Gaza Strip Civilian Life Shattered as Israel Immobilizes Hamas Militants

Gaza Strip

Civilian life in the Gaza Strip is being shattered as Israel immobilizes Hamas militants throughout the region. The death tolls of Palestinian people living in the zone continue to rise drastically.  Since Israel’s ground invasion began on July 17 at least 117 Palestinians have been killed and more than a thousand injured.

Most recently an Israeli tanker struck a UN school and refugee camp housing hundreds of Palestinian people. Sources said the latest attack by Israel left 15 dead and 90 injured. Meanwhile, human rights groups are becoming more frantic as Palestinian health officials report that mostly small children were harmed in the deadly attack.

Israeli representatives said Israel is trying to get a foothold on the war campaign that was first started by Hamas militants in Gaza Strip. The decision to attack the UN school was controlled by Israeli troops, who believed Hamas militants were firing weapons from inside the school and using the local safe zone setting as a hideaway.

However, Israel’s reinforcement of ground assaults is seen by many international observers as a desperate action to force Hamas militants to turn back from invading Israel. The inhumane violations derived from Israel’s latest attacks on the region’s residents are unjustified in the eyes of the public media as well. Many reports denote that the current operation can only be described as a war strategy that unloads shells and mortar on innocent children, since most of the insurgents have gone into hiding.

Contributing to the shattering of ordinary civilian life in the Israel immobilization of Hamas militants, Israeli military units are disabling media stations, and other means of social communications throughout the Gaza Strip. The central electric power company was also recently destroyed leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power or sewage treatment.

Because of the increasing dangers to civilians, many national observers are calling for “an unconditional ceasefire.” In a recent statement Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas of starting the first series of aerial attacks aimed at Israel.  PM Netanyahu said he is “prepared for a prolonged war campaign” although after Israel ‘s counteroffensive strategies Hamas has lost much of their stronghold.

Since the battle began last April there have been 1,300 Palestinian deaths and 6,000 Palestinian injuries. The Palestine-Israeli conflict resulted from the Hamas-related kidnapping of three Israeli teens. Sources declared the teens were kidnapped from Israel and brought to the West Bank, where they were later murdered after several days. Palestinian radio stations broadcast the entire event in vivid details on frequency signals that went as far as Egypt and into many cities in Israel. As a result Israel security was alerted that Hamas militants had claimed responsibility for the killings.

Days later Israel made its preliminary ground invasion into the region, seeking to arrest Hamas militants and other affiliates associated with the killings of the three Israeli teens. Throughout the operation sting protests erupted and Israeli troops were forced to retreat.

Although eyewitnesses conclude that Israeli troops were searching for Hamas gunmen when they attacked the UN school, Gaza Strip civilian life continues to be shattered by Israel’s attempts to immobilize the Hamas militants. While  tensions have slightly eased after a three-day truce was agreed upon, UN advisors are on standby and ready to communicate with both sides in hopes of developing a much longer diplomatic nonviolent resolution.

By Kimakra Nealy
Washington Post
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