GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — September 30, 2018, marks the 18th anniversary of the murder of the Palestinian child Mohammed al-Durrah by Israeli soldiers in a scene that sparked international furor.
The crime took place in the Gaza Strip on 30 September 2000, on the second day of al-Aqsa Intifada, during widespread protests throughout the Palestinian territories.
Mohammed, who was 12 years old, and his father were filmed by a cameraman as they were caught in gunfire heavily discharged by the Israeli occupation forces.
The footage shows the pair hiding behind a concrete cylinder, the boy crying and the father waving while trying to protect his son. The father was first shot in his right arm before he caught sight of bullets penetrating his son’s back.
On 28 September 2000, two days before the shooting, Israel’s leader at the time Ariel Sharon, escorted by dozens of Israeli soldiers, stormed al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.
Sharon toured al-Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards and announced the site an Israeli-controlled area, which led to the outbreak of violent clashes between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli soldiers.
During al-Aqsa Intifada, which is also called the Second Intifada, 4,412 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli army and 48,322 injured.