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PHOTO: In one bullet-riddled bathroom, a Gaza microcosm

Following the attacks on the Gaza border village of Khuza’a, Activestills photographer Anne Paq captured this image of a bathroom where six bodies were found. The walls are scorched and riddled with what could appear to be bullet holes or damage from a grenade or other blast or both.

Did those found there get a text message or phone call warning them to flee? Were they hiding weapons, launching rockets or digging tunnels? Were they human shields?

Two things are certain: 1) They were trapped in a small room when their assailants opened fire, and 2) They are all dead.

 A bathroom where six bodies were found is covered with bullet holes, raising allegations of an execution by Israeli forces in Khuza'a, Gaza Strip, August 3, 2014. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A bathroom where six bodies were found is covered with what could appear to be bullet holes, raising allegations of an execution by Israeli forces in Khuza’a, Gaza Strip, August 3, 2014. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Jesse Rosenfeld reports for The Daily Beast:

There is also soot staining the tiles, suggesting the bodies were burned or there had been a small blast. Several tiles have fallen away from the wall. The house is filled with casings from the bullets used in assault rifles. They are marked on the bottom as “IMI” (Israel Military Industries). …

Twenty-one-year-old Naban Abu Shaar told me he was one of the first to find the bodies. He said they looked as if they were “melted” and piled on top of each other.

“When we entered the bathroom, I found the bodies of people slumped on top of each other in the corner,” he said, staring into the distance as if disconnected from his words.

The owner of the house, Mohammad Abu Al Sharif, said he couldn’t recognize the bodies but believed, because of their clothes, some of the dead may have been from his family. He did not say if any of them were fighters. The house had nine members living in it before Abu Al Sharif, his wife and four daughters escaped Khuza’a 20 days ago. He lost contact with those who stayed, he said.
A bullet casing lies on the floor at the scene where six bodies were found dead in a bathroom in Khuza'a, Gaza Strip, after Israeli attacks, August 3, 2014. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A bullet casing lies on the floor at the scene where six bodies were found dead in a bathroom in Khuza’a, Gaza Strip, after Israeli attacks, August 3, 2014. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

At the time of this posting, Israeli attacks in Gaza have killed more than 1,800 Palestinians, including at least 1,176 civilians, of whom 377 are children and 196 are women. Two Israeli civilians and one Thai worker have been killed by rocket fire from Gaza. The Israeli military confirms that 64 of its soldiers have died, while Hamas claims that Palestinian fighters have killed more than twice that number.

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