This month marks the 9th anniversary of the 2014 Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip. This assault, which spanned over 50 days, left an indelible mark on the region, forever altering the lives of countless individuals. The stories of loss, pain, and resilience that emerged from this period serve as a stark reminder of the human cost.
During the summer of 2014, the Gaza Strip endured a brutal onslaught as Israeli forces launched a military campaign against the besieged enclave. The intense bombardment resulted in widespread destruction and loss of life. According to the United Nations, approximately 2,251 Palestinians were killed during the aggression
Tragically, the majority of these casualties were women and children, highlighting the disproportionate impact of the aggression on the most vulnerable members of society. The onslaught left Gaza’s infrastructure shattered, with hospitals, schools, and residential buildings reduced to rubble.
The 2014 aggression also took a heavy toll on the mental and emotional well-being of Gaza’s inhabitants. The constant fear, trauma, and uncertainty endured during the conflict left deep scars that continue to affect the population today.
According to a report by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), an estimated 1.3 million Gazans, nearly 75% of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, including mental health support.
While the 2014 aggression on the Gaza Strip resulted in immense human suffering, it also highlighted the resilience and determination of the Palestinian people. In the face of overwhelming adversity, communities have come together to rebuild, supporting each other to restore a semblance of normalcy.
However, many of the families continue to wait for the promised reconstruction, trapped in a cycle of uncertainty and displacement. The delays in rebuilding have further deepened their wounds, prolonging their suffering and hampering their ability to rebuild their lives.