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Photo credit: Alexander Gerst
Date taken: July 23, 2014
Location: International Space Station, Outer Space
Fiery blasts and explosions are seen in the Gaza Strip, as photographed by German astronaut Alexander Gerst in the International Space Station.
Gerst, who uploaded this image to Twitter, called it his “saddest photo yet” and says that it shows rockets and explosions over Gaza and Israel.
Israel launched its latest offensive against the Gaza Strip on July 8 with a barrage of air strikes on the dense civilian territory. On July 17, Israel expanded the offensive with a ground invasion that was hallmarked by a days-long bombardment of the Shuja’iyya neighborhood in Gaza City that began on July 20. So far, nearly 700 Palestinians — mostly civilians and including at least 147 children — have been killed. Thirty-two Israeli soldiers have been killed along with two Israeli civilians. The United Nations Human Rights Council has announced that is has begun investigating possible Israeli war crimes in Gaza.