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Gaza's fatal ritual: Endless protests, mounting casualties

In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, a Palestinian who was injured during a protest stands after sunset near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, eas...
In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, a man runs as he arrives a few minutes late for the afternoon prayer in a mosque in Gaza City. After Friday pray...
In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, Khalil Ayesh sits in his car with his family watching Palestinian protesters at the Gaza Strip's border with Isr...
In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, Palestinians roll tires toward the border fence to set them on fire during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border ...
In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018  photo, a boy rides his bike as Palestinians gather during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Ga...
In this Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 photo, Palestinian protesters run from teargas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with ...
In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, a vendor sells frozen drinks during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Gaza City. Eight m...
In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 photo, A Palestinian protester hurls stones during a protest at Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Gaza City. The ...
In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, Palestinians protesters raise the hand of a young boy while posing for a photo during a protest at the Gaza Stri...
In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, a Palestinian receives medical attention in a hospital after being injured during a protest at the Gaza Strip's ...
In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, Asmaa Abdel-al reacts during the funeral of her 11-year-old son Shady Abdel-al, in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. Ism...
In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, Palestinians carry the body of 11-year-old Shady Abdel-al during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. As the...
In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, Palestinians mourn over the body of 11-year-old Shady Abdel-al during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. T...
In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, Palestinians pray next to the body of 11-year-old Shady Abdel-al during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip....
In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, 11-year-old Mahmoud Abdel-al, cries during the funeral of his twin brother Shady Abdel-al in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza ...
In this Sept. 16, 2018 photo, Atalla Fayoumi, smokes a cigarette outside a shop near his house in Gaza City. The 18-year-old Palestinian's right leg w...

In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, a Palestinian who was injured during a protest stands after sunset near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, eas...

In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, a man runs as he arrives a few minutes late for the afternoon prayer in a mosque in Gaza City. After Friday pray...

In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, Khalil Ayesh sits in his car with his family watching Palestinian protesters at the Gaza Strip's border with Isr...

In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, Palestinians roll tires toward the border fence to set them on fire during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border ...

In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, a boy rides his bike as Palestinians gather during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Ga...

In this Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 photo, Palestinian protesters run from teargas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with ...

In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, a vendor sells frozen drinks during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Gaza City. Eight m...

In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 photo, A Palestinian protester hurls stones during a protest at Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Gaza City. The ...

In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, Palestinians protesters raise the hand of a young boy while posing for a photo during a protest at the Gaza Stri...

In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 photo, a Palestinian receives medical attention in a hospital after being injured during a protest at the Gaza Strip's ...

In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, Asmaa Abdel-al reacts during the funeral of her 11-year-old son Shady Abdel-al, in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. Ism...

In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, Palestinians carry the body of 11-year-old Shady Abdel-al during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. As the...

In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, Palestinians mourn over the body of 11-year-old Shady Abdel-al during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. T...

In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, Palestinians pray next to the body of 11-year-old Shady Abdel-al during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip....

In this Sept. 15, 2018 photo, 11-year-old Mahmoud Abdel-al, cries during the funeral of his twin brother Shady Abdel-al in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza ...

In this Sept. 16, 2018 photo, Atalla Fayoumi, smokes a cigarette outside a shop near his house in Gaza City. The 18-year-old Palestinian's right leg w...

MALAKA, Gaza Strip (AP) — Eight months after Palestinian demonstrations began against Israel's long blockade of Gaza, the weekly protests that have kept the region on edge unfold with remarkable predictability.

The crowds will attack the fence with stones and firebombs, Israeli gunfire will ring out, striking dozens of Palestinians. They'll all go home at sunset, but in a week they'll all be back, poised for the deadly ritual to start over again.

Among them is Atalla Fayoumi. The 18-year-old Palestinian's right leg was amputated after Israeli soldiers shot him here in April at one of the mass demonstrations against Israel's long blockade of Gaza that are held every week.

Yet he has kept returning to the protests — just like thousands of other desperate, unemployed men who feel they have nothing left to lose.


Updated : 2021-05-08 13:05 GMT+08:00