negotiations for a truce continue, despite the Israeli operation in Rafah

negotiations for a truce continue, despite the Israeli operation in Rafah
negotiations for a truce continue, despite the Israeli operation in Rafah

Since the start of the war between Israel and Palestinian Hamas seven months ago, the Israeli offensive has caused, in addition to a heavy human toll and a serious humanitarian crisis, destruction of an “enormous and unprecedented” scale in the Gaza strip. According to satellite analyzes by American researchers Corey Scher and Jamon Van Den Hoek, as of April 21, 56.9% of buildings in the Gaza Strip had been damaged or destroyed, or 160,000 in all.

During the first six weeks of the war, “60% of health establishments were declared damaged or destroyed,” explains academic Corey Scher. Today, five of them are completely destroyed (according to OpenStreetMap data, from the Hamas Ministry of Health via Ocha, the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs, and Unosat, the satellite center for United Nations, compiled by theAFP) and 28% are partially functioning, according to the UN.

School buildings, which serve as refuge for displaced people, particularly those on which the UN blue flag flies, are also paying a heavy price: UNICEF recorded, as of April 25, 408 schools damaged (i.e. at least 72.5% of 563 establishments that he listed). Among them, 53 were completely destroyed and 274 directly affected.

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