Gaza walls

Federico Scoppa

The Israeli military campaign known as “Operation Protective Edge” was launched against the Gaza Strip in July 2014, destroying thousands of homes, scores of hospitals and medical facilities and six schools run by the United Nations. During the operation Gaza’s only power station was razed to the ground. A total of 2,200 Palestinians were killed (70 percent of the dead were civilians) while the 71 Israeli fatalities included 66 Israeli soldiers and five civilians. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) at least 100,000 Palestinians lost their homes and thousands of buildings were left uninhabitable. Nevertheless many people have returned to their ruined homes and tried to make them livable, for instance using towels, blankets and mats in place of missing doors and windows.

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