Many people have asked me how Basel’s family is doing. I wasn’t sure if an update alert would be sent if I edited the original post (“Your home is about to be destroyed”), so I’m just adding a quick one now:
The Khalils of Jabaliya Refugee Camp are still alive as of now. They have a new baby, Basel’s niece Taleen; she is healthy. They have not left their home; there is nowhere to go. Others in Jabaliya and Beit Lahiya have fled to UN shelters, but as we know from 2008-2009, UN shelters are not safe. Nowhere in Gaza is safe.
Israel is using white phosphorus gas again. The magnificent, firework-spectacle screaming streaks through the night sky, the ones that burn flesh off on contact, melt babies alive, keep wounds open even on the survivors for years with nerve damage and bleeding reminders of the world’s abandonment. That stuff that was declared a war crime when Israel used it on Gaza in 2008-2009. Where do they get it?
Israel is also using another unidentified poison gas.
Basel’s family is trying to shield part of their home with plastic sheeting and put the children there, so they don’t breath the poisoned gasses. Please tell your local media and elected officials about the Khalils.