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Israel’s understanding of ‘justice’: Three-year secret detention without trial

Israel has been secretly holding suspected Qaeda activist without trial for more than three years, legal documents show.

Detention orders can be renewed indefinitely

JERUSALEM – Israel has been secretly holding a suspected Al-Qaeda activist without trial for more than three years, legal documents showed on Monday after the suspect petitioned a court for his release.

According to court documents, the Israeli security establishment told the high court ahead of a Monday hearing it believed that Samer Al-Barq is “an activist in the global terror group Al-Qaeda, with extensive knowledge in non-conventional arms, especially biological weapons”.

His petition to be released from administrative detention should be rejected by the court, since he would significantly boost the development of “global jihad” infrastructure in the region if freed, the documents said.

Under what Israel calls “administrative detention”, suspects can be imprisoned without trial by order of a military court. Such orders can be renewed indefinitely for up to six months at a time.

“We petitioned the court because in three days the Israeli authorities will be renewing his administrative detention order,” Barq’s attorney Saleh Mahameed said ahead of Monday’s hearing.

Mahameed said his client’s family originated in the northern West Bank village of Jayyus, while Barq himself was born in Kuwait 39 years ago, and studied microbiology in Pakistan in 1997.

According to the court documents, Barq received military training in Afghanistan in 1998, and in 2001 was recruited by Al-Qaeda and acquired “knowledge and experience” in non-conventional weaponry.

Barq was involved in planning attacks on Israeli and Jewish tourists in Jordan during 2001, and agreed to train Palestinians to manufacture poison to use against Israelis, the document said.

Israeli media reports have said that Barq had been arrested by US authorities and interrogated for three months at Guantanamo Bay in 2003, after which he was deported to Jordan.

In its response to Barq’s petition, the state noted that he was imprisoned in Jordan between 2003-2008 for “terror activity” and involvement in an Al-Qaeda biological weapon project.

He was expelled from Jordan on July 11, 2010 and was arrested at the Allenby border crossing while trying to enter Israel, according to the court documents and the attorney.

“You can’t hold a person without taking him to court for old charges the Jordanians and Americans have already investigated,” Mahameed said.

(Source / 18.11.2013)

El-Masri: Policy of medical negligence leads to 2 years of untreated cancer

yousry-elmasriPalestinian political prisoner Yousry el-Masri, 30, from Gaza, is suffering from cancer of the thyroid after years of deliberate medical negligence, reported Palestinian Prisoners Society lawyer Shereen Nasser after a visit to Ramle prison clinic.

In two years in Nafha prison, el-Masri suffered from pain in his abdomen, severe headache, hot flashes and sweating; blood tests were conducted, yet he received only painkillers for treatment of what was actually thyroid cancer.

El-Masri said that this was part of a policy of medical neglect against prisoners that dismisses prisoners’ pain and suffering and refuses to provide appropriate medical testing, examination or treatment.

El-Masri was finally sent to Soroka hospital after severe deterioration in his health, where a tumor was discovered in his thyroid and enlarged lymph nodes. It took several months to receive approval for surgery to remove his thyroid. He was kept shackled despite his surgery and severe illness during his recovery.

Nasser said that El-Masri reported that the prison administration transferred the doctor and clinic director from Nafha prison, saying that this took place due to their responsibility for his health condition and suffering. El-Masri said that the prison authorities handle prisoners’ health isues with careles indifference. El-Masri is now awaiting proper treatment and chemotherapy.

(Source / 17.11.2013)

Al-Fassisi enters 50th day of hunger strike as detention renewed


al-fassisiPalestinian administrative detainee Akram al-Fassisi, 30 of Ethna village, west of al-Khalil, is entering his 50th day of open hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention, as his detention has been renewed by occupation authorities for an additional 3 months.

He launched his strike on September 29, 2013 in Ofer prison in protest of the renewal of his administrative detention without charge. He is currently held in the Ramle prison clinic, and has been in administrative detention since November 16, 2012. He was previously detained for a year and a half in Israeli prisons.

