Palestinians form human shield

Hundreds of Palestinians form a human shield against Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza strip.

    Residents are left to cope with the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza strip

    Baroud is charged with firing homemade rockets at Israel. Crowds of people stood on the rooftop and in the yard of the home.

    Nour Odeh, Aljazeera's correspondent, reported that it was the first time such an act has been seen in the Gaza strip by residents, but could not say whether it would be enough to prevent an Israeli airstrike.

    The crowd chanted anti-Israel and anti-American slogans, and people said they were prepared to give their lives to protect the home.

    "Yes to martyrdom. No to surrender," the crowd chanted.

    Nizar Rayan, a local Hamas leader who joined the protest, said: "We came here to protect this fighter, to protect his house and to prove that we are capable of defeating this Zionist policy."

    Israel routinely orders residents out of their homes ahead of airstrikes on suspected weapons-storage facilities, saying it wants to avoid casualties.

    Odeh said: "This is a usual type of tactic from Israel in the Gaza strip. They have been using it for months now. This is a type of psychological warfare.

    "Weil Baroud is a member of a political faction that although is not represented in parliament does have a lot of support on the streets, especially in Gaza."

    SOURCE: Aljazeera and Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: 'We saw corpses along the way'

    'We saw corpses along the way'

    Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US.