Lena Ag is photographing a bombed sportscenter i Gaza 2011. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Linda Öhman
Lena Ag is photographing a bombed sportscenter i Gaza 2011. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Linda Öhman

Airstrikes on Gaza


The violence between Israel and Palestine is increasing. - The civilian population of Gaza is being severely affected, regardless of socioeconomic status. Civilians have died, including a pregnant woman and several children, says Linda Öhman, Kvinna till Kvinna’s field representative.  

- Today is the Palestinian Independence Day and the bombs are falling over Gaza and Gaza City. Symbolically, it becomes extra heavy to the Palestinians, says Linda Öhman and continues:

Yesterday, on Wednesday, there were approximately 50 Israeli airstrikes against Gaza. A hundred of rockets have been fired against southern Israel since the weekend, and sirens were heard in Tel Aviv.

The entire population of Gaza, who have lived completely enclosed under siege since 2007, is affected by this escalation in violence. The electricity supply which was already bad is only getting worse. Many people are sitting in the dark without access to computers or television.

 Linda Öhman works at Kvinna till Kvinna’s field office in Jerusalem and she in close contact with many women’s rights organizations. 

- The escalation began during the weekend, and yesterday the Hamas leader Asmad al-Jabari was killed, says Linda Öhman.  

Details on how many civilians have been killed or wounded since the escalation in violence began differ, but at least thirteen are reported to have died and 120 wounded. Three Israelis also died last night.  

- During my three years as field representative for Kvinna till Kvinna I have not seen the situation get as serious as it is now. I had to cancel a visit to several women’s organizations that I should have met on Monday. They called and asked if I really ought to come, and that’s when we decided to cancel it.  

The women’s rights activists that Linda Öhman has talked to express fear and concern for the future.

- They are afraid since they feel it can lead to something bigger. Bombs do fall on Gaza regularly, but usually only in specific areas and not in these numbers. The escalation we see is really worrying, says Linda Öhman. We hope for the situation to calm down as soon as possible.  

Ida Svedlund