British street artist Banksy has posted a mini-documentary on his website showing squalid conditions in Gaza, six months after the end of the war between Hamas and Israel.
More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed during the fighting, most of them civilians and many of them children, while 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians were killed.
The two-minute documentary was posted today and like many of Banksy's murals and other art is politically charged and whimsical at the same time.
It starts off with a view of clouds from an airplane window while text on the screen says "Make this the year you discover a new destination".
That destination is Gaza, which the film, using mostly text rather than narration, says is hemmed in on four sides by its "friendly neighbours" the Israelis, and can only be entered through one of the tunnels shown.
It also shows Israeli soldiers on patrol, apparently during their incursion into Gaza, and the harsh conditions of life there - bombed-out buildings, rubble-strewn vacant lots and workmen trying to make repairs.
Towards the end the camera focuses on a mural of a playful-looking kitten, presumably painted by Banksy, with a man looking at it and saying in Arabic that at least the cat found something to play with, because the children in Gaza have nothing.
Elsewhere on his website, Banksy says that during the filming a local man had asked him what the meaning was of the kitten.
"I explained (that) I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website - but on the Internet people only look at pictures of kittens."
The film ends with a message painted on a wall: "If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful - we don't remain neutral."
Banksy is mostly known for his street art that often commands prices of hundreds of thousands of euro, but also has produced several films, including the feature-length "Exit Through the Gift Shop" in 2010.