Situation In Gaza Strip Remains Tense With Little Chances To Be De-Escalated Soon

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Situation In Gaza Strip Remains Tense With Little Chances To Be De-Escalated Soon

FILE IMAGE: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Protests have been happening for more than two months by Palestinians along the Gaza Strips. Their demands: to be allowed to return home and to have their lands returned after the expulsion from 70 years ago.

Since the beginning of the protests on March 30th, Israeli forces have wounded more than 15 000 people and have killed as many as 135 Palestinians, according to the health officials in Gaza.

The situation in recent months has gone from bad worse, mostly due to the US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinians are left to look for international support to stop what it sees as a destruction of its last hopes to defend their interests and to achieve statehood.

What makes the situation worse is that recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as well as the move of the US, Guatemala and the soon-to-follow Uruguay embassies to the city show the complete abandonment of the Palestine Cause. The US, Israel, Saudi Arabia among others seek their own agendas in the region, they do not always contribute to the stability and long-lasting peace. The US and Israel provide no solution or real offer, just demands in the form close to an ultimatum that has no hope of being welcomed.

During the escalation, after the March 30th Israel carried strikes on Gaza on April 27th, May 4th, May 5th, May 11th, followed by one of the largest incidents after the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel by the US. The most recent exchange happened on the July 14th when Israel sent an air raid and several rockets were targeted by Hamas at Israel.

On June 29th, Yasser Abu al-Naja, a 11-year-old boy who sustained a gunshot wound to the head was killed, announced by Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for Gaza’s health ministry. Mohammad Fawzi Hamaydeh, 24, was also killed by a shot to the abdomen and foot by Israeli Forces. There were 415 wounded, 11 of whom children, 3 cases of injuries were severe.

On the 15th consecutive Friday of Great March of Return a Palestinian man – 22-year-old  Mohammad Jamal Abu Halima was killed and 396 were injured, among whom were 13 children, fifty seven people were injured by live ammunition. The Palestinians marched on July 7th, Saturday to mourn the victim.

On July 9th Israel announced its decision to seal off trade border crossing. Hamas dubbed the decision a “crime” and a “death sentence” for Palestine traders. It is a crossing that was not only used as a trade route, but also as a way to deliver foreign aid to the Gaza Strip. The closing will, however, allow for humanitarian aid to move, stated Al Jazeera by confirmation from Gaza. The materials which will be refused entry will be clothing goods and construction materials. In the recent weeks Palestinians have protested against the land, naval and aerial block imposed by Israel and Egypt since 2006. This heavy strike on citizens of Gaza comes after Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority’s decision to impose financial sanctions on Gaza in an attempt to isolate Hamas, who currently run the Strip.

On July 14th, Israel sent air raids over al-Kateeba, Gaza in retaliation to rockets fired by Hamas with the biggest daytime assault on Gaza since 2014, killing two teenagers – Amir al-Nimra, 15, and Luay Kaheel, 16, who were playing on a rooftop – and wounding at least 30 people.

Following the attacks, thanks to international and regional mediation efforts an all-out war was avoided, and a ceasefire was established. Reports by Al Jazeera dub the ceasefire an Egypt-brokered one.

The ceasefire, however, is threatened and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu states that it may be lifted if Palestinian Protesters’ attacks with flaming kites which burn Israeli land do not end. Thousands of hectares of land were burned, however there have been no deaths.

As of the morning of July 16th the ceasefire seems to be holding, however anger and frustration seem to be increasing as the 12-year-long Gaza Strip siege does not show any signs of ending soon and threatens a renewal of an all-out war.

The recent launching of war games by Israel over the occupied territories may also be the spark of war, they began on July 15th, Sunday and are expected to continue throughout the entire week. According to the Walla news website, the drill is supposed to simulate the capture of Gaza City. United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) media adviser Adnan Abu Hasna said that the threat of a new Israeli war is more real than ever before since at this point denizens of the Gaza Strip “have nothing to lose.”

