Remembering the dead

The reality on the ground in Gaza, away from the politics:

Fifteen days after the Israeli offensive ended Wa’el Al-Attar was found dead sitting next to a Kenya tree. Both he and the tree had been wounded by an Israeli missile.

Wa’el, who had moved his family from house to house, neighborhood to neighborhood for days on end seeking safety, is now one of the many recovered bodies of the Gaza war.

He finally died in the village of Al-Atatreh east of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza strip. It was his own village, and the Kenya tree was next to his ruined home. When his wife and family returned to the area to find both their dead father and a ruined home, his wife fainted from grief, confusion and sorrow.

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