A recent survey reveals that at least half of Gaza’s buildings are damaged or destroyed

According to new information reviewed by the BBC, since Israel began its reprisal for the Hamas strikes on October 7, more than half of Gaza’s buildings have been damaged or destroyed. In-depth before-and-after photos further demonstrate how, since the beginning of December, Israel’s military assault on Gaza has escalated, primarily affecting the city of Khan Younis. Gazans should migrate south for their own protection, Israel has warned them repeatedly.

Residential neighborhoods have been devastated, once-bustling shopping avenues have been reduced to ruins, universities have been wrecked, farmlands have been churned up, and tent towns have appeared on the southern border to house tens of thousands of migrants. The UN estimates that 1.7 million people, or more than 80% of Gaza’s population, are internally displaced, with almost half of them residing in the area’s farthest southernmost point. Additional investigation by BBC Verify demonstrates the extent of agriculture destruction, pinpointing numerous locations with significant harm.

When questioned about the extent of the damage, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) declared that it was aiming at “terror infrastructure” as well as Hamas fighters. The BBC’s examination of satellite data now reveals the full scope of the devastation. According to the data, between 144,000 and 175,000 buildings have either been damaged or completely destroyed throughout the Gaza Strip. That makes up 51–61 percent of Gaza’s total building area. Corey Scher of City University of New York and Jamon Van Den Hoek of Oregon State University conducted the research, which compares photos to identify abrupt changes in a building’s height or structure that point to destruction.

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