The deadly round of fighting between Israel and militant forces in Gaza Strip that erupted over the weekend has quieted. On Monday, the Israeli military lifted civilian restrictions. The violence, which reportedly began on Friday after two Israeli soldiers were shot and wounded by militants, is the worst fighting to break out between Israelis and Palestinians since war in
The Gaza Strip is unusual in being a densely settled area not recognized as a de jure part of any extant country. The Gaza Strip is situated on a relatively flat coastal plain. The area receives an average of about 12 inches mm of precipitation annually.
Daniel Estrin. Families and friends enjoy their time on a Gaza City beach. Israel allows in international aid workers, journalists and diplomats, but tourists are prohibited.
Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket toward southern Israel on Wednesday night, the army said, prompting a retaliatory Israeli raid. The projectile failed to cross the border and landed inside the enclave, according to the Israel Defense Forces. No injuries were reported on either side. The attack interrupted a night-time swimming event that the community was hosting at the time, sending dozens of children rushing to bomb shelters.
Every Friday since March 30, large and small groups of protesters approach the border fence under the watch of Israeli soldiers on the other side. Every Friday, Palestinians set tires ablaze, fly Palestinian flags, and chant slogans. Sometimes they throw rocks, fly incendiary kites to set fields ablaze, or lob tear-gas canisters over the fence—and sometimes they attack the fence itself with bolt cutters and hatchets.
Gaza and the West Bank are claimed by the State of Palestine. The territories of Gaza and the West Bank are separated from each other by Israeli territory. Both fell under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority but Gaza has since June been governed by Hamasa Palestinian Islamic organization  which came to power in free elections in
The Strip remains deeply isolatedwhile the Islamist terrorist group Hamas's continued control over the territory has dissuaded donors from aiding in the area's post-conflict reconstruction. Last week, two rockets were fired at Israel from the Strip; the Israelis responded by destroying a Hamas training camp. But today, material for the construction of a Coca Cola plant was allowed to enter the territorysignaling that economic opportunities might slowly rebound as wartime tensions recede. Business Insider visited the coastal Strip in November.
Dark times have befallen the people of the Gaza Strip, a Detroit-sized area of land that is at the center of some of the most devastating, heated Israeli-Palestinian clashes in the world. While the Israel-Gaza conflict is unfortunately not a new one, recent developments have sent tensions soaring even higher than before, as Israel continues to launch airstrikes into densely packed cities and neighborhoods filled predominantly with civilians. In the past couple of weeks alone, Israeli airstrikes have hit mosques, hospitals, and even schools.
A Hamas spokesman claimed Saturday that Israeli strikes on targets linked to the terror group following rocket fire from the Gaza Strip were meant to distract from recent violence in the West Bank. The military said it struck two underground sites belonging to Hamas overnight after a rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel. The rocket, which set off sirens in a number of southern communities, was intercepted by Iron Dome defense system. His comments came a day after two Israeli teenagers were injured in a car-ramming attack in the West Bank and over a week after a yeshiva student was stabbed to death by terrorists outside a nearby settlement.