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Four months of war in Gaza

A collection of our recent coverage.

A few people are walking down a street. Destroyed buildings stand on both sides. Abdulqader Sabbah/Anadolu
Destruction left behind by Israeli forces after they withdrew from parts of Khan Younis in southern Gaza on 2 February 2024.

It has been almost four months since the Israeli government launched a military assault on Gaza and imposed a near-total siege following the deadly 7 October raid into Israel by Hamas, the Palestinian political and militant group that governs the enclave. 

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is on his fifth Middle East tour, pushing for a ceasefire, while Israel extends its ground invasion and airstrikes deeper into southern Gaza, where over half the enclave’s population is seeking refuge after being forced from their homes.

Even if a longer-term ceasefire deal is agreed upon soon, Israel’s military campaign has already been one of the most deadly and destructive in modern history, plunging the around 2.3 million people who live in Gaza into a humanitarian catastrophe at unprecedented speed.

Here’s a round-up of our recent coverage:

A view of the destruction caused by Israeli attacks after the Israeli army withdrew from parts of Gaza City and North Gaza governorate for the first time since it started its ground offensive on Oct. 27, in Gaza City, Gaza on February 01, 2024.

Gaza aid in-depth: Response leaders warn of extreme obstacles, even with a ceasefire

Even if fighting were to stop, massive destruction and daunting logistical barriers mean aid groups will struggle to meet basic needs.

This is a low angle shot of a truck, marked with United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) logo, crosses into Egypt from Gaza, at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, during a temporary truce between Hamas and Israel, in Rafah, Egypt, November 27, 2023.

What UNRWA funding suspensions mean for Gaza aid

How will controversy and donor freezes impact the biggest aid agency in Gaza amid a dire humanitarian crisis and ongoing hostilities?        
 

Hamada al-Fara shows the keffiyah he used to to wrap his 13-year-old son who was killed in an attack by Israel early this month.

Ground fighting reaches one of Gaza’s last supposed ‘safe zones’

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are finding out – to their cost – that al-Mawasi is not the refuge Israel promised it would be.

This is a vertical collage of five people set side by side.

People in Gaza remember a time before the war, and plead for it to end

Five Palestinians in the Gaza Strip share their happy memories, their challenges, and their hopes for the future.

This is a medium shot showing a group of Palestinians flock to the truck carrying drinkable water as they face the threat of hunger and thirst in Rafah, Gaza on December 11, 2023. At the centre we see the back of a young person with their hands raised.

Famine expert Alex de Waal on Israel’s starvation of Gaza

With the basics for sustaining life in the enclave being destroyed, he warns that the hunger crisis is going to get ‘unimaginably worse‘.

Wide angle view of makeshift encampments by the beach.

Snapshots: Palestinian journalists capture life under bombardment in Gaza

Despite the risks, journalists continue to try to keep the spotlight on the suffering of Palestinian civilians.

A photograph of a group selfie is superimposed over a blurred aerial image that shows buildings turned to rubble.

‘What can I do?’: Reflections of a Gaza aid worker

A Mercy Corps staff member recounts two months of horror and devastation living under Israeli siege and bombardment in Rafah.

Pictured is a large group of Palestinians fleeing north Gaza walk towards the south, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in the central Gaza Strip, 9 November, 2023.

Q&A: Gaza, Israel, and the possibility of a Palestinian state?

For former Palestinian peace negotiator Yezid Sayigh, the solution to the underlying causes of conflict is political, even if there’s no clear path forward.

People are lining up to fill out water containers.

In Gaza, death seems to be closer than water

For 31-year-old Palestinian journalist Maha Hussaini, growing up in Gaza meant knowing she could lose everything. That fear has become a reality.

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