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When the first bombings occurred on December 27, Qu was in her own home. She said that she had already gotten used to staying at home most of the time. Qu lives in an apartment building far away from the Hamas military area in Gaza city. Most of the residents in this building are relatives of her husband, and his younger brother lives upstairs, so if something were to happen they can take care of one another. Qu and her children felt fortunate after learning from the TV that in a nearby community, where Hamas military facilities and residences are close to one another, bombs from Israeli airplanes had caused many civilian casualties. When asked whether her home was safe and what happened during air strikes, Qu said, "We get news and updates from the TV and for the most part we rarely go out. Even if we do, there is nowhere to go. The stores and companies outside are all closed. I heard that a lot of people are dead. I do not want to see this, because it's too bloody." She said, "There used to be bombings, too, but this time it is different. We only experienced bombings on the border in the past, but now the attacks are targeting the entire Gaza Strip. They last a long time, and are on a larger scale. Though small conflicts occurred often before, such large-scale bombings never did."|
When asked whether she felt scared when the air raid occurred, Qu replied: "I was not that nervous. But, how should I put it? It was really not a good feeling to know that our lives were in danger every single minute. Under many circumstances, the safety of our lives could not have been guaranteed at all. Bombings could have occurred at any moment," she said.
In July 2008, Qu Yang came to Beijing with her children for the Olympic Games and to spend some time with her husband, who was working in Shanghai. That was a happy and delightful time. On December 2, they went back to Gaza. Qu Yang said that her home was there, so she had to return and take care of her children there.
"Now, we experience blackouts nearly 16 hours a day. We have no Internet access most of the time, and there is no signal for mobile phones either. Maybe communications are being controlled because of military clashes. It is hard to contact the outside world, so when the electricity returns, we immediately log onto the Internet or call my family in Beijing to tell them we are still safe."