Broken Lives

Fawwaz shamas dimly heard his little brother Imad call out: "Fawwaz, get moving!" A gunfight between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian snipers had broken out in the random way so common in Hebron since the start of the Aqsa intifadeh. The Shamas boys had to take cover inside their house. Fawwaz, 25, looked blankly at his brother. "I can't see you," he said. He put his hand to his forehead and saw the blood in his palm. A shrapnel fragment from a heavy machine gun had entered above his right eye. It passed close by his brain and lodged in the...

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