In the early morning hours of May 3, 2014, a group of Palestinian men in dark suits and black jeans, all wearing goggles, pulled out a rusty, broken metal box from the ground and threw it into a ravine below.
Inside, they found a tiny white coffin that weighed only a few grams.
Inside were two small children who had been born prematurely and had severe brain damage.
Their names were Jamil, 5, and Tarek, 4.
Jamil and Tisheh had been abandoned by their families when the war broke out and were now in the care of an NGO called the Children of Palestine.
They had been raised in the Gaza Strip, but had fled the region with the rest of their family to Bethlehem and then to Israel.
They are now the sole surviving children of this Gaza-born community.
In the aftermath of the war, when Israel declared a state of emergency, it placed a blanket of Israeli restrictions on Gaza’s economy and residents, and closed all schools and hospitals.
In a country where nearly 70 percent of the population lives in poverty, the Gaza children are among the poorest in the world.
“It’s hard to get any food,” said Tareq, his mother Jamila’s only son.
“I have to work as a housemaid and I don’t have money to eat.”
They are lucky to be alive, as the war has devastated Gaza’s infrastructure.
Since the war ended in 2014, the area has become a breeding ground for Hamas militants, whose attacks have killed thousands of people and displaced millions.
They have also looted the homes and businesses of Palestinians, who have fled to the nearby Israeli border in order to seek safety.
Hamas militants have used the chaos to launch attacks against Israel, using suicide bombers to target the civilian population.
In many cases, they have also kidnapped and killed Palestinians.
In some cases, it appears they have kidnapped the children of the dead as well.
But in this case, the children were not kidnapped by Hamas.
The children were kidnapped by a group called the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Palestinian group that is based in the West Bank, but also has links to Hamas.
“They were kidnapped from their homes, from their families, they were kidnapped because they were in Gaza,” said Rami Hamdan, the PFLP’s representative in Israel.
“And they were released and they are being held by the Israelis, and they have been tortured.”
Jamila said she and her children are now waiting for the IDF to return the children, which is why she has decided to give them to the organization that raised them.
“We want to help them,” she said.
“My children are my future, and I want them to be happy and to be free.”
“We are not terrorists, but we are Palestinians.
We are Palestinian children, but they are Israelis.”
Jamil’s father said he was willing to help out the organization, but was not interested in doing so himself.
“He’s a doctor, and he is a doctor,” said Jamila.
“But he’s a man who is afraid.
And he doesn’t want to be the one to help us.”
Tishel is in a different situation.
His father said that his son had been kidnapped by Palestinians who were demanding his release.
“A man asked me, ‘Are you going to help me?'” said Jamil.
“Well, we were in a situation, we had to help a man and he was going to pay for it.”
Tarekh, Jamila and Jamila are now living with their father in a refugee camp in the Bethlehem district of East Jerusalem, just over the Israeli border.
Jamila is still in school, but she is not able to work because of the trauma she has suffered.
Tissel is unable to go to school and cannot work.
The situation for Palestinians living in the area is dire.
In 2016, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that approximately 40 percent of Palestinian refugees were in need of assistance.
More than 6,500 Palestinian families had fled their homes in the first six months of this year alone.
The Israeli government has closed almost all schools in Gaza, and a government spokesperson told the New York Times in December that the closure was a “humanitarian catastrophe.”
A humanitarian crisis in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is becoming increasingly common.
In December, Israeli soldiers detained a young Palestinian boy, Ahmad Shaul, who had just returned from Syria with his family.
Ahmad was arrested after he returned to the West Banks with his cousin to collect food from a grocery store, but the Israeli soldiers did not let them go.
They also searched the family’s home, and confiscated their computer and mobile phone.
“The Israeli occupation’s policy of denying Palestinian refugees access to essential services has not only failed to provide them with basic necessities such as water, electricity, medical care and other basic necessities, it has also