The drones never sleep

Palestinian protesters run from tear gas canisters fired by an Israeli quadcopter drone. (credit: Ashraf Amra / APA images)
Israeli drones have proven their lethality, with over 2,000 Palestinians killed by drone strikes in the past 12 years.

By Ola Mousa  | The Electric Intifada | Feb 7, 2023

“Drones take videos, track and assassinate; they also direct bomber aircrafts”
— Yousef al-Sharqawi, a retired Palestinian Authority major-general

Atallah al-Attar, 35, gets anxious in the evenings.

He lives on his family’s farm in the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, close to the boundary with Israel.

Evenings are when Israeli drones most often fly overhead.

On this particular January afternoon, he softly explained why he has an acute fear of drones.

“The incident is very painful,” he said.

In May 2019, he was working as a security guard at a wedding venue in Beit Lahiya. He was taking a break with a friend, Khaled Abu Qleeq, 24, when they saw and heard Israeli drones flying overhead, which was not unusual.

Al-Attar thought the drones were just surveilling the area, but then the men felt the explosion.

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