JERUSALEM – A young Palestinian protester, whose photo has been recognized worldwide as a symbol of Palestinian resistance, was wounded by the brutal Israeli forces on Monday.
The photo, which went viral on social media and attracted the attention of the world’s media during the Great March of Return protests on the boundary with Gaza, was taken by Anadolu Agency photojournalist Mustafa Hassona during a demonstration demanding the lifting of Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Aid Abu Amr, 22, was reportedly wounded in an attack and was then picked up by Israeli forces.
Abu Amr was taking part in protests at the northern Gaza border against Israel’s land, air and sea blockade when Israeli troops intervened.
During the intervention, Abu Amr was wounded in the leg by live bullets.
For the last seven months, Palestinians in Gaza have been staging regular demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone to demand the right to return to their homes in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948.
They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.