverage of the fighting helps her stay connected to what her family is experiencing. 

"It's very upsetting," Asad said. "You're constantly worried about the well-being of your family."

Asad and her husband said they feel fortunate to be raising their three children in the United States, but said they constantly worry for the safety of their extended family. 

"We're not getting that peace of mind, you just can't when you see those images. You just can't rest," she said. 

Since the attacks began, 133 Palestinians, including at least 54 civilians, have been killed. Some 840 people have been wounded, including 225 children, Gaza health officials said Tuesday. 

Abdullah Dorgham, a student at North Carolina State University, has used the Internet to keep in touch with relatives in Gaza. 

"I'm messaging him now because I haven't heard from him, he's my cousin," Dorgham said. "That area, I've seen before, I've visited. I know where that is, who could possibly be there and are they OK. That's the first thought that comes to my mind."

Nesren Elhertaini, also a student at NC State, said her family in Gaza lives close to some of the people killed in the violence. 

"They said it's by luck whether they are going to live or not," she said. "There is a house right down the street from them that was victim to an airstrike, and 11 people in the family died."

Like millions of others, people in the Triangle want and end to the violence. Gaza Ongoing conflict in Gaza resonates across Triangle

"Both sides are suffering, both sides have had their losses and I think it is time to end it," Dorgham said. 

Elhertaini agreed, saying people in the region want to "live without fear."

A diplomatic push to end Israel's nearly weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip gained momentum Tuesday, with Egypt's president predicting that airstrikes would soon end, the U.S. Secretary of State racing to the region and Israel's prime minister saying his country would be a "willing partner" to a cease-fire with the Islamic militant group Hamas.

As international diplomats worked to cement a deal, a senior Hamas official said an agreement was close even as relentless airstrikes and rocket attacks between the two sides continued.

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  • ssgncng2 Nov 21, 12:57 p.m.

    The Israelis are at fault for this. When the Arabs attacked in 48, 67, and every other time they should have DEPORTED them from the land of Israel to the land the Arabs came from, Saudi Arabia/Yemen/et al.

    The Arabs are foreign interlopers, aggressors, and colonizers in Israel. They are not now nor have they ever been native to the land. Gaza, Judea, Samaria, and the rest of Israel should be Jihadi free. The Israelis keep treating these terrorists as if they can somehow reason with them. The only language these Jihaddis understand is the one spoken to them with a boot on their throat and a gun pointed at their head. That's it. Reconquer Gaza and deport the Arabs to Arabia. If Egypt intervenes, reconquer the Sinai and deport the Arabs to Arabia. End the terrorism and violence in Judea and Samaria by deporting them to Arabia. End of problem.

  • NCHighlander Nov 21, 12:56 p.m.

    Biggest difference is Hamas is launching missiles with the intended target being any Israelis that can be killed by them. The Israelis are picking targets to minimize the death of non combatants. Easy to see which side is more terrorist in appearance.

  • wral mods blow close my account Nov 21, 10:38 a.m.

    "Israel has a complete right to exist, and an equally complete right to live in peace." josephlawrence43

    Then they need to win the peace.

  • wral mods blow close my account Nov 21, 10:35 a.m.

    there are Jewish people living in the Triangle as well...are they not going to be included in another article?? It's awful what is going on...On Both Sides. whyalltheproblems

    There was an article about Israelis in the Triangle yesterday. I think their brothers were in the IDF.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Nov 21, 10:01 a.m.

    I feel sorry for the truly innocent. But if the Palestinians want Israel to stop attacking them, they should think long and hard about maybe, I dunno, NOT ATTACKING Israel, themselves.

  • redwolfone Nov 21, 9:14 a.m.

    Hamas and Iran will lead the Middle East to its destruction, much like Hitler did to Germany in the 1940s. Hate always leads to destruction. Especially when its racist and religious based.

  • mep Nov 21, 8:18 a.m.

    See what happens when your people embrace terrorists that indiscriminately launch rocket attacks against a sovereign nation? The left wing media has trouble with that.

  • redwolfone Nov 20, 7:57 p.m.

    Ripcord

    Right on... The left is anti Israel and pro Hamas... What they do not realize is the left would be the first ones eliminated in a Islamist state...Like in Iran.. Gee the left is so smart.

  • redwolfone Nov 20, 7:49 p.m.

    "welfarequeen"

    Just like Hamas...Welfare from Iran.

  • Ripcord Nov 20, 7:45 p.m.

    Oddly there is no mention of the rocket attacks launched from Gaza that started this whole thing. Weird...

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