A 20-year-old Palestinian protester photographed last month with a slingshot and a Palestinian flag was among those injured by Israeli troops in protests on Gaza border on Monday.
According to reports, A’ed Abu Amro was among those injured by Israeli sniper fire on Monday. Photos show him being carried away on a stretcher.
Abu Amro is reported to have been shot in the leg and is recovering at a Gaza hospital.
A’ed Abu Amro, of this iconic photo, was one of at least 21 reportedly shot by Israeli snipers today in #Gaza, while participating in a demonstration in support of a Palestinian Freedom Ship that set sail to challenge Israel’s naval blockade. #Flotilla #Palestine pic.twitter.com/gIC1amSpVg
— Huwaida Arraf (@huwaidaarraf) November 5, 2018
The shirtless Palestinian made headlines last month, when a photographer captured him slinging a stone at Israeli troops during one of the Great March of Return protests on the boundary with Gaza. The photo was quickly compared to paintings from the French revolution and even the Biblical story of David vs. Goliath, albeit with the roles reversed.
Today, the #Israeli forces injured Aed Abu Amro who became an icon of the #Palestinian freedom after a photo of him protesting and raising the Palestinian flag went viral. His photo was actually compared to the iconic French Revolution painting. pic.twitter.com/4leAikUd2c
— We Are Not Numbers #Gaza (@WeAreNotNumbers) November 5, 2018
Israeli forces shot and injured at least two dozen protesters
As many as two dozen people were shot, according to Gaza medics. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society spoke of ten casualties, including a journalist and a child.
Over 23,000 Palestinians have been injured in the almost-daily protests that began on March 30, and 230 have been killed, according to the Red Crescent Society.
Since the beginning of the protests, Israel has blamed any casualties on Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas.