Wars pass, and images remain witness to their atrocities, tragedies and heroisms. Images from the recent Israeli war on Gaza were imprinted in the memory, but the image of the victory badge met with wide interaction on the media and communication sites.
An episode of the “Al-Marsad” program (6/2021) dealt with the story of the image of that hand that rose from under the rubble waving the badge of victory, about 6 hours after the fiercest dawn of the war witnessed in Gaza on May 16, and the raids led to the collapse of many Of the housing and buildings due to the bombing of the Israeli air force.
After the violent raids, paramedics, photographers and journalists rushed to the bombing sites, among them was the 23-year-old university student and activist, Saleh al-Jaafrawi.
Al-Jaafari tells the Observatory the details of that day, the story of the photo and its owner, stressing that he takes photos and videos in order to convey his case to the world.
Regarding the story of the photos, Al-Jaafari said that after the bombing, he went to the area with many journalists after hesitation, and they found the paramedics trying to get the survivors out of the bombing or those who had died in it, so he came to help and then heard voices coming from under the rubble. Palestinian Riyad Ashkantna.
Al-Jaafari describes the moment, saying, “After the appearance of Riyad’s hand moving, the teams tried to remove the rubble from what was left of his body, so I shouted to him to raise morale and told him the sign of victory, and then I took the picture.” Al-Jaafari did not expect his image to witness this spread worldwide.
After that, Riad was taken out and taken to the hospital, and with the sunrise of the next day, paramedics were able to save his seven-year-old daughter, but his wife and four children were martyred in that raid that left 43 martyrs and dozens of wounded.