by Gabriele Micalizzi
Conflict in Gaza On the 8th of July 2014 Israel launched a military operation which it designated Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip. Since then seven weeks more than 2.000 people died under Israeli bombardment, Palestinian rochet attacks, kidnapping, execution and ground fighting; the most of them were Gaza’s inhabitant. At the end of August IDF (Israel Defense Force) reported that Hamas and other militant groups had fired 4.564 rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel, while the IDF attacked 5.263 targets in Gaza killing more than 2.000 Gazans and wounding more than 10.000 of them, about which around 70% the Gaza Health Ministry, UN and some human rights groups reported to be civilians. On the 5th of August OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) stated that 520.000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip might have been displaced, of whom 485.000 needed emergency food assistance. 17.200 Gazan homes were totally destroyed and 37.650 homes suffered damage but were still inhabitable while in Israel, an estimated 5.000 to 8.000 citizens temporarily fled their homes due to the threat of rocket and mortar attacks.