An Israeli security force holds its position during clashes with Palestinian

An Israeli security force holds its position during clashes with Palestinian stone throwers following a demonstration in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, demanding that Israeli authorities return the bodies of Palestinians killed during attacks on Israel.

Palestinians in Israel protest against demolition of their homes

20160715_WiPs-RamallahUmm al-Hiran, Israel : Police officers detain a Bedouin man during clashes after a protest against home demolitions.

Mourners carry the body of Qusai Al-Amour who was shot dead by Israeli forces

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian youth Qusai Al-Amour, who Israeli and Palestinian officials said was shot dead by Israeli border police during a clash with protesters, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Tuqu near Bethlehem.

Israel’s blockade keeps Gaza in the dark

The Gaza Strip has been under siege for a decade, with a strict Israeli-Egyptian blockade controlling the entry and exit of people and goods. Electricity is rationed throughout the territory, as Gaza has access to less than half of its power needs through purchases and local generation, officials say. Residents may receive eight hours or fewer of electricity a day, with blackouts common. Gaza’s power plant was bombed in 2006 and the electricity network suffered further damage during the 2014 war, straining the system to its limits. The lack of electricity also has consequences for the pumping and treatment of sewage water. In addition to Israeli attacks and restrictions, infighting between Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah have contributed to a lack of progress in solving the territory’s power crisis. “There are plans to develop a new power plant or even solar fields, but … we need international approval and we lack agreements between Fatah and Hamas,” said Hazem Ahmed, a representative of Gaza’s local power company.

A demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel.

The house of Palestinian after it was destroyed by Israeli forces

Men look at the damage to the house of Palestinian assailant Amjad Eleiwi after it was partially destroyed by Israeli forces, in the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester stands in front of burning tyres

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A Palestinian protester stands in front of burning tyres during clashes with Israeli security forces.

Mourners carry the body of Muhey al-Tabakhi

Mourners carry the body of Muhey al-Tabakhi, 12, during his funeral in the West Bank town of Al-Ram, near Jerusalem. A Palestinian hospital official said the boy was killed after clashes erupted between Israeli forces and protesters in the West Bank.

Palestinian youths throw stones towards an Israeli military post

Palestinian youths burn tires and throw stones towards an Israeli military post following the Friday prayer, which is located next to Israel’s controversial separation barrier, between the West Bank town of Ramallah and East Jerusalem, three days after Palestinian homes were destroyed by Israeli authorities.

Israel war inflicts $4.6b damage on Gaza

10390078_10153114238080760_5931945464057571735_nThe month-long Israeli aerial and ground offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip is estimated to have cost the Palestinian territory at least USD 4.6 billion in damage. The Palestinian economy ministry sources say the figure includes only direct damage to the Gaza economy. The ministry said the cost would climb once additional impacts of the Israeli strikes are taken into account. Tel Aviv’s regime forces’ attacks from both air and ground have destroyed hundreds of homes across the coastal enclave.

Last week, the Israeli military shelled Gaza Strip’s sole power plant, causing total blackouts across the besieged Palestinian territory.  The Gaza Strip, under blockade by Israel and Egypt, suffers from chronic water and power shortages. Meanwhile, a 72-hour truce between the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Israel has taken effect, with Israel announcing a total retreat from the conflict zones. An Israeli delegation is to head to Cairo for ceasefire talks with the Palestinian side.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hailed the destruction of Gaza tunnels in the aggression, but says there is no guarantee of 100-percent success. Former Israeli military adviser Giora Eiland says the month-long Israeli military action ended in a draw as the Israeli army failed to force Hamas to its knees. Israeli security cabinet will convene later in the day to discuss the war waged against Gaza. Hamas says Israel has failed to achieve any of its goals in its deadly military offensive. Latest figures show Israel’s month-long onslaught has killed at least 1,880 people including 430 children. The UN Human Rights Council recently passed a resolution, calling for an independent probe into Israel’s war crimes in Gaza.