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Photo credit: Mahmud Hams
Date taken: July 28, 2014
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine
A Palestinian man with the flag draped over his back assesses the damage of an Israeli air strike on a home in Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City. Shuja’iyya was the site of some of most intense shelling seen since Israel’s invasion began earlier in the month.
Estimates range between 1,660 and 1,710 Palestinians killed as the twenty-sixth day of the military offensive against the Gaza Strip began. More than 400,000 people have been displaced from their homes, including many thousands from Al-Shuja’iyya. Considering the population demographics of the coastal enclave, this news is even more striking, as most of the displaced were already registered as refugees whose families were forced from their homes and villages in what is now Israel.
Despite the sheer abuse and dehumanization Palestinians have been facing for decades now, there remains such a fervorous national pride that keeps spirits up and hope alive.