Palestinians carry metal from a factory destroyed during a three-week war between Israel and Hamas in January. (By Adel Hana -- Associated Press)
By Howard SchneiderWashington Post Foreign Service Saturday, May 16, 2009
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip -- Majid Jumeh's house, damaged by the Israeli army during a three-week war in January, is down to a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom, his eight-member family jammed into those bits of livable space wrapped around a rubble pile.
"We are living in a corridor and a bedroom," said Jumeh, 46, who before the war had a steady income from a grocery -- also destroyed, he said -- and a roomy house. "We used to be at a good level. Now look at us."