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Mohammad Az Zanoun's Images of Gaza Under Siege
Mohammad Az Zanoun, a photographer with Maan Images, was shot on 8 July as he photographed in the Zaitoun area of Gaza. On Thursday, 6 July, he narrowly escaped injury as an Israeli shell fell among a group of Palestinians, as he was photographing. On 8 July, he was injured by shrapnel, yet continued to photograph, continuing his work of documenting the Israeli siege on Gaza with moving and memorable photos that bring the experiences of Palestinians to the world. As he continued to photograph, he was shot directly in the stomach, and underwent serious surgery at Al Shifa hospital. This photostory presents some of Mohammad Az Zanoun's images of Gaza.
Mohammad Az Zanoun and the Spirit of Nonviolent Resistance
This morning, he was photographing in the Zaitoun area of Gaza, where he lives, when Israeli tanks entered the area. He was injured by shrapnel in his mouth, hand and body, but continued to work believing, in the words of Ma'an, that "his honest photos might move the hearts and conscience of the world".
When he continued to work, Israeli soldiers aimed at him directly, and shot him in the stomach. Eyewitnesses reported that he fell to the ground shouting "Where is the camera? There are many photos in it which are witness to the killing of Palestinians; there are many photos of the Palestinians who have been killed."
Israel dropped a quarter-ton bomb on a Gaza home today in an attempt to assassinate top Hamas fugitives, killing nine civilians as Islamic militant leaders got away.
The nine dead were all members of the same family, including the parents and seven of their children, Palestinian officials said. The body of a four-year-old boy was among those pulled out of the rubble.
Today's aerial attack in Gaza City was bound to intensify international criticism of Israel. The United Nations has already complained about what it said was disproportionate use of Israeli force in the Gaza operation.
Israeli tanks roll into southern Gaza
Israeli tanks and troops moved into southern Gaza early Wednesday in a new phase of a two-week offensive aimed at militants holding a captured soldier and firing rockets, Palestinians and the military said.
The Israeli military confirmed its forces were operating in southern Gaza, but gave no details.
On Tuesday, Israeli leaders ordered the army to expand the Gaza offensive, moving into areas of the territory they have not yet entered.
Palestinians said they saw Israeli bulldozers leveling farmland and tanks moving across the border near the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis. The military ordered Palestinian security to leave their forward positions in the area.
The international community's silence has been deafening as Israel routinely drops missiles onto Gaza -- one of the most densely populated areas of the world -- in its illegal extrajudicial assassinations, and is currently embarking on its indefinite deployment there. Of course, the civilian casualty count has been predictably high. When asked to, Israel justifies such operations as necessary to deter the launching of crude, homemade Qassam rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel. But such measures are not in compliance with the legal principle of proportionality, and the daily shelling of the Gaza Strip amounts to another form of collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population. Meanwhile, Olmert has been meeting with world leaders to secure international support of his "convergence plan," the latest Israeli euphemism for unilaterally determining final-status negotiations issues. But the foundation of these unilateral plans has already been laid. With much of the Wall and the new permanent checkpoints in place or under construction, the architecture for new, Israeli-determined borders is already there.
Source: Electronic Intifada