(London Telegraph) “It began at 4.30am when first shells landed. I was sleeping and I woke up the sounds of explosions,” said Abu Fares, a resident.

Power to the village had been cut the day before; all lights were out, mobile telephone batteries had drained and landline telecommunications were cut. There was no calling for help. Terrified, Abu Fares and the other residents stayed inside, crouching behind the most solid walls of their homes and praying they would not be hit.

“The shelling was too strong to go outside, we did not know what was happening there,” he said. “After some hours everything fell silent. I went outside of my house. There was destruction everywhere and bodies under the rubble. Most of the houses were damaged or destroyed.”

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