He told Palestinian lawyer Hanan al-Khatib that he is continuing his strike in the prison clinic and is refraining from taking vitamins, taking only water and salt. He also said that he is being held in isolation and that his cell is invasively searched and raided 3-4 times weekly. His electronics have been confiscated and he is being denied family visits.

Palestinian lawyer Ahmad Safia reported that Al-Fassisi will have a hearing in Ofer military court on Monday, November 18,
after the Israeli authorities renewed his administrative detention for 3 months.

Al-Fassisi said that he would boycott medical treatment in Ramle clinic because he does not trust the Prison Administration’s doctors, and called for broader action to demand an end to administrative detention.

(Source / 17.11.2013)

London, Nov. 24: 200 Days of Alaa Hammad’s Hunger Strike, 200 Days of BBC Silence

Protest: Alaa Hammad – 200 Days of Hunger Strike, BBC – 200 Days of Silence
Date: Sunday 24th November 2013, 1pm – 3pm
Location: BBC Broadcasting House Portland Place, London W1A 1AA (Oxford Circus Tube)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/553385031398949/

alaa-bbcAlaa Hammad is a Palestinian father of six young children – 3 boys and 3 girls. They have not seen their father for 7 years as he rots in an Israeli dungeon after being severely tortured. As his act of resistance in demanding his freedom from an illegal occupation prison he started a hunger strike. 17th November will be his 200th day on hunger strike. Yet the BBC, which describes its mission as one to “inform” and “educate” and the news as “providing trusted World and UK news..”, has refused to cover his story.

The search engine Google has indexed nearly 20 million articles from the BBC website yet it returns no results from the BBC for Alaa Hammad. Alaa Hammad has never once been mentioned by the BBC – those 20 million articles.. empty of any reference to the Palestinian hunger striker who is nearing death after nearly seven months without food.

This bias by the BBC is not new – it was only after months of protesting outside the BBC over their silence of the hunger strikers Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna that they final mention their names.. even then they only mentioned “Samer Issawi” 6 times and “Ayman Sharawna” 5 times.

If we do a quick search on Google for Israeli prisoner “Gilad Shalit”, the soldier in the Israeli occupation force who was captured by Hamas in 2006, it brings back 998 articles from the BBC which includes articles from this year – two years after he was released and yet he is still news worthy for the BBC. They even did a special article to commemorate the anniversary of his release!

The Shalit release anniversary article reports of his “ordeal”, the “psychological effects”, “trying to come to terms with his fame” the ordeal of the media following “his first bicycle ride after he returned home.. [his] trip to Paris to visit President Nicholas Sarkozy and a meeting with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.. at a concert of the popular singer, Shlomo Artzi, who dedicated a song to him; at various sports events and on the set of the US television drama series, Homeland..” Contrast this ‘ordeal’ which the BBC finds newsworthy to the ordeal Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike are going through TODAY.
Alaa Hammad after 200 days without food is in critical condition. His vision is going – he cannot see more than one foot in front of him, there is pain through out his body and he cannot walk, and there is blood in his urine suggesting his kidneys may no longer be functioning properly. Two months ago he had already lost 30kg in weight, we do not have recent figures as following abuse at the hands of the Israeli prison guards and doctors he has refused all medical examinations as his last resort to protest his inhuman treatment. On occasion Alaa Hamamd has lost consciousness for 5 hours, ignored by Israeli doctors.. they say if a hunger striker falls into coma then they will force feed him.

Alaa Hammad started his hunger strike on 2nd May 2013 along with 4 other Palestinian political prisoners. The Israeli prison guards have brutally attacked the hunger strikers – throwing them off their beds in hospital on to the concrete floor before beating and kicking them; and they have used the denial of medicine as a weapon against the prisoners to force them to stop their hunger strike. After 100 days of enduring such abuse the other 4 hunger strikers suspended their strike after the Israeli prison service agreed to allow family visits for the first time. Some of them have not been allowed to see their families for 13 years. Three months later however, its clear Israel has reneged on the deal with not a single prisoner being allowed to see their family. The father of prisoner Abdullah Al-Barghouti is in critical condition in hospital with only one wish – to see his son before he dies. The families have been left in limbo, their hope now rests with the sole remaining hunger striker Alaa Hammad.

