2013 Photo Contest, Spot News

Gaza Burial

Photographer

Paul Hansen

Dagens Nyheter

20 November, 2012

The bodies of two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his elder brother Muhammad, almost four, are carried by their uncles to a mosque for their funeral, in Gaza City.

About

Paul Hansen

Previously, he was a freelance photographer and writer in New York until 1992 and then he worked at swedish newspaper, Expressen. He has contributed and helped write three books,...

Background story

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories

The bodies of two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his elder brother Muhammad, almost four, are carried by their uncles to a mosque for their funeral, in Gaza City.

The children were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on 19 November. The strike also killed their father, Fouad, and severely injured their mother and four other siblings.

Israel had begun an intense offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza on 14 November in response to continued rocket fire from Palestinian militant groups. In the first days of the offensive, Israel struck at targets of military and strategic importance, though the scope of attack later widened to include residences suspected of harboring Hamas militants. By the time a ceasefire was brokered on 21 November, over 150 people had been killed in Gaza. Of these 103 were thought to be civilians, including at least 30 children.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/800 sec
Focal length
16 mm
F-Stop
5
ISO
400
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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