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World Press Photo of the Year Goes to Picture of 2 Palestinian Children Killed in Israeli Strike


"A picture I will not forget."

​​​Editor's note: This post contains graphic images that some readers may find disturbing.

A photo of the bodies of two young Palestinian children killed in an Israeli strike has been awarded the 2012 World Press Photo award.

The image, captured by Swedish photographer Paul Hansen, was taken in Gaza on Nov. 20 in the midst of the fierce clash between Israel and Hamas. The photo shows the children wrapped in white cloth, only their faces visible, being carried through the street.

According to the photo's caption information, 2-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother Muhammad are being carried to the mosque for a burial ceremony as their father's body is carried behind them on a stretcher. Their home was destroyed and their mother put in intensive care as a result of the missile strike. The World Press Photo described both children as male, but other media organizations, including the Associated Press, indicated Suhaib was a girl.

Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father Fouad was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher. (Paul Hansen/Dagens Nyheter)

"The strength of the pictures lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children," jury member Mayu Mohanna of Peru told the Associated Press. "It's a picture I will not forget."

It's not the same photo of a Palestinian boy who was called a "martyr" and the victim of an Israeli strike but was actually killed by a Hamas rocket.

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