Flag In One Hand and Slingshot In Other | The Man Who Symbolized Palestinian Resistance Gets Shot

Palestinian protester identified as A’ed Abu Amro in Gaza, November 5, 2018 © Reuters / Mohammed Salem

A few days ago, a picture of a man shirtless, with a waving Palestinian flag in one hand and slingshot in other went viral across social media – causing an outrage, bringing out a range of emotions from the internet community. The image of the fiery young protestor was wildly shared on internet platforms globally.

The man, identified as A’ed Abu Amro, was celebrated a symbol of Gaza’s resistance against Israel. But according to the new reports, Amro has been shot and is currently injured, battling his life.

The man who reminded the world about the plight of Palestinians and became a sign of Palestine’s process

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Amro is alive but is struggling injuries after being shot. The previous viral photo of Amro fearlessly resisting and protesting against the Israeli blockade was taken on October 22 by Mustafa Hassouna of Turkey’s Anadolu Agency. The portrait has been compared with iconic French Revolution painting, Liberty Leading the People.

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He appears in sharp contrast with the fellow demonstrators with him, wearing protective jackets behind him, and a foggy background of smoke due to burning tyres.

Amro lives in the al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Gaza City and actively participates in the protests every Friday and Saturday along with his friends. He said he was surprised at seeing his photo went viral when his friends showed him. His picture was retweeted 5000 times.

“I was surprised this picture of me went viral. I participate in protests on a weekly basis, sometimes more. I didn’t even know there was a photographer near me.” – said Amro speaking to Al Jazeera. 

He said he doesn’t go to protests to get photographed but this has encouraged him to continue the struggle and keep demonstrating. Amro said that he carries the same flag in the all the protests. His friends laugh at him saying it is easier to throw stones without having a flag in hand, but he has gotten used to it. He said even if he dies, he wants to be wrapped in the same flag.

For seven months now, Palestinians in Gaza strip have been protesting along the fence with Israel, demanding their right to return to their homes.

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