War On Gaza: The Bare Facts
BY RANIA AL MALKY – : As the Israeli Defense Forces continue to pound residential areas, including a hospital in Gaza for the fifteenth day, Hamas has raked in the highest IDF death toll in the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years – Operation Protective Edge.
While in November 2012 during Operation Pillar Defense only six IDF soldiers were killed and before that in 2008-9 in the 22-day Operation Cast Lead only 13 Israelis we killed, this year during 15 days of fighting Hama has successfully targeted 26 soldiers with only 2 civilians killed in the crossfire.
Israel’s habitually disproportionate response to Hamas’s rocket fire has, according to the United Nation’s Occupied Palestinian Territory Gaza Emergency Situation Report as well as various other news reports, 618Palestinianshave been killed, 75 percent of them civilians including 147 children. In the past two days one child was killed every hour.
Over 3,500 were wounded during the conflict to date including 1,100 children and over 1,500 women.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been internally displaced and are currently seeking shelter in UNRWA schools.
A crisis in water supply for the Internally Dispersed Persons (IDPs) has reached a head with only three liters available per capita per day for both drinking and hygiene purposes. This is coupled with a debilitating electricity supply crisis following bombing of the Gaza Power Plant in an Israeli airstrike which mean that the majority of households have electricity for a mere four hours a day.