Life in the Sinai is now defined by curfews, checkpoints, house raids and arbitrary arrests.
A sense of malaise plagues activist circles, with energies largely spent supporting the thousands in prison.
At least six shelters have been hit since the conflict began, killing dozens of civilians.
“I saw a massacre,” says one survivor, “There were heads off bodies, shoulders half torn, hands gone, chests opened.”
At least sixteen Palestinian refugees seeking shelter were killed, more than 200 were wounded.
Two weeks of conflict made crossing borders too difficult to arrange in time. They may have had a chance if they had gotten out.
Nearly ninety people were killed by Israeli forces today, most of them in one of Gaza’s poorest and most crowded neighborhoods.
Over 77 percent of the dead are civilians. Every day brings more stories of incomprehensible anguish and loss.
More than 240 Palestinians have been killed in air strikes, nearly 77 percent of them civilians, including almost fifty children.
For months, strikes and other protests have crippled a number of industries. But the new militancy is fragmented and has confined itself to economic grievances.