International Solidarity Movement Nonviolence. Justice. Freedom. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:08:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Video: Free the bubbles Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:07:33 +0000 30th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Khalil team | Hebron, Occupied Palestine

At approximately 1 pm on July 28th, international volunteers made giant bubbles with Palestinian children to celebrate Eid, in Tel Rumeida, al-Khalil (Hebron).

Photo by Vern, ISM volunteer

Photo by Vern, ISM volunteer

Several settlers passed by in their cars and were visibly annoyed, and two stopped to complain to the Israeli soldiers present.  At 1:30 pm, a group of settler youth started pushing Palestinian children who were playing on Tel Rumeida hill.

Photo by Vern, ISM volunteer

Photo by Vern, ISM volunteer

Several Palestinian women stepped in to prevent the violence.  Shortly after this, more setter children and a settler woman, who identified herself as Tzippi, came down from the illegal settlement of Tel Rumeida and began aggressively photographing Palestinians.

Tzippi claimed that her children had been assaulted.  She pushed several Palestinians and put her camera extremely close to several of their faces.  One Palestinian girl tried to run away and Tzippi chased her up the street.  Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers pushed Palestinians an attempted to force some of them into their houses.  Eventually, Tzippi chased the Palestinian girl into her own garden.  She was then joined by more settlers.  An international volunteer blocked her path, by standing with his back to her with his arms outstretched.  Soldiers then rushed into the garden and started shouting at Tzippi.

After a short time the Israeli police arrived.  The settlers wrongly accused several Palestinians and the international activist of pushing them.  These lies were contradicted by several videos that showed what happened and were shown to the police.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Nevertheless, five Palestinians and the international volunteer were arrested by the Israeli police.  They were held for around seven hours, and interrogated.  One of the Palestinians remained in handcuffs and leg chains throughout his detention.

Meanwhile, the settlers wandered around the police station pointing out Palestinians who they claimed had assaulted them. These Palestinians were all together in a room with no other Palestinians, and were either in chains or behind an interrogation desk in connection with this case.  The “identification” process was therefore of no evidential value.

During his interrogation, the police told the international activist that the settlers were very angry and had filed a complaint about the bubbles.  The police officer said that he was not taking that particular complaint further because, “it is not illegal for Palestinian children to play.”  The police also accepted his account of the incident. However, they police nevertheless took the fingerprints and DNA of those who had been arrested and only released them subject to strict conditions.

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Gaza Ministry of Health: ‘Muslim holy days marred by genocide in Gaza’ Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:45:19 +0000 29th July 2014 | Gaza Ministry of Health | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

The Ministry of Health Gaza is pained to express its deep sadness and outrage at the Israeli attacks on Gaza on our holy days of Eid al-Fitr.

In the last 24 hours, 120 people have been killed, bringing the total to 1,156.

Particularly distressing was the death in Al Bureij refugee camp of Diana Abu Jaber and her unborn baby only a week before his estimated date of delivery.

Diana’s home was struck by an F-16 airstrike.

“As it collapsed a concrete pillar fell on her,” reported Dr Kamal Khatab, Medical Superintendent of Al Aqsa Hospital. “A shell ripped her abdomen open, the unborn baby fell out and was hit in the head with shrapnel, and his brain matter was extruded. Both mother and baby died immediately.”

Dr Khatab added that Diana, in her mid-twenties, was one of 19 members of the same family to die in that airstrike, and there are still other family members missing.

The entrance to the Outpatient Clinic  of Shifa Hospital in Gaza city was shelled yesterday afternoon, bringing the number of attacks on medical facilities to 34. Windows in the Medical Library were shattered, an exterior wall was partially destroyed, and several trees were severely damaged. It is pure good fortune that none of the displaced people sheltering in the outpatients area, or staff working in the library, were killed or injured.

“There is a deliberate strategy of attacking to kill Palestinians in two ways – one in their homes with bombs and bullets, and the other by depriving them of essential medical services,” observed Deputy Minister of Health Dr Yousef Abu Al-Rish.

