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Nine-month-old Danish baby is trapped in Gaza

Nine-month-old Layan Ayesh is one of the approximately 20 Danes that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is trying to get out of Gaza.

Heyam Ayesh’s voice sounds distant through the scratchy phone connection. Her daughter, nine-month-old Layan, cries in the background.

– My baby cries all the time. She is afraid of the bombs. They bomb all day and all night. We don’t sleep, she says.

Heyam has tried putting cotton wool in her daughter’s ears to calm her down. Her own hearing has been damaged by the loud bombardments of recent weeks, and she repeatedly asks for the questions to be repeated.

– There are no safe places to go. They bomb the cars, they bomb the streets, they bomb everyone’s homes, she says.

– They don’t just bomb by plane, they also come by land every night.

Heyam Ayesh is Palestinian and lives in Gaza City. She is married to Eyad Ayesh, who is a Danish citizen, as is their common daughter.

The daughter, together with her mother, is one of the approximately 20 Danes that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently trying to get out of Gaza.

‘There is a high risk that my daughter and wife will be killed’

Eyad Ayesh is in Denmark and has been trying to get his wife and daughter to safety since the war broke out.

He is in close contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Citizen Service, but so far his family has not been allowed to cross the border.

– I do not understand why we have waited for 25 days of war now, and why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not put pressure on Israel and Egypt, he says.

Eyad Ayesh says that their shared house in Gaza has been bombed. He usually lives both in Denmark and with his wife in Gaza.

Now the wife lives with her parents, where all the windows in the house are broken because the house next door has been bombed.

– There is a high risk that my daughter and wife will be killed. It can happen in an hour, two hours or two minutes, he says.

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