Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut working at the International Space Station, captured a photo of rocket fire and explosions over the besieged Gaza Strip as the ISS flew over the region Wednesday night.
“My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel”
The rocket fire and explosions by Israel appear to be visible in the photos published by Grest, who has captured another side of the tragedy experienced by Palestinian people.
Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extended its flight ban to Israel for all U.S. airlines on Wednesday and several European carriers have also followed suit.
Since July 8, Israeli warplanes have been hitting numerous sites in the Gaza Strip. Israeli tanks also began a ground offensive against the enclave on July 17.
According to local authorities, the Israeli attacks have killed at least 700 Palestinians, most of them women and children, and injured over 4,200 others so far.
The United Nations Security Council has expressed serious concern over the growing number of casualties in the Palestinian coastal enclave and the organization's Human Rights Council voted to launch an independent inquiry into Tel Aviv's deadly offensive.
Earlier on Wednesday, protesters took to streets in several towns of the occupied Palestinian territories to condemn Israel’s atrocities.
Clashes broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in many villages, including Ras al-Amud and Silwan.
— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) julio 23, 2014