Live: Deadly Gaza violence
The Health Ministry in Gaza reported that there was a third Palestinian killed by an Israeli army drone strike that targeted a residential tower northern Gaza.
For some time, the situation between the Zionist entity and the Gaza Strip has been volatile and tense. This has primarily been due to the failure of the Israelis to implement what was agreed upon between the two sides in the Egyptian brokered negotiations. Each time, the Israelis come up with a different pretext. At one time it is the elections, at another it is the formation of the government and at another it is Netanyahu’s personal crisis. They may even use trivial excuses such as the claim that someone within Gaza damaged the barbed wire or burnt a tyre. The purpose of these excuses has been nothing but to stall and gain more time. It is obvious that they have been evading their commitments. Evidently, many of the points that were agreed upon between the two sides have not been implemented including resolving the electricity problem once and for all, allowing funds in whether for salaries or for social welfare needs and defining the parameters of the fishing zone. The latter has not been determined all this while and whenever something happens they change their mind and close the entire zone not to mention the repeated attacks on fishermen.
All this comes within a general context marred by a state of tension and frustration in the shadow of leaks about the so-called deal of the century. From what has been declared so far, it is now certain that what’s coming is much worse than anything in the past or the present. There would be no Jerusalem, no refugees and no Palestinian state. Furthermore, the West Bank would be annexed. It would be impossible for the Palestinian public in Gaza to ignore any of this. It would be unimaginable for Gazans to be concerned merely with securing some war or some medicines or some electricity while the entire Palestinian issue is being blown away.
Yet, what led to the recent flare up has to do with Israel’s continuing violations. Despite all the efforts made to control the marches and maintain their peacefulness over the past weeks – to which media and international agencies’ reports testify, the Israelis deliberately adopt a policy of shoot to kill Friday after Friday. Israeli snipers aim directly at demonstrators with the intention of killing them. Last Friday, snipers shot dead a young woman in North Gaza and a child in Khan Younis, both received bullets in the head. This inevitably stirred up a reaction. Fire was opened at some Israeli soldiers and the Israelis responded by assassinating a number of field commanders inside Gaza.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported on Sunday that a second Palestinian toddler has been killed, this time by an Israeli drone air strike in the northern Gaza Strip.
A 14-month-old girl was also killed by an air strike on Saturday.
Anan, a 20-year old from Gaza City, told Middle East Eye that regardless of whether there was a war or not, young people in the Gaza Strip felt hopeless:
"We have been in this scenraio more than one time. We had hoped that our situation would improve," he said.
He explained that the rockets fired towards Israel were the only means that Palestinian armed groups had to apply pressure on Israel over the more than a decade long siege of the enclave.
"We can't breath in Gaza anymore. As the siege becomes stronger and the economic situation gets worse we don’t feel we have any other choice except to put pressure on Israel this way," he said.
"This siege has been too long for us - as a young Palestinian we are under pressure either way, whether it’s war or not. I find myself supporting this escalation - maybe this will be the only way we can remove the siege, which is the only thing I want."
"All young people are feeling desperate. We have no jobs, no life. Even the university educated ones have no jobs.
An Israeli air strike has levelled the Abu Qamar building, which is residential and was previously destroyed in the 2014 conflict.
The central Gaza City building was hit by six Israeli missiles.
Imad al-Jalameh, a Palestinian resident of al-Shatia refugee camp, is wandering through Gaza City's streets.
"I’m very angry at the Arab countries because they are normalising ties with Israel," he tells MEE. "The Israelis have more courage than before because of normalization."
Jalameh lives near a secret police station, so when the bombing began his children fled worrying that it would be a target.
"But Gaza very crowded and we have no shelters, so wherever missiles fall there are civilians because it’s so crowded here," he says.
The streets are completely empty. "It's like a curfew has been imposed," says Jalameh.
"People were tired before this even started - there was nothing to eat, people are poor, and there is high unemployment. Now this situation has made it even worse," he adds.
"People have nothing to eat, which is especially bad now we're coming into Ramadan."