Video has emerged on social media of a 90-year-old Palestinian woman who survived the Nakba in 1948 being forced to leave her home again as thousands of Palestinians fled north Gaza starting on Wednesday Nov. 9.
Anaam was 15 when she was forcibly displaced from her village during the Nakba, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their lands during the creation of Israel in 1948.
She kept her return key in the hopes of returning to her home in that village.
On Nov. 9, she was forced to leave her home in north Gaza again, walking on foot for more than five kilometers, after Israel intensified its attack on northern Gaza and food and water ran out due to Israel’s complete blockade.
The video of Anaam was captured by Belal Khaled, a Palestinian photographer, and went viral online, being reshared widely.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee on foot north Gaza starting on Wednesday Nov. 9, when Israel announced it would begin pausing military operations for four hours a day to allow humanitarian aid to enter and civilians to flee.
15,000 Palestinians had already fled on Tuesday, triple the 5,000 who fled on Monday.
More than 70% of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million have already been displaced since the war started on Oct. 7, but the number fleeing south has grown in recent days.
This is because Israeli troops are now fighting Hamas fighters inside Gaza city and food and water is running out due to Israel’s complete blockade of Gaza.