Adli Obeid (L) and Mansour Al-Qerim (R), walk together in Gaza City, on July 20, 2017. (Xinhua photo)
GAZA, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Adli Obeid and Mansour Al-Qerim from Palestinian Gaza City have shared many habits and traits since they were young, but their fate has led them to share their shoes since they became amputees a few years ago.
Adli and Mansour, both in their mid-20s, are amputees due to two separate Israeli shelling in Gaza.
Adli lost his right leg at the beginning of 2011 in an Israeli bombardment of Gaza City, and only five months later his friend Mansour suffered similar shelling near his home in the eastern Gaza neighborhood of Shujaiya.
Adli said Mansour has been supporting him since he lost his leg, and has helped him overcome his disability.
"Mansour and I have been friends since we were very young, but we became close friends after the injury. We are like brothers. You can say we are soul mates," said Adli.
After Mansour suffered the same injury, the common disability of both young men has thus strengthened their friendship, which eases the tough situation both have been going through.
Mansour said that they are doing almost everything together, including things that are not easy to imagine for two people suffering from a disability like theirs.
They even ride a motorcycle together, hanging around every day in the streets of Gaza. Adli takes the bike and brake, while Mansour changes speeds according to his friend's instructions.
Mansour said that he was afraid to join Adli at first. "But he ensured me and said let's give it a try. And thanks God we made it and I started to change speeds for him while he controls the directions and the brakes," he said.
Despite the disability, they lead a normal life for young people of their age. They both have got married and have babies.
Often, when the two friends walk down the street, people are surprised by their cheerful spirit and mutual movements.
Adli and Mansour are also working on psychological support for the wounded in the Gaza Strip, whose number exceeds 25,000 in the last 10 years according to official statistics.
They also are getting used to buy together all their needs, including clothing and footwear.
"When we buy shoes, we only buy one pair of shoes," Mansour said, which surprised many shoes sellers at first place.
"Our lives are normal and we move out and lead a life like all young people. Many people think that our lives have been destroyed because we lost our legs. I say no, we still a have bright future."
There are around 50,000 physically disabled Palestinians among the two million population of the territory that has been blockaded by Israel since 2007.