On the day the fellow from our company was killed, the commanders came up to us and told us what happened. Then they decided to fire an âhonor barrageâ and fire three shells. They said, âThis is in memory of ****.â That felt very out of line to me, very problematic.
A barrage of what?
A barrage of shells. They fired the way itâs done in funerals, but with shellfire and at houses. Not into the air. They just chose [a house] â the tank commander said, âJust pick the farthest one, so it does the most damage.â Revenge of sorts. So we fired at one of the houses. Really you just see a block of houses in front of you, so the distance doesnât really matter.
Three shells on the same spot?
Yeah. I donât remember exactly what time it was, but it was close to sunset.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.