Turns out, sports can really triumph over tragedy.
While the entire world was cheering and lamenting Germany’s historic win over Brazil during the FIFA World Cup semi-final match, thousands of Israelis and more than a million people in the Gaza Strip were forced to run for cover to protect themselves from airstrikes and missile attacks.
Brazil's 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semi-final broke all social media records by becoming the most-discussed sports game ever on Twitter – with more than 35 million tweets.
At the same time, when tensions between Gaza and Israel began to escalate, not much attention was paid to the armed conflict, that the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said could “spiral out of control” soon enough if militants on both sides didn’t end hostilities.
Soccer fans and sports enthusiasts need not be shamed. Instead, this is just a rough comparison to show how exactly the world has become weary of listening to and reading about the same stories of death and destruction over and over again.
And it largely has to do with how the media presents facts. While one huge chunk of the media only talks about the Hamas missile strikes on Israel, the other side struggles to prove that it’s the other way around.
It’s true that at least one party involved in the war has to bear relatively more loss of life and livelihood than the other:
However, the fact remains that tragedies exist on both sides.
Here, we have compiled a series of images that capture a glimpse of how people on both sides of the border are suffering due to the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict:
The Gaza Strip:
The Palestinian health ministry said that in addition to the 76 dead, some 500 people had been injured overall since Wednesday.
Israel launched an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, bombing more than 30 targets including homes. It said this strike was part of a campaign named "Operation Protective Edge," targeting Hamas Islamist militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.
This is what Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have to face on a daily basis.
Palestinians bury the body of 5-year-old Abduallah Abu Ghazala, who hospital officials said was killed in an Israeli airstrike, at a cemetery.
An uncle of 4-year-old Palestinian girl Yasmeen al-Motawaq, who hospital officials said was killed in an Israeli airstrike, carries her body during her funeral in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip.
According to BBC, 12 rockets had been fired at Israel, out of which seven were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.
So far, no casualties have been reported.
Israelis can be seen running toward bomb shelters.
Boys carry their surf boards ashore after their lesson was canceled following a mid-air explosion from a rocket which was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, in Tel Aviv.
A woman lies with her baby on the floor of a shopping mall.
Drivers take cover beside their cars on a highway.
Residents take cover in a concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter, as a siren warning of incoming rockets is sounded in the southern community of Nitzan, near Ashdod.
Below, a rocket launched from Hamas militants hits a wedding in Israel.