'Their faces were destroyed by missile strikes' - Nurul Ain

MARLISSA MOHAMAD KAMAL, NURHIDAYAH HAIROM, NOR SYAMIRA LIANA NOR ASHAHA, SITI AISYAH MOHAMAD, AISYAH BASARUDDIN
16 Nov 2023 01:17pm
Nurul Ain and her husband, Mohamed (third from the right), embrace her parents, Mastura and Haron, upon their arrival at KLIA on Tuesday night.
Nurul Ain and her husband, Mohamed (third from the right), embrace her parents, Mastura and Haron, upon their arrival at KLIA on Tuesday night.
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SEPANG - Nurul Ain Haron, a Malaysian citizen who was evacuated from Gaza through the Rafah border in Egypt, recounted her heart-wrenching experience of how her husband's family members were martyred when their house was hit by Israel's missiles.

"It wasn't just one, but eight missiles.

"Their faces were completely destroyed, unrecognisable," she said while in tears upon her arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here on Tuesday night with her Palestinian husband Mohamed A.M. Shaat.

They arrived via Qatar Airways from Doha, Qatar.

Her 65-year-old father, Haron Hamim, 61-year-old mother Mastura Yusof, 15-year-old sister Puteri Dania Qistina and her other relatives were there to welcome them at the airport.

Nurul Ain, 37, and her husband had been in Gaza since Oct 1 to visit the latter's relatives before the Israeli attacks on Gaza since Oct 7.

"I managed to leave Gaza and entrust them (the Palestinian people) to Allah's care," she said.

When asked about her feelings after safely arriving from Gaza, she said at first she and her hisband did not even want to leave Gaza as his extended family was still there, but the situation worsened.

"The situation became worse than the conflict in 2014.

"So, my husband and I had to leave because he needed to work and if he didn't continue working, how could we support our family?" she said, adding that Mohamed was a medical doctor based in Dubai.

She also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Foreign Ministy and the Egyptian Embassy for their efforts in facilitating their evacuation from Gaza.

Nurul Ain said if she had stayed in Gaza, she would not have been able to help due to lack of food stocks and blankets.

"It's better for me to leave Gaza to plan our next steps," she said.

When asked about her plans to assist the Palestinian people, Nurul Ain said she would strive to send aid by transferring the donations she received to Dubai.

"We'll look for other solutions to send the aid. We will transfer donations to Dubai and liaise with distributors there. May Allah ease everything,"she said.