The scale of the devastation caused by Israeli shelling on Gaza during the recent two-month assault has been shown in an online video, Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports.The brief footage, archived by Palestinian-based production company Media Town, was taken above Gaza City’s eastern suburb of Al-Shuja’eyya.
A series of buildings shattered or completely reduced to rubble can be seen in this footage, recorded at the end of August:
At least 2,140 Palestinians have been killed and more than 10,000 others injured in more than a month of devastating Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip since July 7, according to Al Ray.
A independently sourced photo montage of the devestation can be seen here. (Warning — extremely graphic images.)
Furthermore, Israel demolished many archaeological and historical sites — some dating over a thousand years — during its assault on the region.
Israel launched many attacks on ‚Äúhistorical sites and monuments in addition to the rest of Palestinian infrastructure,‚ÄĚ Hussam Abu El-Naser, from Beit al-Maqdis Institute, told Press TV.
He also noted that many mosques were destroyed or heavily damaged in the Israeli onslaught.
Since 2007, the Gaza Strip ‚Äď home to some 1.8 million Palestinians ‚Äď has reeled under a crippling Israeli blockade that has badly affected the local economy and played havoc with residents’ livelihoods, causing a decline in the standards of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.
Shelter Cluster, an international organization specializing in post-war reconstruction assessment, says that it will take 20 years for the Gaza Strip to be rebuilt.