The enmity between Israel and Palestine has been circulating over decades with no sign of permanent solutions. The recent clash of Israel-Palestine has killed at least 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, and left 1900 injured. In comparison, Israel confirms the death of 12 Israelis, including two children, and around 200 were injured.
Hamas fired around 3700 rockets on parts of Israel at random. However, 90% of the rockets were defended by Israel's air defence system, Iron Dome. In contrast, Israel attacked Gaza with airstrikes, artillery and tank fires targeting the high-rise buildings, including Al Shorouk Tower, Al Johara Tower and Al Jalaa Tower.
How did it start?
The recent clash sparked as six Palestinian families living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem since 1950 were forced by Jewish organisations to evict their homes. It further escalated as Israeli police troops attacked the Al Aqsa Mosque on 7 May.
Here is the timeline from the day of the attack on Al Aqsa Mosque followed by one of the deadliest 11-day War of Israel-Palestine:
7-9 May: Police deployed at Al Aqsa Mosque where thousands of Muslims gathered to pray Friday evening prayers on 7 May during the Holy month of Ramadan. Worshippers were seen to throw bottles, pebbles and chairs, whereas Israeli police forces attacked them with stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas for three consecutive days till 9 May. At least 163 Palestinians and six police officers were said to be injured during the clash.
Hamas sent a final warning to Israel to withdraw armed forces from Al Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah.
10-12 May: Israel refused to heed the warning; Hamas fired the first rocket in Israel on 10 May in Jerusalem for the first time in several years. No causalities, but the damage of properties was reported. In response, Israel attacked with airstrikes which killed two Palestinians and the destruction of properties was reported.
Israel attacked tower blocks including Hanadi Tower on 11 May which is said to hold offices of top Hamas officials. At least 32 Palestinians were killed and hundreds were injured. In response, Hamas fires 130 rockets at Tel Aviv which killed three Israelis. Tel Aviv halted all of its flights due to rocket attacks.
International pressure grew for de-escalation on both parties but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to carry out the airstrikes in full force.
On 12 May, Israel turned the 14-storey Al Johara Tower, located in the Gaza strip, into piles of dust by rapid bombardment as a response to the rocket barrages. Hamas proposed a ceasefire, but Netanyahu rejected it.
13 May: Rockets fired to Israel from Lebanon territory, but they landed in the Mediterranean Sea, causing no casualties.
14 May: Palestinian and Lebanese demonstrators clustered near the Lebanon-Israel border to protest against Israeli military attacks in Gaza. Israeli police forces fatally shot a 21-year-old Lebanese Hezbollah and reported they were on the verge of crossing borders.
On the same night, three rockets were fired to Israel from Syria, but none caused any damage.
15 May: Israel sent a warning to evacuate Al Jalaa an hour before demolishing the high-rise building which held offices of prominent media organisations like the Associated Press and Al Jazeera.
By Saturday, Hamas and Islamic Jihad were said to launch 2000 rockets.
16-19 May: Israel continued to attack the densely populated Gaza strip, causing civilians' death and loss. Despite the terrible exchange of fires and living in a homeless state, Palestinians demonstrated strong unity in Israel.
20-21 May: Due to international pressure and repeated phone calls from Joe Biden to Netanyahu, the Egyptian initiative of the unconditional ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was confirmed at 2.am on Friday, reported Al Jazeera.
Thousands of people clustered in the streets of Gaza to rejoice in the ceasefire with V signs.