Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Mapping the Oct 7 Hamas Attacks

Over the last three weeks news organizations around the world have produced many maps in their efforts to help explain the 2023 Israel-Hamas war. Many of these have been curated in the Data Vis Dispatch. Unfortunately the paywalls of many of the major news websites make a lot of these maps inaccessible to many.

The current attacks on the Palestinian people by Israel are in response to the events of 7 October 2023, when a Hamas attack on southern Israel killed 1,400 Israelis. Mapping the Massacres is an attempt to create a 'comprehensive representation' of all the atrocities committed by Hamas on the 7th October.

Each dot on the Mapping the Massacres map represents a person, killed or kidnapped by Hamas on 7th October. The red dots show the locations of Israelis killed by Hamas, the black dots indicate people who were kidnapped and the grey dots indicate people who are missing. When zoomed out the marker clusters show some of the major Hamas attack locations. Some of these sites, which witnessed the worst atrocities, are labelled on the map.

If you use the 'next' and 'previous' arrows (in the map sidebar) you can learn more about the attacks carried out by Hamas on each of the labelled locations. The creators of Mapping the Massacres have said that during the early stages of this project there may be some inaccuracies and omissions. The map includes contact details for anyone who can help Mapping the Massacres improve the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the project's representation of the Oct 7th Hamas attacks.

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