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State of Palestine: Al-Qassam Brigades hold rally 1 year after IDF's Operation Protective Edge began00:57

State of Palestine: Al-Qassam Brigades hold rally 1 year after IDF's Operation Protective Edge began

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Gaza
July 8, 2015 at 23:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hamas' military wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (Al-Qassam Brigades, EQB) displayed their weaponry during a rally in Gaza on Wednesday. The show was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the start of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, known in Israel as 'Operation Protective Edge.'

During the 51-day conflict the Israeli operation killed an estimated 2,310 Palestinians, with 70 percent of the death toll thought to be civilians. Six Israeli civilians died in the conflict as well as 66 soldiers.

The Gaza territories continue to be sealed off by the Israeli forces, who are restricting the entry of food supplies and materials needed to rebuild infrastructure. According to the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), the campaign was launched in order to restore "security to Israeli civilians living under Hamas rocket fire." Fishermen are severely limited in where they can work, with Israeli patrol ships limiting fishing to within six nautical miles (9.7 km) of the shore.

Some 41 countries voted for a resolution calling for Israel to be held accountable for war crimes, at the 29th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), held from 15 June to 3 July 2015. However, the resolution was vetoed by the USA, the only country to vote 'no'.

State of Palestine: Al-Qassam Brigades hold rally 1 year after IDF's Operation Protective Edge began00:57
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Hamas' military wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (Al-Qassam Brigades, EQB) displayed their weaponry during a rally in Gaza on Wednesday. The show was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the start of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, known in Israel as 'Operation Protective Edge.'

During the 51-day conflict the Israeli operation killed an estimated 2,310 Palestinians, with 70 percent of the death toll thought to be civilians. Six Israeli civilians died in the conflict as well as 66 soldiers.

The Gaza territories continue to be sealed off by the Israeli forces, who are restricting the entry of food supplies and materials needed to rebuild infrastructure. According to the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), the campaign was launched in order to restore "security to Israeli civilians living under Hamas rocket fire." Fishermen are severely limited in where they can work, with Israeli patrol ships limiting fishing to within six nautical miles (9.7 km) of the shore.

Some 41 countries voted for a resolution calling for Israel to be held accountable for war crimes, at the 29th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), held from 15 June to 3 July 2015. However, the resolution was vetoed by the USA, the only country to vote 'no'.