What Is Happening In Gaza? Why Palestinians Are Protesting – And Dying

Mohammed Salem / Reuters
Palestinian Shaher al-Madhoon was killed during protests on Monday.

The funerals of dozens of Palestinians are taking place after the bloodiest day in Gaza since 2014. At least 60 people, including an eight-month-old baby, were killed when Israeli troops opened fire with live ammunition and tear gas along the Gaza-Israel border.

Tensions are still running high and more violence is expected today on the final day of the Palestinian protest campaign.

Why Palestinians are protesting right now

Violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is nothing new: since the creation of the Israeli state in 1948 the populations of both have laid claim to the same stretch of land, and a peaceful political solution remains elusive. 

The last major confrontation was in 2014 when Israel, ostensibly to stop the firing of rockets by militants in Gaza, launched Operation Protective Edge. The 50-day conflict resulted in the deaths of 2,251 Palestinians including 1,462 civilians and 73 Israelis – six of whom were civilians.

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