Moataz Sukkar no longer runs to his home’s balcony in the Gaza Strip to welcome the year’s first autumn rain.
The Palestinian young man had to carry out an urgent chore after rainwater spread through the floor of his house: fix the fragile spread of nylon sheets and cloth rags he had installed to cover the roof after it was blown off by Israeli warplanes during the latter’s recently-ended devastating offensive on the coastal enclave.
As Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip comes close to 4 weeks, the official Palestinian death toll is 1,650 (over 200 more than were killed by Israel in Cast Lead) and 8,900 have been injured.
For many, this conflict makes no sense and Israel’s arguments that it is to stop rocket attacks is unconvincing. This brief update will provide an overview of the overwhelming death and destruction caused by Israel to the Gaza Strip, beginning with the context of the war.
Ministry of Health in Gaza Strip just requested everyone with any basic medical or health knowledge to immediately go to any hospital.
Protests against BBC coverage of Israeli military operation against the Palestinian refugee population in the Gaza strip are erupting across the UK, with thousands joining a call for fair, unbiased and contextual reporting of the events on the ground.
Saudi Arabian King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz has donated $53.3 million to the victims of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, the official Saudi news agency reported yesterday evening.
Speaking to the news agency, Saudi Financial Minister Ibrahim Bin Abdul-Aziz said: “This donation was specified to afford urgent medical needs and equipment needed for the treatment of the victims of the Israeli war on Gaza, which affected thousands of innocent people, including the disabled.”
In a pre-dawn attack on Saturday, Israeli warplanes targeted a charity association for the disabled. Three Palestinians were killed and several others were wounded.
Since the beginning of the Israeli war on Gaza, dubbed by Israel as “Operation Protective Edge”, Israel killed more than 170 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,200. Most of the casualties are civilians, with large numbers of children and women.
After a meeting of the Israeli security cabinet, Israeli leaders decided to continue and intensify the war on the Strip. They ignored a UN Security Council resolution calling for both sides to declare a ceasefire.
Israeli emergency services said that the number of Israeli casualties among, caused by Palestinian rockets, is 208, including 11 hit by shrapnel, 36 wounded as they were rushing to shelters, six wounded in car accidents as they heard the sirens and 151 suffered from panic attacks.
Some viewers may find contents of this video graphic. The Israeli military launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday (8 july), killing at least 10 Palestinians including two children.