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Falafel stop 'saves' Gaza man from Israeli missile

Jan. 19, 2014 2:30 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 20, 2014 2:04 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man survived an Israeli airstrike on Sunday after he jumped off his donkey cart to eat falafel and fool in a popular restaurant in the northern Gaza Strip.

The donkey, however, was not so lucky, and wound up a casualty of an Israeli missile strike that also injured a motorcyclist and a 12-year-old child passing by.

Saad Dabour, a garbage collector, told Ma'an that seconds before an Israeli airstrike hit a motorcyclist on Saftawi Street near Jabaliya, he stopped his donkey cart on the roadside and jumped down to treat himself to a breakfast of falafel and fool, a dish made of fava beans, from a popular roadside restaurant.

"Only a few seconds later, I heard a blast, and when I turned back to see what had happened, I saw the motorbike ablaze and its driver was lying on the ground."

He added that after he recovered from the shock, he noticed that his donkey was riddled with shrapnel from the missile.

Dabour told Ma'an that he uses Saftawi Street every day to collect garbage on his donkey cart.

In late November, Gaza authorities announced that local municipalities had been forced to use donkeys in order to collect garbage and waste from cities and villages across the region due to major fuel shortages.

Fuel shortages have caused major hardship in the Gaza Strip since early November, causing power plants and water pumps to decrease service hours and cutting off access to basic necessities for Gaza residents.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel with Egyptian support since 2006.
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