Middle East

Israeli assaults on Gaza since 2005

A Palestinian man stands looking at smoke rising from a building after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on July 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX

GAZA CITY: Key Israeli operations in the Gaza Strip since troops withdrew from the impoverished coastal enclave in 2005 following a 38-year occupation:

2006 – June 28: Israel launches Operation Summer Rain, rolling troops into Gaza to free a captured soldier. He is released in October 2011 in exchange for around 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

Nov. 1-7: Operation Autumn Cloud, in which 56 Palestinians are killed. Nov. 26 the army ends five months of operations in Gaza, in which more than 400 Palestinians are killed.

2008 – Feb. 27-March 3: Eight months after Hamas takes control of Gaza, Operation Hot Winter is launched after an Israeli is killed in a rocket attack. More than 120 Palestinians are killed.

A truce is declared in June after months of violence that killed hundreds.

Dec. 27: Israel launches Operation Cast Lead with a massive air assault on Hamas to halt rocket attacks. The 22-day operation leaves 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.

2010 – May 31: Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla leaves 10 Turks dead.

2011 – April: Around 20 Palestinians killed and more than 150 rockets are fired at Israel in the worst violence since January 2009.

August: 26 Palestinians and one Israeli are killed in clashes days after the death of eight Israelis in attacks near Eilat in southern Israel.

2012 – March 9-12: Israeli strikes on Gaza City kill 25, 14 of them militants. More than 250 rockets are fired at Israel.

June 18-23: An airstrike kills two Islamic Jihad militants, sparking five days of fighting in which Israel kills 15 Gazans, mostly militants. Five Israelis are wounded as 152 rockets hit the south.

Oct. 22-Nov. 13: Around 15 Palestinians are killed, while more than 120 rockets are fired at Israel.

November 14-21: Operation Pillar of Defense is launched with a missile strike that kills top Hamas commander Ahmed Jaabari in Gaza City.

Hundreds of Israeli raids and militant rocket attacks over the next eight days kill 177 Palestinians and six Israelis. Most are civilians. An Egypt-brokered truce takes effect on the 21st.

2013 – Dec. 24: A Palestinian child is killed and six Palestinians injured in Israeli raids after an Israeli citizen is killed in an attack at the border.

2014 – January-March 3: Israeli raids kill four Palestinians as more rockets are fired on Israel.

March 11-13: Israeli strike kills three Islamic Jihad militants after they fire a mortar round at troops.

June 11: Israeli airstrike kills two Palestinians, including one child.

June/early July: Israel steps up raids on Gaza after the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens in the occupied West Bank.

July 8: Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to stamp out rocket fire and calls up 40,000 reservists.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 10, 2014, on page 10.




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