Gaze at Gaza, two years after Israel's last attack

Published July 10th, 2016 - 06:22 GMT

Last Friday marked the second anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s military siege on Gaza. The benign-sounding offensive caused catastrophic carnage - killing more than 2,100 Palestinians. It destroyed schools, hospitals, places of worship, and damaged half a million homes.

Two years after the 50-day war, not much has changed. Reconstruction is painfully slow. Only 10 percent of the 11,000 fully destroyed homes have been rebuilt. World leaders pledged $3.5 BIL towards reconstruction, now thwarted by Israeli restrictions on critical building materials entering Gaza. A coalition of top-tier NGOs urged Israel to lift its blockade of the impoverished ‘Strip’, an unsuccessful pitch. 

Gaza remains on its knees.  Help wanted.  Everyone need apply.

 

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IDF murdered Gazan civilians

Israel's onslaught on Gaza in the summer of 2014 killed 2,200 Palestinians. As per United Nations figures, 72 percent were civilians, of whom 35 percent were women and kids. To put the offensive into perspective, consider that 73 Israelis died during the military operation, of whom seven were civilians.

Bombed Gazan hospital

More than 10,000 people were wounded, some while already in Gazan hospitals being treated for conditions unrelated to war. In serious violation of international humanitarian law, the Israeli Defense Force damaged or destroyed civilian "safe places' including 17 hospitals, 45 ambulances, and 56 primary healthcare facilities.

homeless gazans

More than 520,000 people were displaced from their homes (against a total population of 1.8 million, as per World Bank figures for 2014). The UN calculated that more than 120,000 homes were at least partly damaged, while 20,000 were left totally uninhabitable. Gazans can only leave Gaza with Israeli permission, nearly impossible to obtain.

Gazan school

Ziad Thabet, from Gaza's education ministry, told Al Jazeera that IDF bombs damaged 187 government schools, including 85 run by UNRWA. Three schools were totally destroyed. Rebuilding stalled due to Israeli restrictions on material imports. As a result, about 94 percent of Gaza's schools have been operating on double-shifts.

Gazan school

School laboratories and libraries were destroyed. During winter storms, teachers draped tarps over broken walls, but rain still lashed classrooms, and strong winds whipped through glassless windows. Gazan authorities have been unable to consistently pay teachers' salaries. Bear in mind that half of the population are children.

Gazan mosque destroyed

Israeli drones pummeled Palestine’s ancient cultural heritage in Gaza. Mosques dating back to the first Islamic caliphs, the Ottoman Empire and the Mamluk Sultanate were heavily shelled. Bombs damaged 203 mosques, destroying 73 completely. Two churches were also damaged, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs.

Gazan cemetery

Even Gaza's dead were not safe from Operation Protective Edge. The Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction said Israel's military offensive caused $40.4 million worth of damages to Gazan cemeteries and sacred sites.

Two years on, Israeli bombs are still maiming and killing Gazans. Unexploded bombs from the 2014 attacks have claimed at least 6 lives - including two journalists - and caused over 60 injuries. The explosives engineering division in Gaza's Ministry of Interior has destroyed nearly five tonnes of unexploded Israeli bombs. Work continues.

Two years on, Israeli bombs are still maiming and killing Gazans. Unexploded bombs from the 2014 attacks have claimed at least 6 lives - including two journalists - and caused over 60 injuries. The explosives engineering division in Gaza's Ministry of Interior has destroyed nearly five tonnes of unexploded Israeli bombs. Work continues.

gazan orphans

According to UN statistics, there are now 1,500 new orphans in the Gaza Strip as a result of Operation Protective Edge. Most live with extended families. Gaza City's only orphanage - the 60 year old al-Amal Institute for Orphans - takes only the neediest children. Its population has doubled since the 2014 war.

free gaza demonstration

What can you do to make a positive difference? Participate in a peaceful protest to end the illegal occupation of Palestine, and speak up on social media. Write letters to politicians. Donate to reputable charities (Google your way to the best), and support peace building initiatives. Take action.

IDF murdered Gazan civilians
Bombed Gazan hospital
homeless gazans
Gazan school
Gazan school
Gazan mosque destroyed
Gazan cemetery
Two years on, Israeli bombs are still maiming and killing Gazans. Unexploded bombs from the 2014 attacks have claimed at least 6 lives - including two journalists - and caused over 60 injuries. The explosives engineering division in Gaza's Ministry of Interior has destroyed nearly five tonnes of unexploded Israeli bombs. Work continues.
gazan orphans
free gaza demonstration
IDF murdered Gazan civilians
Israel's onslaught on Gaza in the summer of 2014 killed 2,200 Palestinians. As per United Nations figures, 72 percent were civilians, of whom 35 percent were women and kids. To put the offensive into perspective, consider that 73 Israelis died during the military operation, of whom seven were civilians.
Bombed Gazan hospital
More than 10,000 people were wounded, some while already in Gazan hospitals being treated for conditions unrelated to war. In serious violation of international humanitarian law, the Israeli Defense Force damaged or destroyed civilian "safe places' including 17 hospitals, 45 ambulances, and 56 primary healthcare facilities.
homeless gazans
More than 520,000 people were displaced from their homes (against a total population of 1.8 million, as per World Bank figures for 2014). The UN calculated that more than 120,000 homes were at least partly damaged, while 20,000 were left totally uninhabitable. Gazans can only leave Gaza with Israeli permission, nearly impossible to obtain.
Gazan school
Ziad Thabet, from Gaza's education ministry, told Al Jazeera that IDF bombs damaged 187 government schools, including 85 run by UNRWA. Three schools were totally destroyed. Rebuilding stalled due to Israeli restrictions on material imports. As a result, about 94 percent of Gaza's schools have been operating on double-shifts.
Gazan school
School laboratories and libraries were destroyed. During winter storms, teachers draped tarps over broken walls, but rain still lashed classrooms, and strong winds whipped through glassless windows. Gazan authorities have been unable to consistently pay teachers' salaries. Bear in mind that half of the population are children.
Gazan mosque destroyed
Israeli drones pummeled Palestine’s ancient cultural heritage in Gaza. Mosques dating back to the first Islamic caliphs, the Ottoman Empire and the Mamluk Sultanate were heavily shelled. Bombs damaged 203 mosques, destroying 73 completely. Two churches were also damaged, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs.
Gazan cemetery
Even Gaza's dead were not safe from Operation Protective Edge. The Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction said Israel's military offensive caused $40.4 million worth of damages to Gazan cemeteries and sacred sites.
Two years on, Israeli bombs are still maiming and killing Gazans. Unexploded bombs from the 2014 attacks have claimed at least 6 lives - including two journalists - and caused over 60 injuries. The explosives engineering division in Gaza's Ministry of Interior has destroyed nearly five tonnes of unexploded Israeli bombs. Work continues.
Two years on, Israeli bombs are still maiming and killing Gazans. Unexploded bombs from the 2014 attacks have claimed at least 6 lives - including two journalists - and caused over 60 injuries. The explosives engineering division in Gaza's Ministry of Interior has destroyed nearly five tonnes of unexploded Israeli bombs. Work continues.
gazan orphans
According to UN statistics, there are now 1,500 new orphans in the Gaza Strip as a result of Operation Protective Edge. Most live with extended families. Gaza City's only orphanage - the 60 year old al-Amal Institute for Orphans - takes only the neediest children. Its population has doubled since the 2014 war.
free gaza demonstration
What can you do to make a positive difference? Participate in a peaceful protest to end the illegal occupation of Palestine, and speak up on social media. Write letters to politicians. Donate to reputable charities (Google your way to the best), and support peace building initiatives. Take action.

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