The latest violent conflict between Israeli and Palestinian forces is bad and getting worse.
Israeli airstrikes killed eight members of a family, including five children, in a predawn raid on Gaza on Thursday, Palestinian officials told Reuters. The Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman puts the number killed in Gaza at more than 80, including at least 20 children. A family of eight was also killed in an Israeli strike on a house in Khan Younis, and a group of eight or nine teens were killed at a cafe while watching the World Cup.
According to Reuters, "Israel says it has struck more than 750 targets in an offensive intended to halt persistent rocket fire at its own civilian population, which escalated after Israeli forces arrested hundreds of Hamas activists in the occupied West Bank following the abduction of the Jewish teenagers."
Armed groups have continued to launch more rockets at Tel Aviv and other cities from the occupied territory. The Guardian reports that more than 400 rockets — with counts as high as 469 — have been fired from Gaza into Israel this week. Dozens have been intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system system; no injuries have been reported by Israeli officials so far.
The UN Security Council held a closed meeting Thursday morning to decide whether to issue a statement on the conflict.
The reports coming from the ground can only convey so much about the intensity of the conflict. Raw, amateur videos uploaded by both Israelis and Palestinians (and vetted by social media wire service Storyful) capture the day-to-day experience of the latest violent engagement.
1. Explosions rock Gaza City following Israeli air strikes.
Video Credit: YouTube/Jehad Saftawi via IMEU
This footage shows Israeli airstrikes hitting Gaza City at approximately 4:30 p.m. local time Tuesday .
2. Rockets fired from Gaza are intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome.
Video Credit: YouTube/7aswaka
This video show rocket fire from Gaza on Tuesday night. Earlier that day, air-raid sirens had gone off in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and a rocket hit Hadera.
3. Israeli air strike hits home of alleged Hamas leader.
Video Credit: YouTube/Khaled Abou Zidane
Israel struck targets Wednesday in the Gaza Strip as it ramped up its offensive, dubbed Operation Protective Edge. Reports claimed Israeli forces bombed the home of Ahmed Ghandour, an alleged top Hamas member in the northern Gaza Strip. This video is described as showing an airstrike on Ghandour's home.
4. Palestinian militant group releases footage of Gaza rocket launches.
Video Credit: YouTube/alquds Brigade
"The Al-Quds Brigade, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), released a video on July 9 which they say shows the launch of rockets from the Gaza Strip on southern Israel. The video shows a vehicle-mounted rocket launcher firing a number of rockets, though it is not possible to establish the date nor location of capture. The vehicle’s door is emblazoned with the Al-Quds Brigade's distinctive logo," the Belfast Telegraph reports.
5. Air strikes light up the night sky over Gaza.
Video Credit: Instagram/faresakram
This video, captured by a local journalist Fares Akram Al-Ghoul, shows airstrikes in the Gaza region in the early hours Thursday.
6. The Iron Dome intercepts more rockets in southern Israel.
Video Credit: YouTube/Yaakov Lappin
According to Storyful:
Israel’s Iron Dome defense system intercepted dozens of rockets fired by Hamas militants on July 7. The bombardment was reportedly triggered by IDF air strikes in the Gaza Strip, which killed nine militants in the early hours of Monday morning. Seven rockets were intercepted over Ashod and five over Netivot on Monday evening, according to local media reports. This footage captures air raid sirens sounding over Rehovot, where interceptions and explosions could be seen overhead.
Editor's Note: Feb. 12, 2015
An earlier version of this article cited and linked to Storyful via Yahoo, but did not include quotations around the phrase "Israel’s Iron Dome defense system intercepted dozens of rockets fired by Hamas militants on July 7. The bombardment was reportedly triggered by IDF air strikes in the Gaza Strip, which killed nine militants in the early hours of Monday morning. Seven rockets were intercepted over Ashod and five over Netivot on Monday evening, according to local media reports. This footage captures air raid sirens sounding over Rehovot, where interceptions and explosions could be seen overhead.” The story has been updated to fully attribute Storyful’s language.
Editor's Note: Mar. 5, 2015