PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 22: ‘ News From The Front-Line Returns As Gaza Crisis Explodes Into Chaos ‘


  • Since July 7, Israel has killed at least 1034 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 226 children. More than 6200 others have been wounded.

  • On July 27, the Israeli military admitted that it opened fire on the courtyard of a UN school three days earlier in Beit Hanoun, where 16 Palestinians sheltering from the fighting were killed and scores more wounded. However, contrary to evidence supplied by eyewitnesses, journalists, and UN officials, Israel denied that its shelling of the school caused any deaths.

  • Since July 7, at least 44 families in Gaza have lost at least three or more members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident, totaling more than 250 people. During the 12-hour ceasefire on July 26, 11 members of the Hilo family were pulled from the rubble in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. Earlier in the day, before the ceasefire came into effect, approximately 20 members of the Al-Najar family were killed, including 11 children, and many others were wounded when their home was attacked by the Israeli military in southern Gaza.

  • According to the United Nations, as of yesterday (July 27) at 8 AM ET:
  • At least 760 Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza, including at least 226 children and 117 women.

  • More than 6200 Palestinians have been injured, including more than 1900 children and 1100 women.

  • 215,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are sheltering in United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and government schools, informal shelters or host families.

  • At least 194,000 children require specialized psychosocial support (PSS) due to trauma caused by the death or injury of someone they know or loss of home.

  • Twenty-two hospitals, clinics and medical centers have been hit by Israeli air-strikes or shelling since July 8. At least one doctor and two medics have been killed.

  • Israel has destroyed or severely damaged approximately 685 residential properties, including numerous multi-story buildings, causing hundreds of civilian casualties.

  • Since July 7, 130 schools have been damaged. At least six teachers are known to have been killed.

  • The Israeli army has declared 44% of the tiny Gaza Strip a military “buffer zone.”


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