After the beginning of the war games, Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee came forward and said that Israel is “deliberately targeting and killing Palestinian children.” She also added that “”The targeting of public places and playgrounds constitutes a war crime and violates international law and international humanitarian law.” However, as the world turns its back on Palestine, Israel will continue its campaign of brutality and terrorism against the innocent, according to Ashrawi.

Human rights groups have claimed that Israel troops use excessive force, to which Israel responded that all actions it takes are in self-defense or against people who, disguised as demonstrators, aim to infiltrate their country.

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  • Rob

    Note: ISIS and ISrael are not states. US and Europe have created and funded them to take lands and Petrol from Middle East.

    • Thunder

      and their children and babes the future generations they are trying to terrorize and steal their lands JUST like they did to my fckn people on turtle island!!!

  • Rob

    Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan intervention is now extremely must to save Palestinians.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      hard to impossible, to save any one from itself and the stupidity that rules their lives and decision making…

      • Rob

        Where are you from?

        Don’t waste your time here.

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          where I am from is irrelevant. As to wasting my time here …….. you are not a qualified person, to tell me this, broken record.

          • Thunder

            it seems to me that your the only non qualified one here

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            what ever you say silent fart.

          • Thunder

            fck u slave been seeing your posts sos slave!!

          • Thunder

            only cowards or zionist trolls won’t put where they live or where they are from i knew you were a coward thinking he’s all that probably a white guy huh?

          • Tom Tom

            so you’re a racist.

  • Smaug

    The march of return has more in common with a prison riot than a protest.

    BTW, South Front. This article is way more stilted than I think you realize. You mention the allegations and criticisms of IDF efforts, fine, but you don’t mention Hamas’ frequent rocket attacks. You mention the tight controls on the flow of goods in and out of Gaza and the hefty economic problems that creates, fine, but don’t give people the impression that people are starving. No food, no Gazans. In fact I read of one issue in Israel where due to the fact that no one keeps track of where these trucks go after they cross the border it is certain the IDF and Hamas soldiers are regularly trading with each other and don’t even realize it.

    • Lena Jones

      Fuck you and your nauseating ‘Hamas’ excuse for committing war crimes on armed civilians. Israel is a terrorist klepto state and Hamas is a RESISTANCE GROUP!!!!! For all their faults, Hamas has more honor and dignity in its little fingernail that the whole of the jewish invaders combined!

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        haven’t you got tired fucking every one here, especially the ones you seem to hate? I dont agree with you about hamas having any honor, based on their history and with whom they went to bed with along the road.

        I agree with your assessment, about israel, but that every person around the world, already know it and is no need to prove it, or try to, with every breath you take.

        Shit is shit, no matter under what name it goes.

        • Lena Jones

          It’s NOT YOUR BUSINESS how many times I say ‘FU’ to people who deserve it, or whom the Palestinians choose for their resistance against the terrorist israelis.

          As it happens, ALL armed resistances are violent for a reason: THEY HAVE TO RESIST A BRUTAL AND VIOLENT OCCUPATION. The onus is on the evil occupier here NOT the occupied. I’m sick of people saying, ‘well I support the Palestinians but I don’t like Hamas’. No one is asking no one to ‘like’ Hamas – that’s not the issue here. Sure Hamas has made mistakes but so fucking what?!!! They’ve corrected their tread so what more do you want from them?! I personally do not align with their ‘lifestyle’ but by heck I totally support them as effective resistors to the jewish evil invaders of Historic Palestine. You won’t find me dissing on Hamas just because I don’t like their ‘lifestyle’ cuz what the heck does that have to do with their resistance to israel? They didn’t form to achieve pop-culture popularity, they formed to resist or else die. They’re native Palestinians and they have the inalienable right to resist their occupier by any means necessary. This is enshrined in the Geneva Conventions and applies to ALL people under occupation, INCLUDING the Palestinians.

          My powers of articulation can go either way: sweet or sour. You got a problem with my ‘sour’? FU then lol!

          Easy for you armchair warrior to say ‘stop ringing that israel bell’, but I happen to be a survivor of israel’s ‘Grapes of Wrath’ and I’ve personally seen the death and devastation that psychotic israel has dealt, not just the Palestinians, but the Lebanese and the Syrians too. Yes, for some of us, IT IS PERSONAL!

