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‘He was trying to escape the heat’: One more casualty in Gaza’s incurable conflict

Ibrahim Abu Salah was taken to Al Shifa in Gaza’s central hospital at the end of the afternoon.

Neighbors claimed that he was hit by an Israeli missile on the first day of violence in the territory. Doctors said that he would not survive.

Another casualty in an intractable conflict that no one seems to be able solve.

Shortly after arriving in Gaza, we ran into his funeral procession. The 44-year-old had suffered severe shrapnel wounds over the night.

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As they flew in the air the flags of rival political parties, Hamas or Fatah, the mourners glorified God and demanded revenge.

Image At the funeral of Ibrahim Abu Salah, both Fatah (and Hamas) were clearly visible.

They also had the opportunity to vent their anger and frustration on a small strip of land that was blockaded for 15 years by Israelis.

They claim Gaza is an open-air prison. One inmate has been killed.

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Fighting between Israel and the militant group Islamic Jihad left at least 49 dead. The conflict began with an Israeli “pre-emptive” airstrike campaign, intended to end militants’ ability attack. In response, Islamic Jihad launched around 1,100 rockets.

Israel did not report any deaths or serious injuries.

Image Ibrahim Abu Salah’s wife Lobna stated that he wasn’t interested in the conflict

On the day of Abu Salah’s funeral, we met Abu Salah’s relatives and were told he wasn’t interested in the conflict.

Lobna, his wife, was confused and told us that her husband had gone to the air conditioner in the afternoon heat.

She said, “It’s hot, and there’s not electricity.” He was trying to escape heat by sitting under a tree and getting some air. He was struck by a rocket fired from a drone. (They’re) martyrs.”

Image His neighbours claim that the scene in which Ibrahim Abu Salah was struck was littered by sharpnel.

The home, which is in a terrible state of repair, is just metres away from the border of Israel’s ‘no-go’ buffer zone.

Lobna said that the Israelis might have misunderstood her husband as a militia member because she was sitting under a collection lebbeck trees.

Officials claimed that militants used the area to launch rocket launchers in an aerial video posted by the Israeli military.

Image Israeli footage shows where the blast occurred

Abu Salah has left four children to care for their parents. Their father, who was unemployed when he died in Gaza, was like half the population.

This is Gaza’s story, said Am Ahad Hamed, a neighbor.

He said, “If you look at (Abu Salah)’s kids, it will break my heart and make me cry.” We live a life that is not worth living. We need to find a solution for the Palestinian crisis. This will allow us to live like other people. Others have a better life. They enjoy their childhood. Our children have no life.”

Image The funeral of Ibrahim Abu Salah was emotional.

Three-day memorial service for Ibrahim Abu Salah was held. Mourners said that he would soon be seated in paradise.

Residents in Gaza know that violence will return.

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