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Israel's Attack on Civilians: Two Children Killed

Warning: includes extremely graphic photos of children killed in Israel's attack.

Children in Gaza killed by Israeli attack
Photos: Vittorio Arrigoni

(GAZA CITY) - Until now I am doubting whether to upload the horrific pictures of the latest deathly victims of Israel's attacks on Gaza. They show what remains of 15 year old friend Qasem Salah Abu Uteiwi and his 16 year old Imad Mohammed Issa Faraj Allah.

Both teenagers are from Nuseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip. They were killed on Saturday evening, March 19th, while they were playing in the neighboring village Johr Al-Dik, at approximately 300 meters from the border.

At approximately 21.30 an Israeli tank, stationed along the border, fired more than 20 artillery shells. As a result the two children were immediately killed. Witnesses state that the IOF continued firing until late in the evening.

Yesterday, me and my friends from ISM went down to Nuseirat refugee camp to give our condolences to the families of the victims.

"We were all worried when they did not return home in the evening, which increased after after we heard the bombing. The next morning, we heard on the news that the bodies of two civilians were brought to Shifa hospital.

I immediately hurried down there and recognized Qasem in the remains of one of the bodies in the morgue. He missed an arm, was covered in burns, his face was tattered with shrapnel and he did not have a single tooth in his mouth", says Khaled, one of Qasem's uncles.

The Uteiwi family is a poor family, which has been pushed deeper into poverty during Israel's massacre in 2008-2009. Khaled's house was destroyed during Cast Lead, just like 3 dunums of his land, while his daughter, Ayat was shot in the chest by a sniper in early January 2009.

Friends and family of Imad Mohammed Issa Faraj Allah gathered in a different mourning tent, a couple of blocks further on. Imad's father, Mohammed, suddenly turned to me and said: "They have no conscience, no laws, they can do what they want to us. The UN, which promptly adopted a resolution to attack Lybia, has vetoed the condemnation of Israel for its illegal colonies in Palestine. It has turned our souls bitter. They call it 'the war on terrorism', but they should call it the war on Arab terrorism, because Israeli terrorism is untouchable." The man takes a breath and continues.

"I worked 12 years in Israel, and this must be my bonus. Imad's brothers have seen the photos of his massacred corpse and they demand revenge. These killings are the reasons of the conflict."

Stay Human/Restiamo Umani

Vittorio Arrigoni From Gaza city

Vittorio Arrigoni has lived in Gaza City since 2008. An author and freelance journalist he writes predominately for the newspaper Il Manifesto. He is the author of Gaza Stay Human (Gaza. Restiamo umani) and blogs at

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Dadn March 24, 2011 7:56 pm (Pacific time)

The editor's choice in not responding to the barrage of rockets from Gaza is typical of the wearing blinders approach at this website.

Editor: If one Israeli dies the mainstream pres in the US reports about it for hours.  If ten Palestinians are killed not a word is mentioned.  That is what happened, we are their voice, and we did mention the bus bombing. 


brynababy March 24, 2011 2:46 pm (Pacific time)

This tragic attack was in retaliation for the barrage of rockets from Gaza against innocent Israelis all last week-end and for the brutal murder by a Palestinian of a family of 5, including 3 children. I see you didn't mention that! It should be the Hamas leaders who only bring violence to your lives, that yu should be condemning!

Editor: The murders at Itamar were not an act of terrorism, there was a dispute over money that Mr. Fogel reportedly owed.   Ten Palestinians died in two days, why do you not mention that ?

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