Gaza City: In an unique and heart wrenching way the Palestinians paid tribute to Aylan Kurdi, the tiny boy who drowned while fleeing the war by building a sand sculpture of him on Monday on a beach in the Gaza Strip.
The sculpture measuring a few metres (yards) in length depicts three-year-old Aylan Kurdi in the same position and with red and blue clothing like he wore when his lifeless body was found last week.
Aylan’s body was photographed lying face down in the sand near Bodrum, one of Turkey’s prime tourist resorts, in a bleak image that rapidly went viral on social media.
The sand sculpture is located a short distance from where an Israeli strike killed four Gazan children as they played football during last year’s 50-day Gaza war.
“When I saw this statue representing Aylan Kurdi, the child drowned while fleeing Syria, I felt a deep sadness and great emotion,” said resident Arwa Arbijan.