Lack of international attention was the primary reason the four hunger strikers gave as to why they ended their hunger strike, so it is imperative that pressure is put on our media to cover their story, to give voice to their suffering. The BBC is principally funded by television licence fees – £3.7 billion last year. Such blatant bias by omission in its reporting is unacceptable and we as TV licence holders demand the BBC follow its remit to inform and educate by covering the issue of Palestinian hunger strikers and in particular Alaa Hammad. There will be a protest in Jordan (Alaa Hammad’s family is in Jordan) this Sunday to mark Alaa Hammad’s 200th day of hunger strike, and we in the UK will continue with one the next Sunday, on 24th November. We will protest outside the BBC Headquarters on Portland Place, W1A 1AA (closest tube is Oxford Circus) at 1pm-3pm, please join us.

Organized by Inminds Palestinian Prisoners Campaign: http://inminds.com/caged

(Source / 17.11.2013)

Israeli forces raid Bethlehem village, hand summons to freed prisoner

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces entered a village near Bethlehem early Sunday and delivered a summons to a freed prisoner, the man’s uncle said.

Soldiers knocked “crazily” at the door of a house in the town of al-Khadr at 3 a.m., checked identity cards, and demanded Dirar Salah appear at Gush Etzion interrogation center, Abdul-Hakim Salah told Ma’an.

Salah said that Israeli soldiers took him in a military vehicle to his nephew’s house nearby, where they handed a summons to Dirar Salah.

Dirar must appear for an interrogation session on Nov. 21, Salah said.

Dirar Salah was detained in March, 2012 when Israeli forces raided his mobile phone shop and confiscated his computer. Israel claimed he provided Palestinian prisoners with mobile phone credit.

He was released in April, 2013.

Dirar Salah also served two years in Israeli custody between 1998 and 2000.

(Source / 17.11.2013)

Extremist Israeli group enters Al-Aqsa compound under police escort

In an undated photo, Glick indicates to a Jewish tour group where a Jewish temple reportedly used to stand inside the al-Aqsa compound.
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Over 100 Israeli Jews accompanied by police entered Al-Aqsa compound through the Moroccan gate on Sunday afternoon.

The 104 Israeli Jews were described by witnesses as “settlers,” and they included 33 Israeli intelligence officers led by extremist lawyer Yehuda Glick.

Glick was allowed back in Al-Aqsa compound after his 6-month ban was lifted two days ago. He was informed that he would be allowed to return to the compound by Jerusalem District Police Chief Yossi Pariente after serving only one month of his ban.

Glick called on all Jews to visit the compound, and proposed an initiative to schedule daily visits by extremists to the Jerusalem holy site.

Azzam al-Khatib, director of the Jerusalem office of the PA ministry of endowment said “it is obvious that Israeli police are being pressured by extremists to allow Glick to return to Al-Aqsa.”

“Glick is a provocative man, and it is obvious that he is trying to create chaos at Al-Aqsa,” al-Khatib added.

Yehuda Glick is an American-born Israeli and the chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Fund, an extremist Jewish organization focused on “strengthening the relationship between Israel and the Temple Mount.”

Critics charge that the Fund actually leads Jewish tours to the site with the intention of leading Jewish prayer there- currently banned under Israeli agreements- and encouraging Jews to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque and build a Jewish temple there.

Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab, President of the Council of the Islamic Endowment in Jerusalem condemned the recurrent “settler visits” to the site.

He added that Israeli police had taken control over the compound, but should return that to the Islamic endowment.

Because of the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa compound, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls it to not allow non-Muslim prayers in the area. Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to the site, leading to tension with Palestinian worshipers.

The compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque and is the third holiest site in Islam.

It is also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

According to mainstream Jewish religious leaders, Jews are forbidden from entering for fear they would profane the “Holy of Holies,” or the inner sanctum of the Second Temple.

Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

(Source / 17.11.2013)

Israeli settlers uproot 106 olive trees near Yatta

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers raided Palestinian agricultural areas in the southern West Bank overnight, uprooting 106 olive trees in Quwawees area east of Yatta.

Locals said that Israeli settlers destroyed 106 olive trees owned by Abd al-Nabi Makhamra in an overnight attack.

Settlers have recently destroyed trees in the area with ripe olives, in order to prevent Palestinians from harvesting them, locals added.

According to a 2012 report on Israeli settler violence released by the Palestine Center, a Washington-based nonprofit, every year the olive harvest period sees the highest peak in attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.

In 2012, there were 353 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Over 7,500 olive trees were damaged or destroyed by settlers between January and mid-October in 2012, according to OCHA.

Since 1967, 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted in the occupied West Bank, resulting in a loss of around $55 million to the Palestinian economy, according to a report by the PA ministry and the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.

The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 17.11.2013)

Israeli forces attack Palestinian village, injure 40

Israeli troops fire tear gas at Palestinians (unseen) in the occupied West Bank. (File photo)

Israeli troops fire tear gas at Palestinians (unseen) in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli forces have attacked the village of Abu Dis in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in the occupied Palestinian territories, injuring 40 people including university students.

On Sunday, the village was attacked by Israeli soldiers firing tear-gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun bombs.

Reports say that those injured included a large number of students from al-Quds University.

Moreover, those wounded have been taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

The Israeli soldiers also fired sound bombs at the al-Quds University campus.

The Israeli army launches frequent attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

On November 7, a Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli troops at a junction in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

On October 22, clashes broke out between scores of Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian village of Bil’in, situated 12 kilometers west of the city of Ramallah, over the killing of a Palestinian man, named Yusef Ahmed Radaida.

Israeli soldiers shot dead Radaida on October 17, when the Palestinian man crashed a tractor through the perimeter fence of an Israeli military camp in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

According to Palestinian rights groups, over a dozen Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the first half of 2013. Israeli troops also seized nearly 1,800 Palestinians, including women and children, during the same period.

(Source / 17.11.2013)


In October 2010, Who Profits published a report about the Israeli banks’ involvement in the Israeli occupation. The Israeli banks provide the financial infrastructure for activities of companies, governmental agencies and individuals in the occupied Palestinian territories and the Syrian Golan Heights. As Who Profits’ report shows, it is evident that the banks are well aware of the types and whereabouts of the activity that is being carried out with their financial assistance.

Who Profits’ research identified six categories of involvement of Israeli banks in the occupation:

1.Providing mortgage loans for homebuyers in settlements

Israeli banks provide mortgages to individuals who wish to buy or build housing units in West Bank settlements. The purchased property is used as collateral for the loan. Thus, the bank is facilitating the colonizing of land and is a stakeholder in a settlement property and, in cases of foreclosure, it may fully own that property.

To name a few examples, Leumi Bank provides mortgages for homebuyers in the settlements of Zufim, Ariel and Beitar Ilit; Mizrahi-Tefahot bank provides mortgages for homebuyers in the settlements of Ariel, Beit Arye (Ofarim), Beitar Ilit, Imanuel and Modi’in Ilit.

2.Providing financial services to Israeli local authorities in the West Bank and the Golan Heights

Regional councils, local councils and municipalities of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Golan Heights form part of the associated regime and administer the settlements.  The authorities of this regime depend on financial services provided by Israeli banks. Israeli banks provide loans to local authorities of settlements, which are used for development of infrastructure, construction of public buildings and providing municipal services to the settlements’ residents. Additional services to these local authorities include managing bank accounts, the provision of funds’ management services and funds’ transfer from the government and from other sources, such as grants from the Israel National Lottery (Mifal HaPayis). All grants given by the Israeli National Lottery to dozens of settlements are transferred through Dexia Israel bank.

Dexia Israel also provided a loan for waste management systems in the settlement of Bat Ayin, and a guarantee for a project of the Israeli Ministry of Defense to install lighting around Kdumim settlement. In addition, Gush Etzion regional council receives its State funds through Dexia Israel.