Israeli airstrikes before dawn on the sole Gaza power plant destroyed fuel tanks, and put the plant out of production. This will have an immense impact on the provision of services in Gaza’s hospitals, and significantly contribute to a looming humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip.

Despite numerous appeals by both Palestinian and international organisations to cease attacks on children and women, to cease attacks on medical facilities, and to cease attacks on civilian infrastructure

Israeli military strikes on civilian targets have not abated.

The Ministry of Health Gaza calls on the United Nations, the international community, human rights organisations, and all people of good conscience wherever they may be to act immediately to stop the genocide in Gaza.

In the words of Bishop Desmond Tutu, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

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Israelis in Tel Aviv, on 26.7.2014, the 19th day of Israel’s massacres in Gaza, cheer the genocide on: “There’s no school tomorrow, there’s no children left there [in Gaza]! Oleh!”

Click here to view the embedded video.

Every evening, in Tel Aviv, right wing marchers flood the streets, waving Israeli flags and chanting hate-slogans, such as the most common, “death to the Arabs” and many others. Often, these are counter-protests to the anti-war demonstrations that have begun since Israel’s latest onslaught on the Gaza strip, but these are also independent initiatives, which aim to encourage the State of Israel to continue the bombardment with full force.

Israeli activists who oppose the war have become the victims of these rallies, as they turn into full-fledged riots. One of the activists testified that after the rally in the video, “a few of them started kicking and throwing punches, someone tried to beat us with a flag stick, and one rioter in an IDF uniform pepper sprayed me in the face…friends who stayed in the area told me that the cops shook the soldier’s hand.”

The day of this particular rally, OCHA reported: Approximately, 1000 Palestinians have been bombed to death, over 200 of them children. Over 6200 have been injured, 2000 of them children. Over 215,000 displaced people- schools have turned into refugee camps. 130 schools have been bombed.

This is Israel’s third such operation on the Gaza Strip in the past 6 years, which it besieges from land, air and sea. Gaza is 360 km² , about twice the size of Washington DC. It is one of the most crowded places in the world, with a population density of 4,505 persons per square km. 52% of its population are children.

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27th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Nablus team | Beit Furik, Occupied Palestine

At 22:00 in the evening of Friday, July 25th, Israeli forces injured 15 Palestinians during a protest in the village of Beit Furik, which is located fifteen km southeast of Nablus in the northern half of the West Bank.

Approximately 2000 protesters were marching towards the checkpoint near the village. Roughly 40 Israeli soldiers were waiting for them there, and when they came into view, the soldiers began to shoot tear gas canisters in their direction. Shortly after the protest began, the soldiers changed from firing tear gas, to live ammunition.

23-year-old Yousef Mfeed Mletat was struck by a bullet in his left hip. He recounted the scene tearfully in his bed in Rafidia hospital in Nablus. “They were less than four meters away when they shot me. And then they started to beat me. A soldier was standing on my stomach while some of the others were kicking me. This went on for 15 minutes.” He revealed several welts on his arms and shoulders.

Yousef Mfeed Mletat (Photo by ISM).

Yousef Mfeed Mletat (photo by ISM).

Yahya Hanay, who is 25-years-old, was trying to escape from the scene, when a stun grenade struck his hand, which was covering his face at the time. As he lay on the ground, another stun grenade hit his knee. Yahya has nerve damage in his left thumb, which is said to be serious.

Yahya Hanay (photo by ISM).

Yahya Hanay (photo by ISM).

19-year-old Yezen Tala Khatatba, was attempting to help an injured protester, when he was shot in the left knee. The bullet exited his left knee and then entered an exited his right one. He was wearing bandages on both knees as he told his story. “The ambulance was taking me to the hospital, when soldiers twice stopped me for half an hour at a checkpoint. When I told them I had a leg injury, they said it would have been better if I’d been hit in the head.” Yezen also mentioned that another injured protestor had been taken from the ambulance at the checkpoint and beaten by soldiers.

ezen Tala Khatatba (photo by ISM).

Yezen Tala Khatatba (photo by ISM).

