American grandmother stuck in Gaza after visiting sick father

American grandmother stuck in Gaza after visiting sick father


Updated October 18, 2023 at 12:06 a.m. ET

RAFAH, Gaza Strip—When Israel’s retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza began last week, Wafa al-Saqqa, a retired American teacher who came to visit her ailing father, decided to stick it out, believing that his upscale northern neighborhood would probably not be targeted.

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