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By Mohammed Omer

Operation protecting area, introduced in early July 2014, used to be the 3rd significant Israeli attack at the Gaza Strip in six years. It used to be additionally the main lethal. by means of the belief of hostilities a few seven weeks later, 2,200 of Gaza’s inhabitants were killed, and greater than 10,000 injured.

In those pages, journalist Mohammed Omer, a resident of Gaza who lived in the course of the terror of these days together with his spouse after which three-month-old son, presents a first-hand account of lifestyles on-the-ground in the course of Israel’s attack. the photographs he documents during this amazing chronicle are a literary similar of Goya’s “Disasters of War”: children’s corpses filled into vegetable fridges, pointlessly as the electrical energy is off; a kin dashing out in their domestic after a telephone name from the Israeli army informs them that the construction can be obliterated via an F-16 missile in 3 mins; donkeys machine-gunned via Israeli squaddies below directions to shoot whatever that strikes; graveyards unique with shells in order that mourners can not inform the place their kin are buried; fishing boats ablaze within the harbor.

Throughout this carnage, Omer continues the cool detachment of the pro journalist, decided to create an exact list of what's taking place in entrance of him. yet among his traces the outrage boils, and we're left to ask yourself how a society similar to Israel, widely-praised within the West as democratic and civilized, can stopover at such monstrosities on a trapped and helpless inhabitants.

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Deena compensates for her elective confinement by staring at the city from her large window. The view gives little comfort: the scars of war are everywhere to be seen. Even as the bombs stop falling, their hiss is replaced by the wailing of ambulance sirens, which eventually give way to the sounds of bombs and drones once again. They prevent her from sleeping and thinking of happier times. indd 50 10/28/15 11:51 AM Psychological warfare intensifies in Israel–Hamas conflict Israeli psy-ops tactics, such as false air strike warnings and leaflet campaigns, have in this conflict been met by Hamas’ own efforts in satellite TV and social media NUSEIRAT CAMP, GAZA —When the neighbors of Khaled Abu Zayed received a phone call from an Israeli automated machine saying that their home in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza was to be bombed and they must evacuate, he ran outside in his underwear, screaming that Israeli F-16s were about to strike their home.

Indd 63 10/28/15 11:51 AM Palestinians fear “no place is safe” in Gaza Locals furious over bombing of residential homes that Israel insists are military targets GAZA CITY—Khader Khader had less than one minute to evacuate his home. At 7 am on Friday, the 55-year-old was sleeping under the staircase with his five children when he heard his neighbor scream, “Dr. Khader, evacuate! ” At that moment, Khader’s seven-year-old son, Mohammed, tucked his tiny fingers into his father’s trousers and froze, unable to move.

Rockets have chemicals and poisonous materials, and it’s vital for international groups to come and examine the evidence,” said Mohammed al-Jamal of the Palestinian Human Rights Defenders network. indd 34 10/28/15 11:51 AM SHELL-SHOCKED 35 One major difference between Israel’s current offensive on Gaza and others in 2008 and 2012, al-Jamal said, are this week’s timing of Israel’s bombings at night, which he said are meant to maximize the number of casualties. Several Gazans have told the Middle East Eye that air strikes this week have seemed to increase in frequency during iftar, the evening meal during Ramadan that breaks one’s fast.

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