Operation Cast Lead – One Year On

One year on from Israel’s response to years of Hamas terrorism, and here are some vital statistics you’re not going to find in, say, the Guardian. Or on the BBC website. Or anywhere in the Western media, in fact.

 

Courtesy of The Israel Project:

 

Key Statistics

• 1 million:

– Israeli civilians under threat from Hamas rocket fire.

• 15 Seconds:

– Israelis have to get to a bomb shelter once a warning siren has sounded

• 2 million:

– Leaflets the Israel Air Force dropped on Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, warning civilians to stay clear of Hamas fighters.

• 200,000:

-Phone calls made by the Israeli army to civilians in Gaza warning of an impending strike near their residences.

• 8: Years:

– Israel has endured rocket, missile and mortar fire from Gaza.

• 1:

– Israeli left in Gaza – Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit, kidnapped by Hamas from Israel on June 25, 2006.

• 3,200+:

-Rockets and mortar fired from Gaza in 2008.

• 6,500+:

– Rockets and mortars fired from Gaza since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.

• 10,389:

– Rockets and mortars fired from Gaza 2001-2008.

• 1,000+:

– People in Israel injured from rockets and mortars fired from Gaza since 2001.

• 270:

– Rockets and mortars fired from Gaza since the end of Operation Cast Lead, Jan. 18 – Nov. 31, 2009.

Iran-Backed Hamas Terrorism

• 17:

– Attacks on Gaza goods crossings by Palestinian terrorist groups in 2008.

• 80%

– of mosques in Gaza which Hamas reportedly controls, some of which are used for weapons storage, command and communications headquarters.

• 37 mi (60km):

– Range of Hamas rockets in Gaza acquired after Operation Cast Lead.

• 2.5 mi (4 km):

– Range of Hamas’s anti-tank missiles, smuggled into Gaza since the end of Operation Cast Lead.

• 1,500:

– Number of smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt (estimate)

• 59 ft (18 m)/6.8 mi (11 km):

– Length and depth of metal fence Egypt is building on Sinai-Gaza border to prevent tunnel smuggling operations.

• 22 mi (35 km):

– Distance between Gaza and Yavneh – the northernmost Israeli city hit by Gaza rockets on Dec. 28, 2008.

• 900:

– Hamas operatives trained by Iran.

• $20 million – $30 million:

– Funding Iran provides annually to Hamas. Iran gave Hamas another $50 million following Hamas’s victory in the 2006 Palestinian elections.

Israel’s Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

Yes – even as Gazans were sending suicide bombers and missiles into Israeli civilian areas, Israel continued sending aid into Gaza!

• 900%

– increase in humanitarian aid delivered to Gaza in 2009, compared to 2008.

• 630,253:

– Tons of humanitarian aid delivered to the Gaza Strip, Jan. 19 – Dec. 13, 2009.

• 24.5 million gallons (92.7 million liters):

– Heavy-duty diesel fuel delivered to the Gaza Strip, Jan. 19 – Oct. 31, 2009.

• 10,346:

– Gaza residents who entered Israel for medical and humanitarian reasons, Jan.19 – Nov. 7, 2009.

• 57,295 tons:

– Monthly average of humanitarian aid entering Gaza since Operation Cast Lead, Jan. 19 – Dec. 5, 2009.

• 11,508:

Monthly average (in tons) of humanitarian aid entering Gaza from February – June 2008, a period of intense rocket fire.

• 34,253 tons:

– Monthly average of humanitarian aid entering Gaza during period of calm, July – December 2008.

• 18,500:

– Permits Israel issued to Gaza residents to enter Israel or travel overseas in 2009.

• 28,400:

– Flowers from Gaza scheduled for export to Europe on Dec. 10, 2009.

• 250,000:

– Flowers from Gaza scheduled for export beginning Dec. 13, 2009.

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