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Maps of devastation

UPDATE: see addendum below
During the 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon and much of its civilian infrastructure, many civil society groups got busy producing hourly updated maps that were an invaluable record of incidents. Israeli war crimes were documented as well as witnessed.

In Israel’s current murderous military misadventure, OCHA, Al Jazeera and a number of other groups are also documenting the assaults on Gaza. These maps are important visual representations and reminders of the human scale of this folly that now stands at almost 1000 dead, a third of them children and, contrary to Israeli regime claims, most of them civilians.

Al Jazeera have initiated an interactive Gaza emergency map project here, where it invites incident submissions online, by SMS or Twitter. Click on the screen grab below to go to the site.


The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s ReliefWeb is also producing some important maps (h/t Green Resistance), albeit with some distortions on map representations as RM points out.$File/CE-2008-OPT_VMU_010809_lowres.gif?OpenElement

Gaza situation as at 13 January (OCHA)

(click on thumbnail)


Gaza Situation as at 16 January (OCHA)


Gaza – Map of Bombing Intensity & Casualties, Dec. 27 -12 Jan, 2009 by Solidarity Maps (visit their site, .pdf also available)


Thanks to Solidarity Maps.

Other Resources

5 comments on “Maps of devastation

  1. Pingback: Beyond The Fringe » Blog Archive » Legal Opinion on Israel’s Occupation of Gaza & Its ‘Self-Defence’ Lie

  2. 99
    13 January, 2009

    As I was looking at this post earlier, I was thinking what a good name “P U L S E” would be for your new venture. How very Pink Floydian of you…. Had I noticed who posted this, I’d’ve had the ahah to match my feeling of it being right for you. It would have been cosmic….

    Rock on.

  3. peoplesgeography
    13 January, 2009

    Very astute, 99, and thanks for coming by. As it happens, I had this turned up loud just a few days ago, though I put forward the name some months ago now:

  4. solidaritypalestine
    18 January, 2009

    Check out this new map on Gaza
    .. and the links to many other maps of the sort.

  5. peoplesgeography
    18 January, 2009

    Excellent map, solidaritypalestine, thanks for the link and for putting it together: great job. I’ll add it with a link to your map site.

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