Operation Protective Edge, the name given to the Israeli Defense Force’s ground assault against Hamas' military arm, is aimed at halting rocket and mortar fire on Israeli territory. In addition to cross border fire, Protective Edge is targeting a network of ground tunnels Hamas’ militants use to infiltrate Israeli territory.
Whatever Israel’s intentions are, one thing is clear; the loss of life has been alarming.
The death toll has passed 1,000 and, according to UN reports, 72 percent of those killed have in fact been civilian, including a larger number of women and children. Last week, an air strike killed five and wounded dozens of others inside a Gaza hospital. Israel’s target was a cache of anti-tank missiles that was identified as being in the “immediate vicinity” of the hospital. More recently, a UN shelter was hit killing 16 and injuring many.