Rafah, Gaza Strip: I was at a house with my colleagues monitoring the situation in Rafah, when I heard two huge explosions. The shout went up: ‘A hit by Israeli F16!’ Once I realized that the house had an asbestos roof, I knew there would be serious casualties. First they removed the body of an old man and then people started to shout: ‘Children under the rubble!’ I rushed to the closest position to photograph these kids. The boy in this picture was later identified as Mahmoud al-Ghol. He is 10 years old.
Nine of Mahmoud’s relatives, including his uncle’s family, were killed in the strike and another seven were wounded.
Seeing him beneath the debris was the worst experience of my life. Tears were running from my eyes while I was taking the pictures. Looking at the boy was like looking at my own son.
A colleague of mine knows Mahmoud’s relatives and after the strike he helped me to trace him to where he was being treated in hospital.
Palestinians rescue Mahmoud al-Ghol from under the rubble of a house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, August 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa