Fida Qishta is a writer and teacher living in Rafah in the Gaza Strip. She is keeping a diary of the Israeli bombardment which is being posted on the Guardian website
By Fida Qishta
Monday 5 January
Every night, the Israeli air strikes continue to hit Rafah. The air is full of smoke. At home, we are trying to have a normal life, but it’s not possible. We are scared to death. My dad is terrified, so my sisters and I are trying to be normal, to make him feel better. We talk about stories from the old days, to make him laugh. One of the funniest things we used to ask my father when we were children, when we watched cartoons on the TV, was: “Dad, can we get into the TV?” He’d say: “No, silly, you can’t.” Then we’d ask: “How did these other people get into the TV?” — Continue reading this at the Guardian.