A day after a massive Israeli offensive against Gaza, I came face to face with the Gaza Strip’s conflict for the first time.
I am one of a few journalists in the world who have been allowed to cover the conflict from inside Gaza, but even I could not understand how Israel was able to inflict so much damage on the civilian population of the Palestinian territory without any real international condemnation.
I was initially taken aback by the scale of the damage.
After a day of bombing and shelling, the streets of Gaza were completely engulfed by thick black smoke.
But I could also tell that the Palestinian population in Gaza is not in a position to protest or to ask for anything other than the destruction of its homes.
The streets of the enclave were full of rubble, and the residents of Gaza are already living in shacks with no electricity, running water or running water connections.
The Palestinian Authority and Hamas have both declared a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza, and many of the international organizations and aid organizations that have been helping Palestinians in Gaza have agreed to help the people of Gaza rebuild their homes.
I thought I had heard the news of the ceasefire and the impending end of hostilities, but it turns out it was nothing of the sort.
The Israeli military has launched an unprecedented offensive, using artillery and airpower to destroy the infrastructure of the territory.
On Friday night, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, the first military operation against Hamas in Gaza since 2014.
As I walked through the streets, I could see the damage from the first strikes that hit.
Buildings were completely destroyed and the homes of the people in Gaza were almost completely destroyed.
I could hear the explosions and see bodies scattered around.
I saw the Palestinian Authority flag flying on top of buildings that had been set on fire by the Israeli air force, but I could do nothing to help them.
I tried to ask my cameraman for information about what was happening in Gaza but he was too busy crying to answer me.
The shelling was getting more intense and more intense, and I had to ask the Israeli military to stop.
I did not know what to do.
It was only when I walked out of the military zone and into the open air that I saw that it was the start of the worst humanitarian crisis in Gaza for years.
The Palestinian people were still suffering from the trauma of the recent war, and now they were facing an attack that could take place anywhere, anytime.
A military zone in Gaza was created in the morning, and in the middle of the night, I was surprised to see Israeli jets and tanks approaching the border with Gaza.
I was also shocked to see the Israeli forces carrying out what appeared to be indiscriminate fire against the civilian residents of the area.
A few minutes later, I saw dozens of Israeli soldiers shooting live ammunition at the people who were living in the area, as well as civilians who were running for cover.
I had not seen such a thing before.
It was clear that Israeli forces were targeting the entire civilian population.
A woman in Gaza: I heard what seemed to be gunfire, but could not see anything, she said.
I arrived in Rafah, the southern Gaza Strip, and was shocked to find a scene unlike anything I had ever seen.
I did not understand what was going on, until I went to the Gaza border crossing and saw Israeli soldiers loading hundreds of boxes with food and water into trucks.
The soldiers had no idea what they were loading, or what to expect.
I left the area in the hope that someone might notice that there was no food, water or other aid in the trucks and would get back to me.
I went through the area of Rafah in the afternoon and saw that the Israelis were targeting every single home in the Gaza enclave, including the people that were living there.
In the afternoon, I had another experience that shocked me.
Israeli soldiers were shooting live rounds at people who had nothing to do with the attack on Gaza, including children.
A woman was sitting in her house with her child, and she did not realize that an Israeli had gone to the house and had opened fire.
It appeared that Israel had not been informed about the attacks on the residents in Gaza.
It seemed that they had not even seen the attack, as they were still trying to get back into Gaza.
The Israeli military seemed to not have been paying attention to the situation.
I walked around the area with a journalist and a cameraman and was astonished to see children running away from their homes and hiding in the open, not knowing what was around them.
The situation was completely out of control.
A young boy ran out of his house to find his mother and daughter, and he was screaming.
He was terrified.
I spent the rest of the day walking through the empty streets, which was absolutely terrifying.
I witnessed the Israeli army carrying out indiscriminate airstrikes on people in the vicinity of the crossing, and when I came to the area around the military base, I found myself being targeted.
The shells hit my home,