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Aid workers flee in face of fighting in Gaza

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Sniper fire helped turn back Red Cross and Red Crescent workers from an effort to help the hurting in Gaza. (Source: CNN) Sniper fire helped turn back Red Cross and Red Crescent workers from an effort to help the hurting in Gaza. (Source: CNN)
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GAZA (CNN) - The International Red Cross says fighting was briefly suspended in parts of Gaza on Wednesday to allow evacuations of the wounded.

But at least one of those rescue missions was short-lived.

They came to look for the living and the dead, but had to turn back themselves, under fire.

The Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent entered the battered and embattled Gaza City neighborhood of Shaja'ia.

Red Cross veteran Larry Maybee was cautiously confident they could do their job.

"So far, up til now, I'm relatively comfortable with the security situation. I expect it might get more difficult as we progress down this way,” he said.

The area has been shelled almost around the clock for more than four days as part of Israel’s offensive against Hamas.

“My brother's house is gone,” says one man. “Nobody there was a fighter. And now we're homeless.”

Ahmed al-Halo fled before the fighting began. His house is now in ruins.

“Do you see?” he asks. “They're hitting civilians. They didn't hit one of the fighters or any of their so called military targets. Look at what they did: They destroyed the houses, the street, and killed civilians.”

“I've never seen destruction like this,” fireman Kamal Abu Assi says.

They tried, but failed to retrieve either the living or the dead.

The shooting - it's not clear from whom - was too intense.

"The small arms fire is increasing in intensity, and directed at us. I think the problem is there are too many people here, too many civilians. If it was just us it might be different. So we're coming back. There are two people trapped in rubble wounded. I want to go back on foot to get those two before we go back," Maybee said.

It seems that given the risk, with explosions up the street and perhaps sniper fire, the risks for the Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent are simply too much. They're now pulling out of Shaja'ia.

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