Some playing cards and other small items were all that Mahmoud Jalal al-Hilu, 10, left behind when he was killed by an Israeli tank shell on 22 March as he played near his home in the Shujaiya neighborhood east of Gaza City.
On 2 March Israel announced the complete closure of Karni, the principal commercial crossing into the Gaza Strip, prompting protests by Palestinian traders who rely on the crossing to bring goods into the territory.
“Masr, Masr, Masr, Masr” — the Arabic word for Egypt was the call from huge crowds on the streets of Gaza City on Friday night as Palestinians reflected on what the overthrow of Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak would mean for Palestine and the people of Egypt. Rami Almeghari reports.
“I still cannot believe my eyes as I see the machines of our new factory, scattered to all corners,” said Rabah al-Hatto as he surveyed the rubble of his recently-established plastic water tank factory in northeast Gaza, which was bombed by Israeli warplanes early yesterday.