Two years since the Gaza War, Palestinians braced for another conflict

Increased military operations have led Palestinians to prepare for a potential outbreak of conflict, just two years after the 22-day war.

During the War, 1,300 people died and more than 5,000 were injured during Operation Cast Lead. 40,000 people were displaced from their homes and over 20,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed.

According to the Gaza NGO Safety Office there is an increase in military incursions and drones flying over the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday, administration officials in the Gaza Strip evacuated ministerial buildings over fears of an attack.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Egypt has warned that continued rocket fire from the Strip could prompt another conflict. Israel has made clear rocket fire will not be tolerated after at least six rockets were fired from Gaza in the last month.

The latest tensions follow the breakdown in the US-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Disagreements over the construction of settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank have further delayed negotiations.

Since the 2008-2009 Gaza war, Islamic Relief has supplied medical equipment, hearing aids, prosthetic limbs and psychosocial support to survivors of the war, as well as building a water network and repairing damaged schools, water wells and homes.

As the alert level has been raised, Islamic Relief is appealing for donations to their Gaza emergency fund.

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