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            if you want to sound like a 2 cent whore that is your own problem, you are right. And honestly I dont give a sh*t about palestinians one way or another.

            As for your assumption of a armchair warrior, you just a cheap pussy who dont know her ass from second base, beside cursing and be 90% of the time unintelligent, like all cheap shit are, causing more harm than good but I put this to the ones who raise you and have forget to teach you manners.

            Now go fuck yourself . It is personal for some of us as well and have supported in very practical ways Syrians and at times Lebanese people, that for several years we give them shelter and safety and then turn around and told us in a very ugly way, thank you.

            learn to know whom you speak to, before shooting your ass, instead of using at least the single cell between your ears. So behave like a 2 cent whore all you like I just make a suggestion to you so you become more coherent. Obviously none teach you that and be intelligent so go ahead and be like a bitch on wheels you are blocked so I dont have to read what you write.

          • Lena Jones

            LOL you obviously know a lot about “2 cent whores”, you can’t say it enough times you love it so much!

            Dude, first you’re passive-aggressive in your attempted censorship of my free speech, then when I tell you to lay off, you totally wig out like a drunken sailor with filthy mouth LOL!

            Look at you all freaking triggered – tsk tsk.

            You say: “And honestly I dont give a sh*t about palestinians one way or another”.

            Well, I rest my case with your fake ‘support’ and humanism. You deserve every kick in the nuts you get in life, from me and from others whom you assault with your lies and fake sympathy.

            You block me? Your loss, little coward lol!

        • Thunder

          they know they must stand up against known cannibals!!yet they bravely stand their ground!!no you promitheas are a zionst weak ass slave who doesn’t have its own mind but that of its masters the fake jews!!now i know which side your on slave so fck off and go troll another site they have stood their ground to an evil group and any nay sayers are one of em you stupid fckn cowards r ruining the planets rep on the universal stage they think all you white folk as cowards child killers and rapists lets see shall we??

  • Rob

    Now Netanyahu has realized that Syria and Russia will take Golan Heights back definitely.

    Therefore, the child butcher Netanyahu highlighting the border of Golan Heights that this is ours while a week ago the border line was doted that they will take Daraa as well. LOL.

  • Karol Maksymowicz

    Paraguay, not Uruguay

    • Icarus Tanović

      Columbia soon to join.

  • Thunder

    NO no 64 borders or treaties they will just speak with forked tongue anyway just like they did to my people!!ALL fake jews gotta get the fck out!!and go back to whatever planet you fckn came from and leave the dark skinned folk alone!!

    • Thunder

      so tell me russia are you too these fake jews body guards??like that slave nation america is?do i have to go against all of you to free the children out there from these child killas??That call themselves ancient israelites??which are fckn not!!!!

  • kirby1

    NBC NEWS:

    Salah Bardawil, a senior Hamas official, told Palestinian news outlet Baladna TV that 50 out of the 60 who died on Monday were members of his organization, while the rest were civilians. Hamas won elections in 2006 and has run Gaza since the end of a violent power struggle the following year.

    Israel has long argued that Hamas has used the protests, which began on March 30, as cover to for terrorist attacks or attempts to infiltrate its border.

    The U.S. listed the head Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, as a specially designated global terrorist. Hamas has been responsible for an estimated 17 American lives killed in terrorist attacks.

    Enough said!!!

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    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Source provided by Haaretz from Jerusalem Post why don’t you go tell another poor sourced media lie, this story was old before it hit the press.

      • kirby1

        What three letters of NBC can you NOT READ.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          Al three Neurotic Bipolar Co-dependent that’s what it reminds me of all the time with idiot News prompter reading people like they have really shows Investigative Journalism is dead has been since JFK assassination.

          • Icarus Tanović

            Terra, you got to know and understand one thing. Zionists infected Gaza with wahhabism long ago.
            Same, exactly the same scenario as in other places. Syria, Yemen, Libya… And all over the World.