Separated by politics, a Gaza family longs for Mother's Day reunion

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Zainah El-Haroun GAZA/QALQILYA (Reuters) – Sunday is Mother’s Day across most of the Middle East but, for the third year running, Gaza resident Niveen Gharqoud will be forced to spend it without four of her five children. They haven’t met since 2018, when she sent them to live with their father Sami in Qalqilya, a West Bank city east of the military wall that separates Israel from the occupied Palestinian territories. She lives in Juhr Edeek, a village just west of a separate border fence that isolates the Gaza Strip. In between the two barriers is Israel, which she is…

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