If you are in the area or have someone in the area we’d like to speak to you about the Israel – Gaza conflict.
Tensions in Israel and along the Gaza strip are so bad right now that civil war has all but broken out. As we reported earlier today, Israel has declared a full scale assault on the area over claims that it was militants that actually started the violence by the use of rockets that entered the area. That remains unclear as the Israeli government’s credibility has been shot since Benjamin Netanyahu has been accused of high crimes and is on trial for such.
The BBC rounds up a startling numbers grid already. More than 43 Palestine’s are already dead with hundreds more believed to be suffering varying forms of injuries (including critical.) Local families have been the subject of warning alarms in the area for several days as Palestine officials are racing to remove people from their homes in an effort to protect them.
A large part of the conflict appears to surround the fact that Israel ‘s military has struck multiple residential buildings along the Gaza strip. The condition of those residential buildings remains unknown but local reports in the area indicate that the Palestine government notified residents in advance of the strikes and assisted them in evacuating. It is unclear how many more residential towers Israel may have hit during their strikes. The AP reports that Palestine is furious at the attacks particularly those targeting people’s homes in the area.
Since Hamas seized power from the Palestines in the area way back in 2007 both sides have engaged in at least three different wars. Multiple journalists in the area have described the situation as far worse than anything they’ve ever seen and it is widely expected to get far worse as the days go on. Israel maintains that it will continue its lethal attacks despite international condemnation demanding a ceasefire on both sides.
In the nearby area of Lod, the area remains under a state of emergency as the situation escalates.
What happened? How did we get here?
Multiple media outlets; locals in the area, and other organisations report that Hamas (the militant group that runs Gaza) is believed to have hit Israel with rocket launches on Monday (why exactly remains unclear at this time.) The rocket attacks were swiftly met with responses from Israel ‘s government; army, and Benjamin Netanyahu the country’s criminal prime minister.
The infamous police clashes, an explainer
We’ve learned that the conflict started in East Jerusalem after Israeli police raided a hilltop Muslim compound in East Jerusalem. The site is famously known as the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) by Muslims in the area. Initially much of the anger by Palestines was due to the fact that there was a major police presence on the hilltop (which is highly frowned upon) and then of course the evictions. In a nearby area, Muslims faced disproportionate evictions by Jewish people and the Israelis. Those evictions were apparently at the hands of Jewish locals although the Israeli government refused demands to intervene to make them stop.