Too close to home: Gaza-native Mohammad Assaf makes emotional plea for his city under attack

Published August 5th, 2014 - 01:21 GMT

On July 30, an emergency relief flight from Dubai carrying supplies to help people in Gaza, also carried a special passenger: Assaf himself!

Assaf made an emotional plea upon landing in Amman, "There's pain in my heart from what's happening in my town to my people in my beloved home that's hurting. Words can't describe what I feel, how the Arab world feels, how the whole world feels. Now we all have to help my beloved people in Gaza who are suffering under the attacks."

Last month, the Gaza-native and Arab Idol winner was banned from entering his hometown by Israeli forces during Ramadan.

The singer and a medical team, that was accompanying him, were stopped at the Bait Hanoon border between Jordan and Gaza and were refused entry to the city.

Assaf released a press release addressing the incident saying, "I prefer to break my fast with the sounds of missiles with my people than to watch the tragic events on television screens, but the occupied forces have placed a blockade between me and my people."

He stated that he had intended on entering Gaza with an UNRWA medical relief team from the Jordanian capital Amman, but Israeli forces stopped him and banned him from entering.

Mohammad ended his press release saying, "Happy Martyr holiday and may God accept your resistance."

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