Rafah , Gaza Strip:
A British family visit the spot where a son was shot seriously
Monday, April 29, 2002
Gaza City: A British family consisting of five members arrived to Rafah,
April, 26th, to visit the site where their son Thomas Handroll, 24 years
old, was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper two weeks ago.
Mrs. Handroll Jesslyn, 45 years old, told Palestinian news sources that
she had not received any official reply yet from the Israeli government
concerning the shooting of her son in Rafah.
Thomas is now considered clinically dead as a result of one bullet shot
in the head from an Israeli soldier. He is a member of ISM, the International
Solidarity Movement that attempts to protect Palestinian children and homes
from Israeli army shooting and demolishing in Rafah area, south of Gaza
The mother told reporters that she came to Rafah with her family to see
the place where he son was shot and to listen to eyewitness from the local
The father and their three children, Sofi, 23 years, Billy, 19 years and
Freddie 12 years old went inside the refugee camp near the border wall
and stood at the spot where their son Thomas was shot. Also, the Handroll
family visited the Palestinian child, Salama Barhoom, 5 years old, whom
Thomas was trying to save his life from Israeli gunfire two weeks ago.
The Handroll family presented Salama with gifts and greeted his family.
As the family stood at the spot, where Thomas was hit in the head, the
parents and their children could not control their emotions as sad tears
came down over their loved son who is now in a hospital and considered
By: B. Samed
April 29th. 2003