'Amazing To Sleep Without Fear' - Irish Family Evacuated From Gaza
An Irishman who escaped Gaza with his three children yesterday has sent a message of thanks to Ireland.
Ibrahim Alagha, his wife Hamida and his children Sami, Eileen and Omar were among the 23 Irish citizens and their dependents to be evacuated from Gaza through the Rafah Crossing yesterday.
It is understood the Department of Foreign Affairs has been liaising with around 40 Irish citizens in the Palestinian territory in recent weeks and more are expected to make the crossing today.
The family, from Blanchardstown in Dublin, have said that last was the first time they slept without fear in 50 days.
“I was just talking to a friend and I was saying that is the biggest jump in living conditions that anyone can experience,” Ibrahim said.
“One night you're sleeping in fear, you're squeezed in a small space on the floor – hungry and thirsty and with no energy and the bombing around you.
“The next day in a very nice hotel - a calm place - You know, it's a big, big difference.”
He said his children have been sick in recent weeks but are a “lot better” this morning.
“They couldn't believe that they could eat whatever they want and drink as much water as they want without any restrictions anymore – and have a nice shower,” he said.
“So, it's a strange feeling for them and for us.”