The history of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict started in the late 19th century and early 20th century. This is when two major nationalist movements among the Jews and among the Arabs araisen. This conflict came from the intercommunal violence in Mandatory Palestine between Jews and Arabs from 1920 and erupted into full-scale hostilities in the 1947–48 civil war. The conflict continues to the present day on various levels.

It has recently been escalated, but many supporters of both sides can agree that any innocent civilian lives lost during the conflict are a tragedy.

The United Nations this weekend released images showing the destruction in Gaza caused by fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants. The pictures show areas in Gaza before the conflict began on July 6 and the damage done by July 25. The images also identify structures that have been destroyed and “severely” or “moderately” damaged in Gaza City, Toffah, Shijaia and Shaaf. The devastation is extensive. The U.N. tallies 604 destroyed structures and 236 more with heavy damage, though the information has yet to be validated on the ground.