The magic of social media has brought the conflict in Gaza onto our computer screens, and portable devices. Nearly a months of airstrikes and bombing along the strip populated by over 1 million people, broadened on Tuesday (July 29) shutting down power, sewage, and running water.
There’s no expected ceasefire in the works. Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the country will not end the battle “without neutralizing the tunnels,” and Hamas’ military leader announced that there is “no middle ground” between the sides.
Reports the New York Times:
The intensified assaults on the battle’s 22nd day came as diplomacy toward a cease-fire sputtered forward despite apparent confusion and mixed signals.
Israel’s military made clear it had widened the scope of the bombing campaign in Gaza to hit the political structures of Hamas and another militant group, Islamic Jihad, including the home of Ismael Haniya, the No. 2 Hamas official behind Khaled Meshal, its leader-in-exile in Qatar. But Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli military, said it was unclear whether Israel had been responsible for the debilitating strike on the power plant, where an enormous fire hurtled thick, black smoke skyward, visible for miles
Palestinian health officials in Gaza said at least 70 people were killed in the attacks on Tuesday, vaulting the death toll in the past three weeks to nearly 1,200. Fifty-three Israeli soldiers and three civilians on the Israeli side have been killed.
Farah Baker, a Palestinian teen has been live tweeting life in Gaza, giving the world an even closer viewpoint. Baker, 16, amassed more than 55,000 Twitter followers, using the social networking site, along with Vine, and Keek to chronicle the fear she lives in nightly.
On Monday (July 28) Baker’s photo from Gaza and the tweet, “This is in my area. I can’t stop crying. I might die tonight” was retweeted more than 12,000 times.
Her harrowing recount brings to mind the innocent victims on both sides of the Gaza conflict. It’s hard to conceptualize exactly what it’s like to live through war without being on the frontline, but Baker and others are giving the rest of the world a visual idea.
See photos from Gaza in the gallery below. Please be warned that some of the images are graphic.