3.Providing special loans for construction projects in settlements 

Israeli banks provide loans for various construction firms for the explicit purpose of constructing housing projects in West Bank settlements. The Sale (Apartments) (Assurance of Investments of Purchasers of Apartments) Law – 1974 ensure homebuyers that a bank vouches for construction project, backs the construction company and protects the buyers’ investments by providing a bank guarantee. Homebuyers’ payments for the property are all deposited in a dedicated bank account, and the bank monitor’s the financial status and the development of the project.

Hapoalim and Leumi banks acted as a guarantor and loan maker to major construction companies such as Heftziba and Shikun & Binui (Housing and construction) that built projects in the settlements of Ma’ale Adumim and Har Homa. These banks also guarantee the state loans to companies that built the Light Rail in Jerusalem, which connects the Jerusalem settlement neighborhoods with the city center.

4.Operating branches in Israeli settlements

Most of the Israeli banks have several branches in Israeli settlements, through which they provide financial services to settlers and commercial companies in settlements. The bank branches form part of the settlement itself, and are part of the service infrastructure that enables the continued development of the settlements.

5.Providing financial services to businesses in settlements

Israeli banks provide financial services to businesses in the settlements and to businesses whose entire commercial activity is occupation-related. For instance, Israeli banks provide loans and offer bank accounts to factories located in settlements industrial zones. The property of these businesses is often used as collateral for such loans. For example, Mizrahi bank’s subsidiary, British-Israel investments, owns and operates Adumim Mall in the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

6.Benefiting from access to the Palestinian monetary market as a captured market

Restricted by the agreements between the PA and Israel, as part of the Oslo process (e.g. The Paris protocol – the economic annex to the Oslo Accords) – the Palestinian monetary market cannot operate a currency of its own. While there are four currencies that can be used in the Palestinian market (Israeli shekel, EU euro, Jordanian dinar and US dollar), the Israeli shekel dominates most of this market, as a derivative of the subordination of the entire Palestinian economy to that of Israel’s. Palestinian banks have to rely on Israeli banks, which serve as correspondence banks, for the transference of funds and Shekel clearing services. However, according to official Palestinian sources, in order to provide these services, Israeli banks demand high cash collaterals of over a billion Shekels, charge high commissions and pose limitations on money transfers. In addition, Israeli banks work only with some of the Palestinian banks; they refuse to work with new banks, which become dependent on other Palestinian banks. Moreover, Israeli banks severed their contractual connections with the Palestinian banks in Gaza and stopped providing any services to them. This had a significant impact on the financial market in Gaza bringing it to the brinks of a total collapse.

The six categories of activity specified herein portray the extent in which banks in Israel are implicated in financing of occupation-related endeavors. In a more general perspective, it can be stated that all most aspects of Israeli control over the occupied territory have a financial foundation. Many financial activities of individuals, organizations, governmental institutions and commercial companies could have taken place without the active support of banks. The findings show that Israeli banks are still benefitung from financial activities in the occupied territories, especially in the settlements industry.

(Source / 17.11.2013)

Power cuts force Gaza’s youth to study in dark

Boys read by candle light

Yusri Balaha and his brother find it very exhausting to read by candle light.

GAZA (IRIN) — Since the beginning of November, Gaza’s only power plant has been shut due to shortages of industrial diesel. The result has been a major increase in power outages for Gaza’s nearly 1.7 million inhabitants, with electricity now absent for approximately half of each day.

The UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the occupied West Bank and Gaza, James W. Rawley, has said the shutdown and fuel shortages will “impact all essential services, including hospitals, clinics, sewage and water pumping stations.”

The plant was only reopened last year after rehabilitation following an Israeli airstrike in 2006. According to the Gaza Energy Authority, it generates approximately 30 percent of Gaza’s electricity supply, the rest coming from Israel (120 megawatts) and Egypt (27 megawatts).

Since June, a security clampdown on the Egyptian side of the border has drastically cut the importation of fuel through tunnels, and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, in the West Bank, has stopped sending fuel because of a dispute over taxes.

