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German astronautAlexander Gerst on Wednesday posted a unique photo on the micro-blogging site Twitter, capturing the rare views of the violence-hit region from the outer space.
The image shows explosions, fire, rockets glowing through the dark region.
Gerst, who tweeted the image from the International Space Station (ISS) where he is spending six months, called it “My saddest photo yet.”
“From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel.” Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, reported that the bright lines and splotches of light captured could have resulted from rocket explosions, as Gerst suggests, or “Iron Dome interceptions or the explosion of Israeli munitions,” Gerst said in his tweet. He tweets in both English and German.
The astronaut is on a European Space Agency (ESA) mission with fellow astronauts Reid Wiseman (from America) and Russian flight commander Maksim Surayev. They are among the six scientists who are now in space.
On Wednesday, the UN Human Rights Council has launched a probe into the potential human rights violations by Israel after its members except the US voted in favor of the UNSC resolution. If prosecuted, Israel can face charges of war crimes.
The move was labeled as a ‘travesty’ by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.