Extracts from the Middle East Online:
Amid the hustle and bustle, with shouts of people intermingling with the noise of goats and car horns, 40-year-old Fawsa al-Jisha stood out as she stood gazing around surrounded by her nine daughters.
"I just came here to smell the liberty," she said. "I haven't left Gaza for a really long time."
The exodus came a week after Israel imposed a full-scale blockade on Gaza in response to persistent rocket and mortar fire from the territory ruled by Hamas, a democratically elected group pledged to liberating Palestinian land from illegal Israeli occupation.
"There is no justification or basis to demand that we allow the residents of Gaza to live normal lives, while mortars are fired and missiles are launching from their streets and courtyards of their homes toward... communities in the south" of Israel, said Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, who is accused by many international observers of applying “collective punishment”.
The Great Escape - from Nazi brutalities