Infograph: Israel destroyed or damaged 55 percent of buildings in Gaza as of 9 March 2024

Mohamed Hatem , Thursday 14 Mar 2024

Israel's airstrikes and bombardment of Gaza from 7 October 2023 through 9 March 2024 have resulted in the destruction or damage of an estimated 157,200 buildings -- a whopping 55 percent of all buildings in the strip.

An image shows Hamad City in Khan Younis before and after the Israeli attacks on the neighbourhood


These were the findings in a report by the Decentralized Damage Mapping Group (DDMG), a loose network of researchers who use public satellite imagery for monitoring the impacts of conflict.

The DDMG report is based on the analysis of satellite imagery from the European Space Agency and European Commission’s Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2, a group of Earth-observing satellites.

According to DDMG's breakdown, approximately 77,500 structures in northern Gaza and 22,200 in central Gaza have been affected, with an additional 57,500 buildings damaged or destroyed in the southern parts of the strip.


Source: Decentralized Damage Mapping Group (DDMG)


Hundreds of civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and schools, have been targetted -- damaged or destroyed.

By mid-January, roughly half of Gaza's buildings had been impacted, with nearly three-fourths damaged or destroyed in the northern parts of Gaza.

As of 11 March, up to 1.7 million Gazans, over 75 percent of the population, have been displaced across the Gaza Strip, some multiple times, due to Israel's indiscriminate bombing, according to a report released Wednesday by UNRWA on the situation in the war-torn Palestinian territory.

Israel's war has killed nearly 32,000 Palestinians and wounded nearly 75,000, mostly women and children, according to the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been facing near-famine conditions due to a near-all-out Israeli blockade on the strip since 7 October.

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