As the situation continues, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are in danger of drifting apart.
After Israel had violated the ceasefire in November 2008, Hamas refused to renew its ceasefire agreement with Israel. Hamas and other resistance groups began to fire Qassam rockets (named after Izz al-Din al-Qassam) at population centres in the south of Israel, in an attempt to break the stalemate. For Israel, this was reason to carry out a large-scale military offensive in the Gaza Strip (‘Operation Cast Lead’) between the end of December 2008 and mid-January 2009. According to Palestinian and non-Palestinian sources this operation resulted in the deaths of about 1,400 Palestinians (of whom 83 percent were civilians). The material damage was estimated at USD 2 billion. As before, it did not bring a solution closer to hand but only added to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
We would like to ask you something …
Fanack is an independent media organisation, not funded by any state or any interest group, that distributes in the Middle East and the wider world unbiased analysis and background information, based on facts, about the Middle East and North Africa.
The website grew rapidly in breadth and depth and today forms a rich and valuable source of information on 21 countries, from Morocco to Oman and from Iran to Yemen, both in Arabic and English. We currently reach six million readers annually and growing fast.
In order to guarantee the impartiality of information on the Chronicle, articles are published without by-lines. This also allows correspondents to write more freely about sensitive or controversial issues in their country. All articles are fact-checked before publication to ensure that content is accurate, current and unbiased.