We were woken up in the middle of the night by a very loud explosion. The whole house shook. Nur shouted out, “What’s happening? What’s happening?” I told her that I didn’t know. I was just getting out of bed when there was another explosion and I fell on the floor. I tried to get up but I couldn’t. I started to tell Nur to recite the Shahadatein prayer, because I felt that the house was collapsing on top of us. Nur didn’t reply and I couldn’t see her because of all the rubble and earth that was covering us. I heard Muhammad and Rahaf shouting, “Dad, help, the stones fell on us.” I tried to calm them and said I’d get to them. I was covered in earth and rubble. Rahaf shouted out for help for about five minutes and then she fell silent. I realized that she was dead. I kept on talking to Muhammad and calming him for about twenty minutes, all the time trying to free myself from the rubble. With an effort I managed get my arm out. I felt the air touch it. I saw light and very slowly got the earth off me. I made a small hole to breathe through. I felt a flicker of hope and prayed to God that someone would come to save us.
Two loud explosions woke me up. The window in my room shattered and shards of glass fell all over me. My mother was startled and the power of the explosion made her fall on her back. My brothers and sisters began to shout in fright. My sister Salsabil, 12, was injured in the shoulder.I looked through the window and saw smoke rising from the direction of Yihya’s house. I telephoned him three times but he didn’t answer. I went out of our home with my father and my brother ‘Abdallah, 15. We walked towards Yihya’s home. It was completely destroyed. I heard Yihya shouting out for help from under the ruins. I tried to lift the earth off him and help him out, and my father and brother tried to free Muhammad. We didn’t know where Nur and Rahaf were. A few minutes later some people came and began to search for them. We managed to free Muhammad and with great difficulty we got Yihya out. Nur was lying next to him, dead. Ambulances took them to hospital. We kept on looking for Rahaf for about an hour, together with people from the civil defense. Eventually we found her under the ruins, lifeless.