“I’M NOT SURE WHAT THIS GUY’S PROBLEM IS, BUT HE’S POINTING AN AK-47 ASSAULT RIFLE AT ME, SO I PREFER NOT TO MAKE A FUSS…” | Tripping Along The Ledge

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“I’M NOT SURE WHAT THIS GUY’S PROBLEM IS, BUT HE’S POINTING AN AK-47 ASSAULT RIFLE AT ME, SO I PREFER NOT TO MAKE A FUSS…”

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What stands before me is a scene of utter desolation: the chalk remains of roads, buildings and farmland, bombed and bulldozed beyond any recognition… Read the rest of this article here.

October 5th, 2009.

6 Responses to ““I’M NOT SURE WHAT THIS GUY’S PROBLEM IS, BUT HE’S POINTING AN AK-47 ASSAULT RIFLE AT ME, SO I PREFER NOT TO MAKE A FUSS…””

  1. El Kid Says:

    Trying to macho up the blog again after that bell ringing article, eh?

  2. Eoin Says:

    Pretty much, yeah!

  3. DD Says:

    Really good article but did you really take that picture?

  4. Eoin Says:

    I took the photos that illustrate the article (most of them on my phone, as the Israeli army turned the photographer travelling with me away for some reason.) But the one one above? Jesus, no.

    I did run into lots of Hamas gunmen – they were on practically every street corner – but I didn’t push my luck with them!

  5. han shan Says:

    Hamas gunmen!!! I’d have been terrified- where you scared?

  6. Eoin Says:

    @ Han Shan – No, can’t say that I was scared at any point. There was a truce on while I was there. So, realistically, the only risk was happening to be in close proximity to a car carrying a Hamas leader when it was hit by an Israeli drone rocket – which was highly unlikely.

    Everyone I met – even the Hamas guys – were very nice. They don’t see too many Westerners there.

    Interrogation by the Israeli army wasn’t scary, but it was very, very wearying. It went on for hours. They kept asking the same questions over and over, insisting I was lying, insisting (for example) that I’d spent time in Sudan when I hadn’t etc.

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