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One year since Gaza, a photo a day: August 4, 2014

A Palestinian child with a kite in front of the destroyed Al-Nada towers in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, August 4, 2014. The towers had 90 flats. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills)

A Palestinian child with a kite in front of the destroyed Al-Nada towers in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, August 4, 2014. The towers had 90 flats. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills)

This is part of a series of daily posts showing photos taken on the same date a year ago, during “Operation Protective Edge,” last summer’s assault on Gaza. Members of the ActiveStills collective documented what was happening at that time inside Gaza, Israel and the West Bank.

Most of the photos that we will publish here over the next month and a half were published on +972 in real time. The average Israeli news consumer, however, did not get the full picture of the death and destruction that was taking place in Gaza, or the popular resistance against the war taking place in the West Bank and Israel. For most Israelis, the Palestinian victims had neither names nor stories.

A year later, as tens of thousands of people in Gaza remain displaced, many without permanent shelter, and as thousands of wounded are still waiting for rehabilitation, we hope this project can help us all remember what happened last summer — told through the lenses of our cameras.

Photo editing: Keren Manor/Activestills

Also published on August 4, 2014:
Who are the Israelis refusing the call of Protective Edge?
PHOTO: In one bullet-riddled bathroom, a Gaza microcosm
PHOTOS: 10,000 hold anti-war march in Arab town
Dispatch from Gaza: In Al Shifa, doctors can’t keep up with the wounded

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    1. Pedro X

      “Inside Gaza, Hamas has booby-trapped hundreds of homes and installations with improvised bombs. One such IED killed three Israeli soldiers on Wednesday in a building labeled as an UNRWA clinic in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, where IDF soldiers were searching for a tunnel shaft. IDF’s Gaza Division commander, Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein, told journalists that in one Khan Younis street he encountered, 19 of the 28 homes were booby-trapped, ready to explode over IDF soldiers who enter them.

      The IDF says it was surprised by the extent of booby-trapping across the Gaza Strip.

      In addition, Hamas has also used suicide bombers and two booby-trapped donkeys to hit soldiers. It also owns old Russian SA-7 anti aircraft missiles and possibly more advanced anti-aircraft weaponry.”

      http://www.timesofisrael.com/from-tunnels-to-r-160s-a-primer-on-hamas-and-its-deadly-capabilities/

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    2. Pedro X

      972 keeps on telling the lie that Israelis did not know what was happening in Gaza:

      “The average Israeli news consumer, however, did not get the full picture of the death and destruction that was taking place in Gaza”

      The news providers had many articles on the destruction in Gaza. For instance Avi Issacharoff reported from Gaza on August 5, 2014. Here is part of his report:

      “The sheer destruction around us is devastating,” a battalion commander, Yoav, noted. “What’s most disturbing is that they [Hamas] operate from this urban environment, and the ones who suffer most are the civilians.”

      “The damage was evident all around us. Broken homes and crumbling walls, as army bulldozers dug relentlessly in a search for more sections of the tunnel”

      “the residents were nowhere to be seen. They had abandoned their homes and fled west, deeper into the city.”

      “Hamas has worked tirelessly in recent years to build up the tunnel infrastructure, with multiple entrance-ways that enable its gunmen to move quickly and undetected between private homes and streets and alleyways.”

      “An additional challenge is Hamas’s almost unthinkable decision to rig the homes of many residents in the Strip with explosives, aiming to collapse the structures upon Israeli soldiers.”

      “There was not a soul around except for soldiers. The neighborhood was desolate, bereft even of animals. Only shells of homes.”

      “Another one of those terror tunnels, but this one with a staircase that made it easier to descend into the belly of the earth. This tunnel leads from Gaza into Israeli territory, right near the kibbutz. The effort put into building it was clearly colossal.”

      “This time I’d seen “Gaza Underground.” Of the upper Gaza Strip I’d seen last time, not much remains.”

      http://www.timesofisrael.com/amid-the-tunnels-and-the-traps-of-hamass-militarized-gaza/

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