At 3.35 today Gaza started shaking; the Israeli occupation army started a new military offensive on the Gaza Strip, which they codenamed “Pillar of Defense”. A series of airstrikes hit Gaza city, Khan Younis and other places across the Gaza Strip. Ahmad al-Jabari, the leader of Hamas’ Al Qassam brigades, and his deputy were assassinated in one of the first airstrikes of today. In response Hamas said Israel had “opened the gates of hell”; several armed groups fired home made rockets, grad-style rockets and mortars towards Israel.
Since this afternoon more than 35 Israeli airstrikes have targeted streets, homes, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad sites. At least 7 Palestinians have been killed, of whom 2 children and 1 baby, and nearly 70 have been injured. The numbers are rising as these words are written down.
The people in Gaza can only guess what will come next in this operation. For the Israeli army this is a remote controlled war, waged through drones, apaches, F16s and gunboats. For civilians across the entire Gaza Strip it is a living hell from which they, living in the largest open air prison in the world, cannot escape.
Tonight, Gaza continues to shake…