British graffiti legend Banksy, known for his street art that is often political in nature, has gone undercover in Gaza to reveal life in the war-torn territory.
“Make this the year YOU discover a new destination,” a two-minute video released by Banksy from Gaza proclaims. The video (watch it below), which appears to be a parody of travel advertisements, exposes the hardships that Gazan men, women and children face through dark humor.
“The locals like it so much they never leave”, says bold white text in the video with children walking along Gaza’s streets.
“Because they’re not allowed to,” clarifies the next frame, showing Israeli security forces.
The video was released alongside several pieces of street art, which were published on Banksy’s website.
The latest conflict in Gaza, codenamed Operation Protective Edge by the Israelis, resulted in the deaths of 539 children out of a total of 2,000 Palestinians.
With a ban on construction equipment and material from entering the Gaza Strip, locals have struggled to rebuild their homes. According to the UN, 500,000 Gazans were displaced during the 50 day conflict that saw the destruction of more than 18,000 buildings.