Palestinian Sumud in face of Israeli brutality in 2014 Gaza offensive

July 07, 2022

Al-Qassam Website - These days mark the eighth anniversary of the 2014 Israeli occupation aggression on the Gaza Strip, when Palestinian resistance branches, foremost among them the Al-Qassam Brigades, defended their people against such assault.

During its 51-day military offensive, the Israeli occupation committed heinous massacres against the Palestinian people, killing 1,742 Palestinians and injuring thousands of others. Add to that the massive damage caused to infrastructure, public facilities, and homes; about 100,000 Palestinians became homeless.

The offensive left Gaza in ruins, with over 17,000 homes destroyed and thousands of other buildings, including hospitals, schools, and factories, destroyed or severely damaged.

In light of this appalling aggression and amid the international silence on Israeli atrocities, the Palestinian resistance courageously defended its people and attempted to deter the Israeli occupation from continuing its crimes against the defenseless Palestinians. 

Palestinian Resistance Reulses Offensive

The Palestinian retaliatory response to the Israeli occupation authorities' aggression against the Gaza Strip proved a significant enhancement of the Palestinian fight against the occupation. The Palestinian resistance struck the Israeli occupation military sites and posts, attacked its forces by land and sea, and carried out unique operations behind the aggressors' lines, where Palestinian freedom fighters struck military targets. 

The Palestinian resistance responded by targeting Israeli sites and settlements in the 1948-occupied territories with homemade missiles. To prove the failure of the Israeli Iron Dome missile system, the Palestinian resistance announced beforehand that it would strike Israeli military sites and settlements. 

Meanwhile, the al-Qassam Brigades carried out several special operations that confused the Israeli occupation, above all its raids against the 'Zikim' military base and 'Abu Mutaibq' military site, where the freedom fighters killed six Israeli occupation soldiers.

Palestinian Raid against 'Nahal Oz' Military Base

On 20 July 2014, the Israeli occupation warplanes and artillery pounded the Shuja'iyya neighborhood in eastern Gaza, killing up to 74 Palestinians, including 17 children and 14 women, injuring hundreds of others, and making thousands of others homeless. 

Eight days later, freedom fighters managed to attack a fortified Israeli military tower in the 'Nahal Oz' military base, gunning down some Israeli occupation soldiers.  

This heroic operation was shocking to the Israeli occupation as it was carried out in response to its atrocities against innocent Palestinians. Video footage released by the Palestinian resistance showed how cowardly Israeli occupation forces were in the face of Palestinian freedom fighters. 

The Al-Qassam Brigades unveiled the homemade multi-functional UAV drones the Brigades used for the first time during the 2014 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.  

Captive Israeli Occupying Soldiers

On 20 July 2014, Abu Obaida, the Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman, declared that Israeli soldier Oron Shaul was captured from his armored personnel carrier as the Palestinian resistance was repulsing an Israeli incursion in eastern Gaza. 

On 1 August 2014, Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin went missing during an exchange of fire with Palestinian resistance fighters east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.  

This announcement offered a ray of hope for more than 5,000 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails and their families. 

It has been eight years since the start of the 2014 Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, yet its assaults are still ongoing, the last of which is the 11-day aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip last May, during which the occupation authorities have killed 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, 39 women, and 17 elderlies, and have injured more than 1,900 others. 

The Palestinian resistance, in return, continued and will continue defending its people with all means possible despite a lack of capabilities. 

History has shown that people fighting for their rights always gain the upper hand even if the assailants are more powerful and well-equipped.