A ball of fire erupts in Gaza City after an Israeli air strike on October 12, 2023 [Mahmud Hams/AFP]

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On Saturday, October 7, Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip embarked on a multipronged attack on Israel, dubbed Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, firing a barrage of thousands of rockets and infiltrating areas in the south of the country.

The unprecedented operation had profound ramifications both for the Israelis and the Palestinians.  In Israel, some 1300 people were killed and over 3,300 others were injured. In Gaza, Israel's retaliatory attacks claimed over 1500 lives and wounded 6500 others. Israel also cut off the electricity supply and blocked the entry of food and fuel to the Gaza Strip as part of an unlawful "total siege" strategy adopted on Monday. With an Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip imminent, the scale of the violence, disproportionately targeting Gaza's 2.3 million inhabitants, is expected to magnify.

As a Palestinian who has grown up within the confines of a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, I believe we are now at a turning point in our struggle.

Operation Al Aqsa Flood, born out of the instinctual drive for survival of a people subjected to decades of unjust and inhumane humiliation and ill-treatment, has proved yet again that Israel cannot erase Palestine and put an end to the Palestinian people's righteous struggle for liberation...

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