from Ecuador Killed by Palestinian Sniper
Carlos Andrés Mosquera Chávez, a
20-year-old volunteer from Ecuador, was killed by a Palestinian
sniper from the Gaza Strip as he was
working in the fields of Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. The Hamas Izz al-Din al-Qassam
Brigades claimed responsibility for the shooting.
Carlos Chávez, a volunteer from Quito, Ecuador, was working
in the potato fields of Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, near the central
Gaza Strip, about 100 meters from the perimeter fence. He and
his compatriot, David Lanas, had stopped for a snack when the
firing began. They ran for cover, but Carlos was struck by a
bullet in the back. He managed to say, "Los muy malditos
me dieron en la espalda" (the bastards shot me in the back)
before collapsing in David’s arms. He was taken to the kibbutz
infirmary by a Magen David Adom team, where he died of his wounds.
"It’s tough for us to receive news like this," said
Annie Rotman, who is responsible for the kibbutz’s volunteers.
Carlos had come to the kibbutz two months ago, in November. "Only
yesterday, we spoke with him, laughed with him." Carlos
had heard about Israel and Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, established
by immigrants from South America in the 1950s, from a relative
who had visited there, and he was eager to go because he wanted
to study abroad. He was to have celebrated his 21st birthday
on January 20.
of Carlos’ death was conveyed to his sister Diana Mosquera
in Quito. She described her brother as
a happy, vivacious person
who was never still, and who loved life and soccer. He had planned
on remaining in Israel for a year, where he hoped to perfect
his English, and then go on to university studies. "His
dream was to know about the world. He was at the age when all
he wanted to do is travel," Diana said.
Carlos’ body will be flown home for burial in Quito. He is survived
by his parents, Carlos Alfredo and Gloria de las Mercedes, his
sister Diana and his grandparents.