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Trapped in Beit Hanoun Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:53:47 +0000 27th July 2014 | Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

We raced towards the hospital in Beit Hanoun, our mission was to assist in the evacuation of the hospital with the same name. The Israeli forces had already destroyed 13 ambulances in a row. We had to work fast. But we were soon trapped, Fred and I; there would be no more ambulances; it was too risky with Israeli tanks and soldiers in the area.

There were only three patients left, the rest had been evacuated in time. But there was a large and weary staff left, there were relatives of the three patients, there were civilians who had taken refuge in the hospital in belief that it was a safe place, and there were children. All in all, nearly one hundred people.

However a hospital is no safe haven in Gaza; six of thirteen hospitals have been seriously damaged after shelling and air strikes, one has been completely destroyed. That it is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, article 18, does not bother the occupying power, nor do world leaders seem to worry significantly.

The upper floor of the two-story Beit Hanoun Hospital was evacuated; the patients were carried down. The roof of the building had already been hit several times, and everyone was worried. At the same time, our friends, other international activists in Gaza, began the work to raise awareness of what was happening in Beit Hanoun by quickly arranging a press conference at the main Gazan hospital, al-Shifa, where the media is always present.

A doctor at Beit Hanoun told us that our friends were on TV. We went into the room where several doctors were looking at the screen and Fred moved closer to hear more clearly. At that moment, an Israeli tank shot at the wall right over us on the floor above. Shattered glass whirled through the room, along with everything on the shelves. The light went out. Fred, who was injured by the glass, started to bleed from his head; luckily there were no serious injuries.

I called Joe (another ISM activist in Gaza), he went straight back to the podium and gave a direct report of what was happening.  He demanded that the Red Cross and other bodies negotiate a truce to evacuate us, and together with others tried to force the outside world to pay attention to Israel’s crimes in real time. But the work did not stop there. They contacted embassies, foreign ministries in a number of countries, the press around the world, politicians, even Anonymous. The press began calling us in the hospital, receiving direct reports while military weapons roared in the background, occasionally with deafening blasts after direct hits and with the sound of frightened, screaming, and praying people.

We took refuge in a hallway in the center of the ground floor. Every now and then more windows were shattered; between the firing from the tanks we heard the rattle of machine guns; a smoke that was not from any fire began to seep in. And desperate people asked, demanded, that we take them away, that we would get ambulances, or minibuses, to come. If I only had been able to conjure them. The only thing we could do was to inform them the news that we were receiving. That a ceasefire was promised from 07:00, 12 hours ahead, something I later needed to change to 08:00. Many were relieved; others met my words with skepticism. And the shelling continued, the whole building shook, and we felt sudden cross-drafts as if a grenade flew between us. My phone battery was low so I could no longer receive calls, no longer be in contact with the outside world. Fred found a charger for his model; we had to share his phone.

I often looked around, placed a hand on the shoulder of those who seemed most troubled, on whose foreheads were dripping sweat, met their eyes. I tried to cheer up the children, made ​​them laugh, made ​​them beg for more tricks, noticed how the women began to relax when their children were amused.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

An elderly woman quickly became my favorite, a strong woman, a calm woman. I smiled with her and  gave her my sandwich. She was the only one who accepted my offer. I did what I could to make everybody less tense. But I honestly did not think I would see the sunrise again.

Later, in the early hours, most of us hardly reacted to the bombardments, the children not at all. Six of them shared the mattress, slept as if they were unconscious. The rest of us waited, dazed. Waited for a ceasefire, if there would be any; waited for the last and definitive direct hit, an air strike that would bring the ceiling and walls down upon us.

Time went by, it was almost seven, daylight seeped in through the high-placed windows. People began to look at me, wondering if I would keep my promise about the ceasefire. My promise. Almost eight, the bombardment showed no signs of abating. Where are the ambulances that will take us from here, asked several. It must be quiet for a while before they will dare to come here, I tried to explain.

Five past eight. 10 past. Another detonation. Hope sank.

