Photo of the Day: The moment before a shell makes impact

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Ronen Zvulun
Date taken: July 26, 2014
Location: Northern Gaza Strip, Palestine

An Israeli shell is captured moments before striking a building in the northern Gaza Strip. Several shells have already hit the target.

Israel shells the Gaza Strip with such frequency that it has actually become easier for photographers and even amateurs to catch a missile in mid-air. This is seriously disturbing. These projectiles travel so fast that you can’t just anticipate them. It just so happens that a bomb ends up in your frame less than a second before it tears apart a beautiful Gaza neighborhood.

The three hardest hit locations in the Gaza Strip are: Shuja’iyya (Gaza City neighborhood in the Gaza Governorate), Beit Hanoun (city in the North Gaza Governorate), and Abasan (city in the Khan Younis Governorate). The strike captured in this photograph likely took place in Beit Hanoun.

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