FW: update and pictures from Ramallah
>Subject: FW: update and pictures from Ramallah
>Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 10:30:09 -0400
>More disturbing pics/accounts from Ramallah taken over the weekend...please
>distribute to the media, etc.
>Dear Friends and family,
>This is large message - sorry about that. Although the bombardment on
>Ramallah has subsided to other parts of the West Bank, the situation here
>remains quite tense and volatile. The main water source was restored to
>city; however, some families are still living without any electricity or
>water because of major damages to the infrastructure in their areas. Today
>is the 8th day of curfew in Ramallah. We were permitted out for 3 hours
>today. The tanks are very much remaining in the city and whoever is inside
>them watch us carefully as we do our shopping. The shelves on the stores
>are nearly bare and people are grabbing anything they can get their hands
>on. People who remember 1967 (I was only 2) confirm that this is a much
>worse situation. Humanitarian conditions are unprecedented and disastrous.
>The health care system is the most worrying. Morals remain high despite
>people's pessimism of what the future holds.
>Seeing the massive destruction in the city today is a very sad account of
>the intent and ability of the Israeli occupation forces to indiscriminately
>and deliberately destroy our infrastructure, institutions and homes.
>Although the buildings' exterior seems intact, it is only when you enter
>them that you see the horrific and devastating images of absolute
>destruction. The photos were taken today and are mainly of the Natsheh
>building and the Ramallah Municipality. Although not photographed, I saw
>similar images of destruction in some of the homes that were entered by the
>Thank you all for distributing the photos as widely as you can. If your
>viewer can make them smaller, they become much clearer - try that.
>Family and kids are generally coping well.
>All the best from Ramallah,
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