To get an idea of the impact of the outages on Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, IRIN met with the Balaha family in Beach Refugee Camp.

“Electricity cuts in Gaza have always been severe, but now it is at a whole new level,” Fuad Balaha said in his ill-equipped barber shop in the heart of the refugee camp. There are few comforts for the handful of customers, and now even electricity is a luxury. “It is very difficult, and we are expecting things to get worse if nothing happens to fix the situation.”

Huge debts

Young man grooms another man sitting in barber shop chair

Fuad Balaha’s business has further suffered wtih increased power outages.

Fuad is married with a four-month-old baby and a family of 18 people, including his mother, brothers and widowed sister, who all depend on his small shop. His father died six months ago.

Huge debts hang over him because of his and his brother’s wedding, and the family also needed to take out loans over the past seven years to pay for the construction of their home.

With electricity out during much of the day, he often tells potential customers to come back later. “When outages were lasting eight hours, I was making between 50 and 60 shekels [nearly $15] a day, but now the power is off for 12 hours … This diminishes my revenue to 30 to 40 shekels, which is making a tight situation much worse.”

It is just before six in the evening in the Balaha family home, an unfinished three-story building in a crowded part of northern Gaza City, a few kilometers from the shop.

“We only have candles”

Fuad’s mother, Enshirah, 55, lights a candle as the shadows begin to lengthen, something that comes quicker as winter approaches. She keeps an eye on the load-shedding schedule from the power company to make sure candles are pre-positioned when the lights go out.

“We only have candles. Our generator was damaged a few years ago, and we could not fix it because it is expensive. And even if it is working, where can we get or how can we pay for fuel? So, we depend on candles.”

A major concern for the Balahas, and many other families, is the fire risk the candles pose. “I double-check them, because I heard about accidents and fires [that have] occurred in Gaza,” Enshirah said.

A month ago, her daughter and grandchildren were sleeping in the home when a candle on the television fell over and started a fire. Her daughter woke up because of the smoke, and the family escaped.

Enshirah’s other worry is making sure there is at least some light so her grandchildren can study. “It is a hard mission” she said, “but we have to do that to keep them studying.”


Yusri, 14, joins his younger brother at a low, small table, where they hunch around a single candle, preparing for the next day’s classes. Yusri, Fuad’s orphaned nephew, is helped by his uncle Mohammed, 24, who graduated from university three years ago but is currently unemployed.

“I try to do everything possible to finish reading when power is available, or use the daylight,” said Yusri. “The situation has affected me a lot recently. The darkness hasn’t left me much space to revise well. Midterm exams are coming up soon.”

When the power is off, he sleeps early, or stays outside the house for a while. His television and playing time has been limited. The whole family feels strained by the cuts, with few activities possible after hours.

Like Fuad, Mohammed is married and has a baby daughter. As his wife heated tea for him on a small gas cooker, he said, “This is not a life at all. It is miserable in all ways.”

His search for employment has not been successful. Longer power outages, in addition to ongoing gas and fuel shortages, are “making our life unbearable,” he said.

“It is the main question in Gaza now. What we need — as an essential right — is living healthy and sound, in a decent way. We want this to be a place where my baby, family and Palestinians can live with dignity.”

Pitch black

As soon as electricity comes on, there is a rush in the house to get all the postponed chores finished. Enshirah takes charge, preparing to bake, filling the tanks when water is available, washing, cleaning and cooking. “Sometimes we manage to finish, but in many cases we cannot, because of the short time of connection,” she said.

“We do not have a water pump to push the water up. We do not have a generator. What we have are candles and a fireplace to cook and heat water for domestic use, so my sons and grandsons collect and bring wood which we use.”

She added, “Sometimes, when power is off, we send the kids with clothes to wash them in my family’s house a few blocks away when they have some water and electricity available.”

Later in the evening, Fuad returns to his shop, where he uses a charged battery to help him through the power outage. When he returns home, the area is still pitch black.

(Source / 16.11.2013)