Israel’s bloody ground campaign in Gaza in 2014

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec2,2023 #campaign #Gaza #Israel
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The Israeli Army (IDF) on the morning of May 14 gathered a large number of army tanks along the Gaza Strip border, simultaneously shelling Hamas targets, in order to coordinate with the country’s air force’s air campaign to destroy

Israeli tanks shelling the Gaza Strip

Israeli tanks and fighters attacked the Gaza Strip on the morning of May 14.

However, the appearance of ground forces in this attack raises concerns about the risk of Israel opening a new military land adventure targeting the Gaza Strip, like what happened 7 years ago.

On July 8, 2014, Israel launched one of the deadliest attacks against the Gaza Strip in modern history.

The 2014 ground campaign was launched by Israel after Palestinian factions formed a unified government in early June. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then warned the Palestinian government that it had to choose between peace with Hamas or with Israel.

On June 12, 2014, three young Israeli settlers in the West Bank disappeared.

Many senior Hamas officials affirmed that they were not involved in the kidnapping, while the Palestinian Authority said that the culprit was Qawasameh, an extremist group belonging to Hamas but often acting contrary to the organization’s policies.

In response, Israel launched a campaign to suppress people suspected of being linked to Hamas in the West Bank.

On July 2, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy living in East Jerusalem, was kidnapped and burned alive by Israeli extremists, leading to large-scale protests by Palestinians.

Attempts to negotiate a ceasefire between the two sides failed because Tel Aviv did not accept Hamas’s conditions, which demanded an end to the siege of the Gaza Strip and the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Within the first 48 hours, Israel dropped a total of 400 tons of bombs on Gaza.

This activity left 500,000 people homeless, and about 300,000 residents had to take refuge in schools.

Hamas launched many rockets into Israeli territory in retaliation, but did not cause much damage.

However, Israel believes that air strikes are not enough to stop the threat from Hamas.

Israel's bloody ground campaign in Gaza in 2014

Israeli soldiers and tanks deploy near the Gaza Strip border on July 27, 2014.

`Our military campaign has two goals,` Peter Lerner, Israeli military spokesman, said at the time.

The Israeli military believes that these tunnels are used by Hamas and Palestinian militia groups to move troops and weapons across the border for raids on Israeli forces, while Hamas asserts that the tunnels help transport supplies.

`We have hit Hamas hard and will continue to hit hard,` the IDF said as the ground offensive began.

A series of Israeli infantry and artillery units, supported by aircraft and warships, advanced deep into the Gaza Strip, focusing on the task of destroying Hamas’s rocket launching capacity and finding and destroying tunnels.

Dozens of Palestinians, both civilians and Hamas fighters, were killed on the first day of the ground offensive.

Israel's bloody ground campaign in Gaza in 2014

A residential area destroyed in the northern Gaza Strip during the Israeli operation.

In the following weeks, fighting between the two sides took place deep in Gaza territory, causing heavy damage.

However, the Israeli army also suffered increasingly large casualties.

On August 3, Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip after destroying 32 tunnels.

Israel's bloody ground campaign in Gaza in 2014

Location of Gaza Strip.

The 2014 Gaza war left serious consequences for the two million Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip.

Israel had 67 soldiers and 6 civilians killed, and more than 500 people were injured.

In 2015, the United Nations said that Israel had committed war crimes by intentionally attacking civilian areas.

A separate two-year investigation by Israel’s government watchdog found that the government failed to use diplomatic measures to prevent war from breaking out.

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