What is the 2014 Gaza War?

The 2014 Gaza War, also known as Operation Protective Edge ( Hebrew: מִבְצָע צוּק אֵיתָן ‎, Miv’tza Tzuk Eitan, lit. “Operation Strong Cliff”) was a military operation launched by Israel on 8 July 2014 in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

What’s happening in the Gaza Strip?

Israel and Hamas are at war in the Gaza Strip. Hamas is firing rockets into Israel, Israel has been launching airstrikes against Hamas, and, on Thursday, Israel announced it will launch a ground invasion. The violence is dominating headlines internationally.

Why did Israel launch a military operation in Gaza?

The Israeli operation was designed to stop rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, which increased after an Israeli crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank was launched following the 12 June kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by two Hamas members.

What are Israel’s main grievances with Hamas?

It’s lessened recently, but it’s one of Israel’s most significant grievances with the Hamas leadership. Because Israel holds Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from Gaza, including from other Palestinian groups, sometimes Hamas gets sucked into violent flare-ups that it’s trying to avoid.

Why is there a blockade on Gaza?

Israel then defined Gaza as a “hostile territory” forming no part of a sovereign state and put Gaza under a comprehensive economic and political blockade, which also denied access to a third of its arable land and 85% of its fishing areas. It has led to considerable economic damage and humanitarian problems in Gaza.

What is the conflict between Israel and Gaza Strip?

When the Islamic party Hamas won the January 2006 Palestinian legislative election, gaining a majority of seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council, the conflict between Israel and Gaza intensified. Israel sealed its border with the Gaza Strip, largely preventing free flow of people and many imports and exports.