In its unprecedented war on the Gaza Strip, Israel relied on systematic destruction that affected all aspects of life, including neighborhoods, residential areas, schools, hospitals, banks, markets, bakeries, and more.
The World Bank estimates that about 45% of residential buildings in the Gaza Strip were completely destroyed, meaning that approximately one million people in the Strip completely lost their homes.
According to a report by Salam Khader broadcast by Al Jazeera, in mid-December occupation forces took control of the city of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, and destroyed entire neighborhoods not only by aerial bombardment, but also by deliberate bombing. Satellite images revealed areas that were subject to complete or near-complete destruction in the city.
The al-Zahra neighborhood in the south of Gaza City – known for its high-rise towers and home to middle-class workers – also suffered widespread destruction. According to the World Bank, 34,000 out of 55,000 houses were completely destroyed, with a destruction rate of about 60%.
The Israeli newspaper “Haaretz” revealed that soldiers “were setting fire to and destroying some buildings in Gaza based on direct orders from their commanders,” while the British newspaper “The Guardian” accused occupation forces of “destroying the buildings.” Was accused of “arming”. facilities in the Gaza Strip, “that is, it is to deal with them on the basis of an armed unit.
The Guardian quotes experts as saying that Israel is systematically destroying Palestinians' cultural heritage sites and their daily urban infrastructure, as the destruction of buildings in the Gaza Strip deprives residents of their homes, students of their right to education. Is not limited to. Right of patients to be admitted to hospital.
According to the UN envoy on the right to adequate housing, destroying buildings is a form of murder of communities and their collective memory.