Gaza – One Year On

by | Jul 25, 2015 | Justice Archive, Trócaire, ZZ_All

This Trócaire video highlights the lack of accountability for the loss of life, including hundreds of children, in Gaza last year and the struggle to rebuild.

One Year On

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One year ago, the Gaza strip was ravaged by an Israeli military operation (‘Protective Edge’) that lasted 50 days. This hugely disproportionate conflict saw the Gaza strip devastated, with entire neighbourhoods left in ruins.

Over 1,400 Palestinian civilians were killed, and a third of them were children. Six Israeli civilians were also killed by Palestinian militant rocket fire.

Today, over 100,000 people still remain displaced in Gaza – living in temporary accommodation, with extended families or at UN schools.

Not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt in Gaza in the last 12 months.

Due to an economic blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt, less than 1% of the construction materials required to rebuild and repair houses destroyed and damaged during the 2014, and previous hostilities, have so far entered Gaza.

The UN has said “the extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come”.

Trócaire has been responding on the ground in Gaza over the last year, providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable communities including providing medical supplies, food and blankets and providing counselling to traumatised victims.

We are also working with human rights organisations to provide legal aid to affected families in their search for justice, and are working with both Israelis and Palestinians to build a long term peace based on international law.