In a devastating display of military power, Israel has launched a massive offensive on the Gaza Strip in response to the continued rocket attacks from militant groups in the region. The assault has had devastating implications for the civilian population in the Gaza Strip, with thousands of Palestinians fleeing south to escape the destruction. Already, homes have been destroyed, families displaced, and dozens of civilians killed in the conflict.
The offensive follows a long history of violence between Israel and Palestine, with various ceasefires and negotiations that have always been short-lived. This latest conflict has been described as the worst since the 2014 war, when over 2,000 Palestinians and 70 Israelis were killed.
Currently, the situation on the ground is dire. Hundreds of airstrikes have been launched on Gaza City in a night of terror, with the sound of explosions echoing across the city. With little to no protection, those living in the area have been left with little choice but to flee and seek shelter elsewhere.
With Israel’s overwhelming military force, it appears that nothing is left for the citizens of Gaza. Hospitals, schools, and mosques alike lie in ruins, alongside destroyed homes and businesses. International calls for restraint in the face of the offensive continue to go unanswered, and there appears to be no clear end to this latest wave of violence in hold.
Amidst this chaotic state of affairs, it is the civilians of Gaza who are bearing the brunt of the destruction. Thousands of Palestinians have already been displaced, while the death toll continues to rise. The impact of this latest conflict will be felt for years to come, and it is all but certain that nothing will be the same in the Gaza Strip.