Then there was silence. Hope rose again. Some of the doctors opened a door, we went out. The neighborhood was different from the day before. So much destruction. But there had been no air strikes; it was not as bad as it had been in Shajiya. As if there could be different degrees of hell.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

But we were alive, our survival a result of the fevered work of my friends and their contacts, their screams and condemnation, their pressure on politicians around the world, on the Red Cross, on the media. But nobody cheered.

A press team came before the ambulances. The roads were destroyed; they were clearing them by hand in order to get through. The hospital was emptied. I went through it one more time to make sure there really was nobody left; viewed the damage, the large holes in the walls, the small holes, how a gurney was filled with shattered glass and grout under a painted elephant on the wall. It was a room that was designated for the children.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

We left, Fred and I, the last to leave. Everywhere people desperately searched among the rubble of what had once been their homes for relatives, for possessions that could be saved.  People who lost everything. I should have helped, but I was tired, mentally tired, but they were also tired, and my bad conscience grew stronger. I should have stayed and helped them dig in the rubble.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

The ceasefire was extended to midnight. Then Israel came with an offer for an additional 24 hours of truce. Extremely clever of them. All the pressure that had been built up by the outside world they now shoveled over to Hamas. Should they accept the peace or continue with the violence? But it would very likely mean a return to what the situation was after the war in 2012, a peace treaty that Israel clearly showed that it had no intention of respecting. The fishermen continued to be attacked, farmers were shot, the blockade continued.

And that is exactly what this war is about, not to create security for Israel’s civilian population. It’s about continuing the blockade of Gaza, continuing the ongoing colonization of a territory that does not belong to Israel. It’s about preventing political unity between Gaza and the West Bank, a unity Israel sees as a threat to its continued control. Without unification and the end of colonization and the blockade of Gaza, war will flare up again, with more hospitals demolished with people inside. More children who lose their parents and parents who lose their children, and people will lose their faith in the future and the possibility of freedom and justice.

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Video: In memory of Salem Shammaly Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:50:16 +0000 27th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

In honour of the memory of Salem Khalil Salem Shammaly, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) has published all the raw footage, taken by Mohammed Abedullah, of Salem’s murder, and photos of Salem’s decomposed body, taken by Mohammed Al-Qattawi at the morgue.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Yesterday during the ceasefire, Salem’s body was finally able to be recovered and buried after five long days. Salem’s cousin, Mohammed Al-Qattawi, Salem’s body was so badly decomposed that his mother, sisters, and friends couldn’t bare to see him to say goodbye. 

So many families are now trying to bury their children, their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends. The first cemetery the family went to was full to capacity. The second cemetery was able to help them, but they were forced to open an already used grave, to place Salem in. In the last 20 days, over 1,058 Palestinians have been killed.

On the 20th of July, Salem and his family left the Shajiya neighbourhood at dawn after the Israeli military began shelling homes and destroying the area.

The ISM contacted Salem’s sister, Shireen, and asked her if she could tell us more about her brother, and what happened to him and their family.

“With the rest of the people, we headed towards the city center assuming that it would be a safe place. After the announcement of the truce, we heard a call through a local radio station from other family members who were stranded in the region; among them was our cousin.

Salem then disappeared for two days. We went daily to the al-Shifa Hospital to look at the records to check if they received any information about him, whether he was wounded in the hospital or a martyr, but we had no luck. My father kept asking relatives and neighbors and everyone he would meet to find out where his son could be.

On the 22nd of July in the morning, the power supply came back, which only lasts for three hours a day at my house. We connected the mobile phones and the laptop as well as the lamps so we could charge them in preparation for the night. My sister opened her Facebook account to read about the happenings of last night and to keep updated with news and pictures and about the invasion of Shajiya.

She found a video that drew her attention titled ‘Israeli sniper killing wounded civilian’. Once she opened the video, my other sister, who was sitting next to her, screamed and said, “this is Salem’s voice. I swear, its Salem’s voice.”

We waited until the video completed buffering and saw Salem walking, helping the paramedics to rescue the injured. Then, one of us screamed and called for our father, “Dad, Salem is alive, come!”

