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Why are Israel and Palestine fighting? Gaza conflict explained

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The Gaza Strip, where two million Palestinians live, has been under fire from illegal air, land and sea blockades by Israeli military for the 13th year in a row.

Restriction of goods in and out of the area, including materials and fuel, has been repeatedly denied entry into Gaza, consequently shutting down the only power plant leading to a further decline in the electric supply – which was already only available for about four hours a day.

Amnesty International also reports there continue to be at least 593 Israeli checkpoints and road blockades in place, partly intended to restrict the movement of Palestinian residents and their access to fundamental human rights including health, education and work.

In Israel, more than 25 civilians were being treated following rocket fire this week after some 250 rockets were fired towards the capital.



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