Mapping the Human Cost in Gaza

Mapping the Human Cost in Gaza

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In recent news by BBC, more than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed and 450,000 have been forced to leave their homes since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza on 8 July.

Some 61 Israeli soldiers have also died in the operation to combat thousands of rockets strikes on Israel by the militant Islamist group Hamas.

The campaign intensified on 17 July when ground troops from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) entered Gaza to destroy the tunnels which are used to launch attacks on Israel.

The Palestinian fatalities, most of them civilian, have been spread across the densely-populated Gaza Strip, all parts of which are affected by the conflict.

The northern town of Beit Hanoun now lies completely within a three-kilometre “buffer zone”, enforced by the Israeli military.

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Satellite images taken 19 days apart show buildings destroyed and damaged, elsewhere in Beit Hanoun.

The UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) said Israel had been given the co-ordinates of the school 17 times with the message that it was housing displaced people.

The Israeli military said in a statement that its forces had been responding to mortar fire by militants. They are investigating the incident.

According to Israel, Hamas deliberately hides weapons and rocket launch sites in and around homes, hospitals and mosques, putting civilians at risk.

UN staff have discovered rockets hidden in three of their installations and Unrwa has received reports of armed groups launching attacks from near humanitarian facilities.

In the suburb of Shejaiya, seven IDF soldiers were killed in a single attack on their armoured vehicle.

A map of six of the 32 tunnels which the IDF says it has found in Gaza

A map of six of the 32 tunnels which the IDF says it has found in Gaza

Gaza City receives approximately two hours of electricity per day and, like the rest of Gaza, is struggling to get enough water for its population of more than half a million.

A key aim of the Israeli operation is to destroy tunnels dug under Gaza which are used to attack troops and towns in Israel.

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