Swedish Radio Gaza correspondent Johan-Matthias Sommarström said that he had just returned from a day of reporting in Gaza City when the boy approached him outside his hotel on Thursday. "I am a journalist," the boy said.
"For me the picture is a powerful example of children's strong will to survive," Sommarström told Swedish Radio. "He has seen us journalists go in and out of the hotel, he has seen that we survive. I think that in his pretending play he wants to be like us, someone who survives."