Palestinians declare a “day of rage” to coincide with the final Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. Israel responds with intensified attacks on Gaza. And there goes any hope for a ceasefire…
Last week, after 10,000 Palestinians protested on the West Bank, the Fatah political party called for Palestinians to have a day of rage in response to the shelling of a United Nations shelter that killed 16 people. Shells from Israeli tanks hit a UN school compound (where hundreds of Palestinians had come seeking shelter from the fighting) on Thursday in the Gaza Strip, leaving at least 15 dead and dozens more wounded.
Solution? Declare a day of rage and a fire a slew of rockets into Israel.
Isreali response? More air strikes!
After the so called day of rage, Israel intensified its bombardment of Gaza and warned of a long conflict ahead. Sixty airstrikes were carried out Tuesday targeting sites associated with Hamas, including one that hit the Gaza Strip’s only power plant. The power facility was forced to shut down, leaving Gazans, many of whom have been living with just a few hours of electrical supplies for the last three weeks, in a tricky situation. Hamas’ Al-Aqsa satellite-TV station was also damaged in the air strikes, along with government buildings and the home of a top Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh.
Palestinian officials now say 1,156 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the since the most recent fighting broke out on July 8 – and another 6,700 have been injured. Israel has lost 53 soldiers, three civilians, and shows no signs of stopping.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahau declared Monday: “We will continue to act aggressively and responsibly until the mission is completed to protect our citizens, soldiers, and children.”
The rest of Israel agrees. Recent polls say almost 90% of Israelis are in favour of the Gaza offensive.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry is desperately pushing for a ceasefire that both sides will agree on. Yeah, he’s going to be working on that one for a while…