The Palestine Entries: First photos from the Gaza Strip

// Entry #6

It feels good to finally be able to say: Sami Kishawi, reporting live from the Gaza Strip.

Here are some photographs of my first moments in Palestine. The photos were taken in Rafah, Khan Younis, and Gaza City where I’m currently staying.

This used to be the headquarters for the Palestinian government groups organizing the entry and exit of Palestinians through the Rafah border crossing. It was one of the first targets destroyed during Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip in 2008-2009.

The little cousin who traveled to the Rafah border crossing to pick us (and his presents) up.

A young boy collects glass bottles for recycling in Rafah.

Two young men repair a vehicle on the side of the road near Khan Younis.

Cars, motorcycles, and donkey carts share the streets in the Gaza Strip.

The entire structure was destroyed during Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip in 2008-2009.

An old Israeli watchtower overlooks a military compound once run by the Israeli military. Everything behind it was carpet bombed in 2008-2009 to prevent any Palestinian forces from using it or taking cover within the structure.

Sami Kishawi


There are 3 comments

  1. beckoned

    I’d have to agree with Joanna, I love your pictures! The skies look so beautiful in contrast with the looming destruction that was left behind. The candid shots of the people and places are great as well. Your cousin is adorable, mA. Keep up the great entries =]

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