The death toll from fighting between Israel and Hamas continues to rise. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry and our partner The New York Times, the death toll in Palestine had reached 91 as of Monday. Three Israelis have been killed since the beginning of the conflict. It's one thing to watch the violence up close, but what's it like to be a Palestinian watching from afar?
Lena Ibrahim is a first generation Palestinian-American and activist.
"The death toll just keeps rising every hour," Ibrahim says. "People feel like there's no safe zone in Gaza."
"I follow the news very closely when it comes to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and things have been very quiet," she says. "When I heard of the attacks, it became very disturbing, to see it happen from my computer screen, and to be so helpless." Many of Ibrahim's friends still live in Gaza, and she has been following their updates on Twitter.
"I don't justify by any means the Hamas rockets, but I do understand the resistance in Gaza," she says. "People in Gaza feel very hopeless, and they feel very angry… I think when they look at Hamas, they see some form of resistance that might lead them to liberation, because it's forceful."