I'm back and in the comfort of this studio it's hard to imagine I was ever away.
I don't need to imagine though because what I saw is still etched in my mind. What I never knew is what I know now, which is that those people who live in
are mainly unbelievably young. Gaza
The average age is seventeen. That means that about a quarter of a million are under 10 and you know if you know any ten-year-olds, seven-year-olds, five-year-olds, four-year-olds the idea in the looseness of a war zone that you control your children, that they won't be somewhere where they can be hit, is beyond any kind of imagination, you can't hope to control that.
So that in a very densely packed urban area if you decide to throw missiles, shells and the rest, then undoubtedly you will kill children and that is what they’re doing.
There was one specific moment that stood out above all others and that was penetrating the third floor of the al-Aqsa hospital one of two floors dedicated children.
That's where I met Ma-ha, terribly crippled by shrapnel that had penetrated her spine. That's where I saw this little two-and-a-half-year-old with panda sized huge suppurating round panda like wounds that almost prevented her eyes opening at all. They were the consequence a broken skull and a fractured nose.
I can't get those images out of my mind, and I don't think you can either because they've been everywhere.
They are essence what is happening in
Now of course Hamas for its part was throwing rockets into Israel designed ideally as they would put it “to kill Israelis,” but of course Israel courtesy American Finance has invented the most brilliant shield which is keeping absolutely everything out and that's a big difference.
Suffering is amongst ground troops mainly 20-year-olds who go in and get killed, so when I last spoke to the Norwegian Doctor who is one of those dealing with the consequences of this bombing-
- I asked him how many children have been wounded?
- They've registered 1310.
- How many children dead?
- 166 but that number is growing all the time.
That is what makes this something that everyone of us has to confront; we have to know that in some way we actually share some responsibility for those deaths because for us it is no priority whatever to stop it.
Our United Nations, our government, our world is not that interested.
The fact that you're watching this that you've chosen to watch it, means that you're actually motivated to do something and that in the end is the greatest hope the people in Gaza have.
We cannot let it go on. If our reporting is worth anything, if you're preparedness to listen and watch and read, is anything to go by, together we can make a difference.
Jon Snow, Channel 4 News.