Some of the bloodiest fighting of Operation Protective Edge – on both sides – was fought in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiyeh, seen in the footage above.
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Thirteen Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed in four different battles in the neighborhood on the night between Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20. Some 70 Gazans were killed, half or more of them civilians, during that period.
The IDF views the battle as a tactical turning point in Operation Protective Edge. According to an IDF officer involved in the fighting, only after IDF Golani Brigade soldiers clashed with armed militants that night in Shujaiyeh did the IDF use artillery in urban areas, and the rules of engagement were relaxed in general.