25th February 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine
al-Shifa hospital Mohammed Helles, age 14, is laying in a coma with an
uncertain outcome after he was shot, with what appeared, to be a
tear-gas canister in the head and parts of it penetrated his brain. He
had an operation, but fragments are still left. Kamal hospital reported
thirteen injures, from both gunshot wounds in the legs and tear-gas
demonstration on the hillside east of Jabaliya gathered about 400
people, mostly young men in their late teens. Protests against land
seizure, mixed with dissent at the consequences of the occupation such
as a broken economy, soaring unemployment and loss of hope for the
future, were met by tear gas and live ammunition, with ambulances
shuttling back and forth .
the slope an Israeli drone hovered at a low altitude, but at an even
lower altitude two Palestinian kites floated close over the fence.
Cheers and applause broke out when one tore and three Israeli soldiers
rushed after it. But it was also the only thing protesters had over
which to rejoice. The protests will probably not change the occupying
power’s policy towards the Palestinian people. According to figures from
OCHA, 17 percent of the Gaza Strip, including 35 percent of its
farmland, is unavailable due to the Israeli-established “buffer zone.”
More than 100,000 people are directly affected, and the protests against
the occupying power, as well as its military response to them, are
likely to continue.