One of the most incredible pictures to come out of the savagery in Gaza was posted on Twitter on Thursday. Taken by Swedish Radio correspondent Johan-Matthias Sommarström, the image shows a small Palestinian boy who had dressed himself as a journalist with a "home made flak jacket".
Sommarström said he was approached by the boy as he returned to his hotel after a day of reporting in the beleaguered Strip. "I’m a journalist," the boy told Sommarström, who loaned him his helmet to complete the look.
— JoMa Sommarstrom (@ekmathia) July 31, 2014
Speaking on Swedish Radio, Sommarström later said: "For me the picture is a powerful example of children's strong will to survive. He has seen us journalists go in and out of the hotel, he has seen that we survive. I think that in his pretending play he wants to be like us, someone who survives."
According to Palestinian officials, the death toll has now topped 1,360 since fighting began on the 8 July, many of the fatalities civilians. 58 Israelis have also been killed. On Thursday evening, Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour unconditional humanitarian cease-fire.
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