We got a chair for our father, sat down, and all concentrated on the laptop screen waiting for the end. Suddenly the camera was distorted and then it settled on Salem lying on the ground. We all became quiet and speechless. We sat calmly and our father said, “thank God, Salem was wounded. Maybe the foreigners took him to a hospital…” But before my father could finish his sentence, Salem was shot the third and fatal shot.

Salem was a young man in the prime of his youth. He had dreamt to live his life like any other at his age. He was handsome and affectionate and could never hide what was in his heart. He has been waiting to grow up and to marry and have a family. We were waiting for him to grow up in order to assist our sick father and to support our family. He did not like politics at all. He was only in interested in his family and football.

Why did they kill him in this brutal way? He was shot in broad daylight and, during the time of truce, the only thing in his hand was a cheap mobile phone. Was he shot by an Israeli sniper who discovered that he did not pose any threat or danger? Then why did they not leave him in order to regain consciousness or to be rescued? Why did they shoot a second and third bullet?!

God, if he was part of the resistance then we would have said that it was the path that he had chosen, but he had no relationship with them.

Is it not enough that they have deprived us from his joyful presence? Why are they also depriving us from the chance to say goodbye to him and to bury him? Where are the people who call and urge for human rights initiatives? Where is Switzerland, the backer of the Geneva Conventions, which provides for the protection of human rights?

Look at us, do we not look like humans? How are we so different from them? Where are your laws and your organizations and your promises? If you cannot enforce the laws promised, then why create them? We see that animal rights are applied in a more fair and equal manner than what you call “human rights”.

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Two Palestinian teenagers were murdered by an Israeli settler and an Israeli soldier in separate incidents in Huwwara Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:06:15 +0000

27th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Nablus team | Huwwwara, Occupied Palestine

On Friday, July 25, an Israeli settler murdered a Palestinian teenager in the village of Huwwara, which lies approximately 10 km south of Nablus in the northern half of the West Bank. Two hours later, an Israeli sniper killed another Palestinian teenager in the same village.

After Friday prayers at the mosque in Huwwara, villagers began marching in solidarity with the victims of the Gaza massacre. The protest included many children, some of whom were carrying signs in support of their Gazan brothers and sisters. Two Israeli military jeeps were along the route, and some of the soldiers were taking pictures of the peaceful protest. As the procession wound its way back to the mosque, a settler suddenly raced alongside and slammed on the brakes.

“He was about a meter away from the kids and just started firing out the window of his car,” stated a witness. “It was clear he was trying to kill people.” The settler managed to shoot four people before fleeing the scene. 19-year-old Khalid Owda died from a gunshot wound to his abdomen, while Tarik Dmadi was shot in the chest and remains in critical condition. Hassan Dmadi was shot in the hip, while Jihad Owda was shot in the hand and has been released from the hospital.

“Had he had more ammunition, he would have kept on shooting and killed more people,” said a witness. “Killing Palestinians is no big deal for the settlers, because there is no punishment. And what about the soldiers? They were just standing there, doing nothing.”

Tragedy struck the town of Huwwara a second time two hours later, when an Israeli sniper gunned down 18-year-old Tayeb Shohaada, who, like Khalid Owda, was a  student at an-Najah University in Nablus. Israeli forces were shooting tear gas at Tayeb and roughly ten other young men, who were throwing stones in their direction from a distance of approximately 100 meters. According to Red Crescent medic, Ahmed Owda, a female Israeli sniper shot Tayeb in the face. Her sergeant then congratulated her and clapped her on the shoulder. Ahmed subsequently attempted to reach Tayeb but was unable to do so because of Israeli fire. Tayeb was eventually taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus, where he was declared clinically dead.

The attending surgeon revealed that the damage to Tayeb’s brain was consistent with that caused by expanding bullets. Expanding bullets are banned according to the 1899 Hague Convention, but Israel has frequently been accused of employing them against Palestinians.

Memorial ceremony for both Khalid and Tayeb (photo by ISM).

Memorial ceremony for both Khalid and Tayeb (photo by ISM).

