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“Bombs are Falling Like Rain in Gaza”

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Israel, Palestine, Breaking News, Citizen Media, War & Conflict

Gazans stayed up all night as Israel continued to pound the Palestinian enclave. The situation flared up when Israel and Gaza exchanged fire – which still continues now – after Israel killed Hamas military leader Ahmed Al-Jabari during an air raid on Gaza yesterday.

According to Press reports, the current bout of fighting has left up to 13 Gazans and three Israelis dead. On Twitter, Ebaa Rezeq breaks down the toll on the Palestinian side:

الحصيلة حتى الآن| 15 شهيد (منهم 3 أطفال, سيدة حامل بتوأم, وعجوزين) + 140 إصابة. #غزة

@Gazanism [1]: The toll until now: 15 martyrs (among them three children, a woman pregnant with twins and two elderly people), plus 140 injured #Gaza

Khaled Shawa shares a photograph of his neighbour's house burning after being shelled by Israel [2]

Khaled Shawa shares a photograph of his neighbour's house burning after being shelled by Israel. Photo credit: @KhaledShawa [2]

Wael Ouda describes the intensity of the shelling around him:

@WillOuda [3]: The drones are practically “walking” in the living room ….so loud and noisy over head. #Gaza

In another tweet, he shares the human cost, this latest bout of attacks is having:

: Death toll: 14-15 deaths and 120+ injuries #Gaza

Gaza Under Attack [4]

Gaza Under Attack. Photo shared by @journeytogaza [4] on Twitter

And Majed Abusalama exclaims:

: Bombs falling like a rains now in NorthGaza# #GazaUnderAttacks

Meanwhile, Abu Omar posts a surreal video [5] on YouTube entitled, The Children of Gaza are Playing Football despite the Shelling:

The video shows children playing – as explosions continue in the background.

Ola Anan comments:

: #GazaUnderAttack yet a group of children decided to play football in the street! We teach life, world!

And Majed Abusalama adds:

المعنويات عالية في #غزة, فليحطموا كل شي, يقتلوا أطفالنا ولكن لن يقتلوا ارادنا وأجلامنا, والى التحرير انشا الله

@MajedAbusalama [6]: Our morales are high in Gaza. Let them destroy everything and kill our children but they will never be able to kill our will and our dreams. To liberation by the will of God!

People queue outside a bakery to get bread in Gaza [7]

People queue outside a bakery to get bread in Gaza. Photo shared on Twitter by @sarahussein [8]

Meanwhile, journalist Sara Hussein, who was just able to cross into Gaza, shares a photograph people lining up outside a bakery.

She tweets:

: yfrog.com/nws02mjj Line outside #Gaza bakery. People fear food shortages. #Israel #Palestinians

What next?

Journey to Gaza wonders if there will be a ground invasion:

@journeytogaza: [9] Any news on #Israeli cabinet decision whether or not to launch ground invasion in #Gaza?

Twitter hashtags:

For more on the conversation on Twitter, check out the hashtags: #PrayForGaza, #GazaUnderAttack [10] and #Gaza [11].

Further Reading:

Mondoweiss: Two new resources: Timeline of Israeli escalation in Gaza and Israel’s history of breaking ceasefires [12]

The Guardian: Israel and Gaza militants in deadly exchanges – live updates [13]