Frédéric Sautereau

Gaza : Was it worth a war ?

Over 1,300 Palestinians dead. Among those that were killed, 315 were children. More than 5,000 civilians injured. 4,000 homes destroyed and 17,000 severely damaged. 

Schools, universities and mosques were crushed by bombs in the wake of the three- week long Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip.
Civilians and investigators of various Human Rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, witnessed and denounced the Israeli Army for committing war crimes.
These organizations also blame Hamas for using some families as "human shields" and forcing civilians to stay in their homes despite the intensive bombings.
Israel’s stated goals were not fulfilled with this war. 
Hamas still holds a tight grip over the Gaza Strip. Palestinian activists continue to smuggle in weapons from Egypt to Rafah through tunnels despite bombings, which remain the sole hope for these populations to receive water, food and oil supplies.
And Qassam rockets are still shot into Israel even after the declared ceasefire of the Gaza War in January 2009.
To date, 14 Israelis have been killed by these rockets since 2001 and up to the beginning of the Israeli offensive. 


January 2009.

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