Reuters – A modern-day Samson is performing feats of physical strength in Gaza.
Baraka, who prefers to be known as “The Incredible”, perhaps because he lacks the original Samson’s long hair, has been putting on displays in his hometown of Deir al-Balah for the past two years, earning a reputation as the strongest man in the Gaza Strip.
“I was confident there was power inside me and I started to develop it,” said the body-builder and hotel management student.
Traffic came to a halt in Deir al-Balah during the weekend performance as motorists and children on their way to school stopped to watch Baraka tow the yellow fuel truck. As an encore, he dragged a water tanker by his teeth for about 50 meters (yards).
Baraka also wowed his audience by lying on his back and having knives dropped on his bare stomach from a height of one meter (three feet). Some friends used hammers to shatter bricks placed on his chest.
“At the beginning, some people believed in him, others had their doubts – but everyone was amazed,” said his father, Kamal, a philosophy teacher. “Mohammad’s power is hidden inside him, it has nothing to do with muscles and training.”