Malaysian & Her Palestinian Husband Make It Safely Back To KL From Gaza
A Malaysian and her Palestinian husband have arrived safely in Kuala Lumpur after being stranded in war-torn Gaza over the past month
It was an emotional reunion for 37-year-old Nurul Ain Haron and her family members as the couple arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 1 at 8.55pm yesterday evening, 14 November, from Doha, Qatar.
According to Harian Metro, Nurul Ain and her husband, 33-year-old Mohamed AM Shaat, were safely evacuated to Egypt via the Rafah border crossing on Sunday, 12 November, with the help of the Malaysian Embassy in Cairo.
Nurul Ain shared that she and her husband initially did not want to leave Gaza and his family.
However, the situation has taken a turn for the worse, forcing them to change plans to continue providing aid to the Palestinian people.
Commenting on the situation in Gaza, Nurul Ain said she had received many donations from the public to be distributed to the Palestinians.
"It is better for me to get out of Gaza so that I can take the next steps, especially since Israel has also cut the international money transfer network system there, making us unable to withdraw money," she told Harian Metro.
Despite being back in Malaysia, Nurul Ain said she will continue channelling aid to Gaza.
"The situation with food supply has gotten to the point where people are scrambling to buy bread, because the biggest factory in Gaza was bombed," she said, adding that Gaza has had no water or electricity for more than a month.
However, she said she is thankful that her husband's family members are still safe, and that he can continue providing for them from Malaysia.
"We leave their safety in the care of Allah SWT. God willing, they will be safe," she said.
Meanwhile, Nurul Ain's father, 65-year-old Haron Hamim, said he was glad to finally see his daughter after almost a year
He said their family is proud of her charity work in Gaza despite the dangers she faced.
"At first, like others, we are also terrified especially with the word 'genocide' being mentioned, maybe no one will be spared," he said, as quoted by New Straits Times.
"But when we saw her charity work, it was heartwarming. She is strong.
"So for us here, we feel that we too need to be strong for her so that she will be motivated to continue her effort.
"This is also a type of jihad, helping those in need. We are proud of her," he said at KLIA Terminal 1 as Nurul Ain's plane landed yesterday.
Haron also thanked the Malaysian government, especially Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, who ensured the safety of his daughter and son-in-law during the evacuation.