The toll of Israeli strikes on Gaza: Mapping the destruction left behind

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A building in Gaza City housing the offices of the Associated Press and other media organizations was hit by an Israeli airstrike on May 15. (photo: Khalil Hamra / AP)
Data released by the U.N. this week shows that it could take years for Gaza to rebuild after the Israeli bombings in May.

By Dylan Moriarty and Ruby Mellen  |The Washington Post | June 11, 2021

“It completely blocked the transportation of the patients to the clinics…It really hindered the access to care. They had to walk.”
— Ely Sok, Doctors Without Borders

The destruction to Gaza during the 11-day conflict between Hamas and Israel in May was heavy and widespread, with damage afflicting hundreds of buildings and dozens of roads, an initial United Nations analysis shows.

The data, based on preliminary analysis of satellite imagery taken on May 28, and released by the U.N. Institute for Training and Research this week, underscores warnings from human rights groups and nongovernment organizations that Israeli bombings that the military said targeted Hamas militants severely impaired the territory’s infrastructure, and that it could take years to rebuild.

The destruction, which can be seen across the entire 25-mile strip was concentrated in the north, around Gaza City, and the southeast.

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