And therein lies the dangerous legacy of this war. The hatred runs deeper than ever, with the next generation of Palestinians already vowing revenge.
Mohammed, 17, lives in the house in which we are sheltering. He is well educated despite all the difficulties and he speaks immaculate English.
He might ordinarily be classed as a moderate. In fact he is on most topics – but not when it comes to Israel.
“They kill indiscriminately,” he said. “They don’t care what they hit.
“They don’t see us as human beings. I have lost school friends. Every family here has lost someone.
“We have lived in fear for three weeks. And why? Because we refuse to be imprisoned behind these walls, without food, medicine, our basic human rights?”
Not even cats were spared.