GAZA/JERUSALEM - The death toll in the Gaza Strip continues to rise as Israeli airstrikes intensified over the skies of Gaza overnight on Monday killing another 100 Palestinians.
A serious blow to the civilians in the Gaza Strip also occurred when according to The Huffington Post, Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant which supplies up to two-thirds of the energy needs to the 1.8 million people in the Gaza Strip.
Blazing fuel tanks that contain 3 million cubic liters of diesel fuel at the power plant lit up the dark skies over the Gaza Strip which local authorities say will take a year to repair.
"The power plant is finished," Mohammed al-Sharif, a director at the power plant said.
The ground and airstrikes against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip continued on Tuesday as Israeli forces struck the symbols of Hamas as the conflict enters it's fourth week.
The U.N. has estimated the death toll to be more than 1,210 Palestinians with more than 6,500 wounded since the conflict began on July 8. At least 75 percent the U.N. reports have been civilians. Disturbing images and a video were posted on The Daily Mail showing people in Tel Aviv chanting songs about the children who have been killed in the Gaza Strip.
“There’s no school tomorrow, there are no children left there in Gaza!”
While the international community continues to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, appeals for a ceasefore have failed with both Israel and Hamas militants seeking bigger gains.
Hamas said they will continue to fight until the borders into Egypt and Israel are opened to Palestinians. Both countries have imposed the closure of their borders after Hamas seized Gaza in 2007. The closure of the funnels under the Egypt-Gaza border has caused financial ruin to Palestinians who need the crucial tax income and has driven Hamas into a severe financial crisis.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Gazans have been displaced by fighting as the Israeli military continues to urge residents to evacuate their homes ahead of intense airstrikes asking them to go to Gaza City.