Since the conflict began, Israel and Hamas have engaged in a bloody back and forth with Gaza in the middle. Once Israel declared Hamas-led Gaza an enemy, violence ensued on a devastating scale. Israel placed crippling restrictions on the Gaza Strip: it closed borders, imposed power cuts, and limited imports. In 2014, the battle gained frightening momentum as both sides blasted each other with rockets and bombs.
While short-term ceasefire agreements were reached over the years, peace in Gaza remained elusive. And the conflict is far from over. Today, some reports say this is the 10th consecutive day Gaza has been bombed by Israel. These attacks are apparently a response to Palestine having launched rockets into Israeli territory.
Gaza is perpetually stuck in the middle of this war – a war with no end in sight.
#GazaUnderAttack is currently trending on Twitter with thousands of tweets being published under the hashtag. According to Al Jazeera, only military targets have been struck as of yet. Gaza has been retaliating with “fire balloons” and rockets as Israel continues its nightly attacks. Israeli president has said that the use of fire balloons and kites is “terrorism just like any other” and that Hamas should expect heavy retaliation.
A broken economy, lack of water and electricity, no work for citizens: these are just some of the problems plaguing Gaza. Recently, however, attempts were being made to rejuvenate the Gaza Strip. The EU claims it provided more than 15 million euros in aid to support it during the covid-19 pandemic.
But no amount of aid can help Gaza if things continue to move downhill. On 12th August, Israel put a stop to fuel imports into Gaza after fire balloons were launched from the Strip into Israel. Power shortages were already a problem for people in Gaza. Now, as daily access to power has been cut down to only four hours per day, it is anybody’s guess how the region will cope.