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The tiny coastal enclave was part of historic Plaetine before Israel was created in 1948 and is one of the most densely populated places on earth and is home to approximately 1.7 million people. Three quarters of Gaza’s population are refugees who were expelled from the land that became Israel in 1948, and their descendants most of whom live in povertydue to Israel’s ongoing blockade and closure of the Strip’s borders.

Gaza was captured by Egypt during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and remained under Egyptian control until 1967, when Israel seized the remaining Palestinian territories in a war with the neighbouring Arab countries.

Although it is part of the Israeli-occupied territories, the Gaza Strip was severed from the West Bank and East Jerusalem when Israel was created. A range of Israeli restrictions has since been created that further compartmentalises the Palestinian territories.

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Gaza: A chronology of oppression


  • Under the 1947 United Nations partition plan that split Palestine apart, giving 52 percent to a Jewish state of Israel, the Gaza Strip was supposed to be part of the now-smaller Palestinian nation.


  • However, when the state of Israel was proclaimed on May 14, 1948, the Egyptian Army moved into Gaza and the territory became a magnet for Palestinians fleeing from all over.  Gaza was, as one refugee described it, the “Noah’s Ark” of a lost Palestine.
  • One in four Palestinians from the former British-governed Palestine thus took refuge in a strip of land that represented just 1 percent of its land area. Seen another way, 200,000 refugees were packed into a territory previously inhabited by just 80,000 Palestinians. (The proportion is about the same today: 1.2 million refugees out of a population of 1.8 million.)
  • During Israel’s Six-Day War against its Arab neighbors in June 1967, Gaza was invaded by the Jewish army and the surrendering Egyptians were soon evacuated. Some 8,000 Israeli settlers moved in.
  • In December 1987, a Palestinian generation born and raised under two decades of occupation found in its frustration the energy for an unprecedented intifada (the “First Intifada”), or uprising. The cradle of this uprising was the Gaza Strip, although it soon spread to the West Bank. (A Second Intifada, also known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada, began September 2000, when Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount with hundreds of soldiers, seen by Palestinians as highly provocative. Palestinian protesters were dispersed by the Israeli army, using tear gas and rubber bullet.)
  • The Second Intifada did not wind down until 2005, when the Israeli cabinet also directed the withdrawal of its military forces and 8.000 settlers from Gaza. The pull-out was part of a unilateral disengagement plan that allowed Israel to attack the Strip with less caution, as well as provide cover for settlement expansion in the West Bank. However, Israel continued a virtual occupation through total control of its crossings in and out of Gaza.
  • In January 2006, Israel and the United States pushed for Palestinian elections, and were surprised when the Hamas movement won control of the Palestinian legislative council. In retaliation for the victory of what they considered “terrorists,” Israeli authorities imprisoned many of the moderate members of Hamas who had run for office (including 28 still in prison today). In June of that year, Hamas operatives captured Israeli solider Gilad Shalit, saying he would not be released until female and under-age Palestinian political prisoners were freed. (A deal for Shalit’s release was not finalized until 2011.)
  • Meanwhile, as documented in Vanity Fair magazine, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice forbade the Palestinian Authority from forming a unity government (threatening a total cutoff of aid), then armed a faction of Fatah forces to prevent Hamas from assuming leadership. Hamas pre-empted the “coup” and in 2007, expelled the Palestinian Authority from Gaza. In retaliation, Israel imposed a blockade on the movement of goods and human traffic in and out of Gaza that has continues today. As a direct result, the Strip’s 1.8 million population has been plunged into poverty and conflicts erupt regularly as attempts to enforce international law against collective punishment fail and resistance turns violent.
  • In the first of three wars on Gaza, Israeli forces invaded the Strip on Dec. 27, 2008, calling it “Operation Cast Lead.” Six months previously, Israel had negotiated a ceasefire with Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in Gaza. Under the agreement, both sides agreed to stop hostilities across the Green Line, the de facto border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. And, despite minor violations by both sides, the truce was largely successful. That is, until Nov. 4, 2008, when Israeli soldiers staged a raid into the Strip, killing six members of Hamas. The attack, which took place on the eve of the U.S. presidential elections, ended the ceasefire. Over the course of 22 days, 13 Israelis, including 10 soldiers, were killed, while more than 1,300 Palestinians were killed and 5,500 injured. In addition, 4,000 buildings were destroyed and 20,000 damaged throughout the Gaza Strip. On Jan. 18, 2009, under enormous international pressure and just two days before Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States, Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire and withdrew its forces from Gaza. Palestinian armed groups followed with a separate unilateral ceasefire.
  • The second major assault, called Operation Pillar of Defense by Israel, came on Nov. 14, 2012. Triggered by the Israeli killing of Ahmed Jabari, chief of the Gaza military wing of Hamas, it lasted eight days. Four Israeli civilians and two soldiers were killed by Palestinian rocket attacks, compared to 158 Palestinians, including 102 civilians – of which 30 were children and 13 were women.
  • The most recent war, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” by Israel, was the most devastating – lasting 50 days (or 51, depending on when you start the clock). After the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations stalled, Fatah moved toward reconciliation with Hamas in Gaza, and the two factions formed a Palestinian consensus government in early June of 2014. Meanwhile, Israel blamed Hamas for the June 12 kidnapping of three teenage settlers in the occupied West Bank and conducted massive arrests. Rocket fire from Gaza increased in protest. When the youth's bodies were found on July 1, Israel warned that Hamas "would pay" for their deaths.  Its massive assault began July 8, 2014, with extensive air raids and artillery strikes. On July 17, the Israeli military launched a ground invasion. It is estimated that 2,191Palestinians killed (1,473 of whom were civilians) and 11,000 were wounded.
  • According to the UN, 18,000 housing units were totally destroyed or severely damaged by Israeli attacks during the summer 2014 war, leaving approximately 108,000 of Gaza’s 1.8 million Palestinians homeless. This is in addition to the 12,000 Palestinians still displaced from Israel’s 2008-09 assault. At the peak of Israel’s war, an estimated 485,000 people (approximately 28 percent of Gaza’s population) were displaced. And then there is the extensive damage to Gaza’s infrastructure (such as the power supply), commercial enterprises (419 businesses were damaged and 128 totally destroyed) and civic institutions (for example, 22 schools were destroyed and 118 damaged).
  • Today, months after the Aug. 26 ceasefire, almost no reconstruction has occurred, and Israel violates the terms of the truce almost daily – shooting at farmers who venture into the “buffer zone” along Gaza’s border with Israel, as well as fishermen who try to sail more than five miles out. The world is looking away, and we must refocus its attention



