Designed and developed by Shelly Tan. Produced by Swati Sharma and Dee Swann.
A shift of life in Gaza
After the abduction and death of three Israeli teenagers and one Palestinian, the conflict between Israelis and Hamas escalated rapidly, and resulted in more than 2,100 casualties. Airstrikes hit Gaza in late June, and a ground invasion followed days after. The Washington Post surveyed social media accounts in Gaza and found a resounding trend: The months of May and June were filled with photos of beaches, food, live music and, of course, selfies. But in July, when hundreds of homes and whole neighborhoods were destroyed, Gaza civilians’ Instagram accounts provide an idea of how the shocking change was that Gazans dealt with this summer.