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Settlers break in to Palestinian home, Palestinians arrested Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:36:33 +0000 25th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Khalil team | Hebron, Occupied Palestine

Israeli settlers in the H2 (under full Israeli military civil and security control) area of Hebron, forced entry into a basement and passage connected to the home of a Palestinian, Abed Sider, which is bordered by a sealed off building now occupied by settlers at around 15:00 on July 24th. Four International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activists arrived following a phone call from Abed telling them that the neighboring settlers broke through a door into an unused part of Abed’s home.

Shortly after the ISM volunteers arrived, several Israeli soldiers, two police officers, and two plain clothed men, who appeared to be settlers, arrived. The police began to question Abed’s brother, Shaady, who also came to the house after receiving a phone call from Abed about the break in. After 30 minutes of questioning at the house, the police and army then took Shaady and Abed to Kiryat Arba police station. Abed’s wife had believed they were being taken to file a report as victims of the break-in.

A few hours after being taken by Israeli forces, family members of Abed and Shaady were informed that he had been arrested and interrogated.

Photo by ISM

Photo by ISM

They were being falsely accused of attempting to break into the neighboring settlement by the settlers who had forced entry into Abed’s basement. They were released yesterday morning.

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Medical teams under fire Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:16:29 +0000 25th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

Updated July 27th:

Beit Hanoun hospital was shelled and fired at by Israeli military for almost 13 hours. One of the ISM activists was injured after glass and shrapnel from an explosion struck him in the head. From 08:00 July 26th, after a humanitarian ceasefire began, the attack on the hospital ended, and those trapped inside were finally able to leave. The hospital itself was severely damaged in the assault.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson


At 19:00 Beit Hanoun Hospital was hit by an Israeli tank shell. Inside the hospital are 61 medical staff, three patients, civilians, and ISM volunteers who are all trapped inside. Israeli soldiers are in the area, approximately 150 meters behind the hospital. Gunfire can be heard in the area.

This afternoon Israeli forces targeted an ambulance with two paramedics inside in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza. One paramedic was killed and another was critically injured.

This is the third Israeli attack on Gazan medical facilities and personnel in the last 24 hours. The first resulted in the destruction of Al Durrah Children’s Hospital in Gaza City last night. A two year-old child in the Intensive Care Unit was killed, and 30 others injured.

Since Israel began its attack on Gaza, 13 ambulances have been completely destroyed and two paramedics have been killed. Throughout the massacre, medical staff and facilities have been repeatedly targeted.

“Israel’s attacks on Gaza hospitals are ongoing, with those in areas by the separation barrier forced to evacuate their patients, paramedics and other rescue workers are doing what they can under conditions of great risk.” Stated Joe Catron, U.S. International Solidarity Movement activist.

According to the Gazan Ministry of Health, six out of Gaza’s 13 hospitals have already been severely damaged. One, el-Wafa rehabilitation hospital, has been completely destroyed.  Two medical clinics have been completely destroyed, seven other clinics have been damaged, 13 medical staff members have been injured, and five have been killed.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza has demanded, “the immediate cessation of Israeli occupation military attacks against medical facilities and personnel in Gaza, and demands that the international community soundly condemn this latest Israeli atrocity, and hold Israel accountable for these war crimes.”

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Gaza: Another home destroyed Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:08:32 +0000 25th July 2014 | Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

At 9 AM local time, a missile targeted a family home in central Gaza City. The house appeared to have been evacuated, but the shockwave and construction material that was thrown demolished a two-storey house across the street.

Although we were 100 meters away a thin, black dust was raining over us.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

According to Ismael who lives in the house, it is home to six families from several generations. There were possibly as many as 60 people in the building at the moment of the strike. Many of them had recently escaped the indiscriminate bombing campaign in Shajiya.

I saw people running out from the house, some of them barefooted, running over shattered glass and stones. One woman was carrying two small children, with a third close to her. Another person was carrying a lifeless child, and then there were two men who were helping an older man escape; he was bleeding a little from his mouth and nose. According to Ismael the child had fainted, and the older man had fallen after parts of the ceiling collapsed on top of him.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

I asked Ismael what he was going to do now. He shrugged his shoulders and said that it was going to be all right, but he turned his face away when he said it.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

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