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Unexploded bombs in Gaza: The pain that remains

The explosive remnants of Israeli-dropped bombs on Gaza pose a serious threat to the lives of Palestinians across the besieged enclave.

In June, 9-year-old Obaida al-Dahdouh found some shrapnel while playing in his family’s yard. When he dropped it, it exploded and killed him

Father tells his story here
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Gaza bombed 7th time


Gaza NOw in English (@gazanowen) • Instagram photos and videos

This occupying Israeli soldier behind the wall is shooting indiscriminately and intensely towards civilians in Gaza.
A Palestinian youth came and shot the soldier with his personal pistol in response to the shooting of civilians.
Dozens of children were injured today

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On 8/25/2021 at 8:27 AM, ummtaalib said:



The "Million March" begins today (Wednesday 25 August) at 4.30 PM

Its either

"Breaking the sige or the explosion"

Enough is enough!!

غزة الآن - Gaza Now (@gazanow) • Instagram photos and videos




Ministry of Health: 14 Palestinians Injured at Gaza protest, 5 shot with live rounds


Fourteen Palestinians were shot, Wednesday, by Israeli forces, while drones dropped teargas canisters at those gathered at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, the Jerusalem Press reported.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, as of Wednesday evening 14 people were shot and wounded as they assembled east of Khan Younis, in the southern besieged Gaza Strip.

The Ministry added that 5 were shot with live rounds, suffering moderate injuries; 2 were shot with rubber-coated steel rounds; and 7 were struck with teargas canisters.

Quds Press’s correspondent said that the soldiers, stationed along the security fence stood behind earth mounds, far away from the protestors

Medical sources also stated that the numbers may not be conclusive, due to the continued shooting and evacuation of the injured to hospital.

Quds (Jerusalem) Press reported that thousands of Palestinians gathered at the mass rally, called for by different political factions in Gaza.

On Saturday, Israeli forces opened fire at protestors east of Gaza city injuring 41 people, while one soldier was injured by a Palestinian protestor with a handgun.


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The child Omar Abu Annil (12) succumbed today to wounds sustained by an Israeli sniper during the anti-blockade protests at the Gaza border

Abu Al-Nil is the second Palestinian to be shot dead in the same march, as the death of the young man, Osama Deaij, was announced two days ago


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on its Twitter account mourned the child Omar Hasan Abul Nil (12 years old), who was seriously wounded last week by Israeli snipers and died this morning.

The UNICEF, however, refrained from naming the killers or mentioning that the Israeli army and its snipers, stationed along the borders between Gaza and 1948-occupied territories, were directly responsible for the murder of the child.

“Tragically this Palestinian boy, who was shot at the Gaza security fence last week, has died.


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(This was last night)


Israeli airstrikes on Gaza were reported early Sunday.

Strikes hit a location used by Hamas' armed wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, and a farm, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter, citing witnesses.

Palestinian authorities did not comment about if the strikes caused any casualties.

Israeli said it targeted a training field and arms production facility belong to Hamas in response to fire balloons sent to its territory from Gaza.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported earlier Saturday that an Israeli attack on Gazans demonstrating a blockade against Gaza injured 11 protestors.


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