Israel is notorious for bombing innocents in the Gaza Strip. During Israel’s final three-day military offensive against the besieged enclave on August 5, 49 people, including 17 children and four women, were killed.
Israeli air and artillery strikes also hit several targets in Gaza that it claimed belonged to Islamic Jihad, destroying refugee camps and more than 1,500 homes, displacing about 450 Palestinians from homes that were completely damaged.
Called “Operation Breaking Dawn,” the Qatar Red Crescent Society has since launched a “Dedication to Gaza” campaign to raise $2.7 million to rebuild the destroyed homes.
The bloody attack on Gaza came just a year after the 11-day Israeli strike in May 2021, which killed and injured civilians, displaced tens of thousands, destroyed homes and vital infrastructure and severely disrupted the provision of basic services.
Health centers and media offices, as well as schools and mosques, were among the structures targeted. Wheat farms were scorched.
As a result, most people sought temporary shelter in schools, or with friends and family, before finally returning home. However, some 1,800 families – some 10,000 people – are still unable to return.
After the bombing ended, the Palestinian Ministry of Housing in Gaza announced that it had suffered $479 million in damage and losses were incurred in the housing, infrastructure, development and economy sectors.
Promises of aid to “rebuild homes and roads” and “support the citizens of Gaza” poured in, largely directly to UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
Adnan Abu Hasna, UNRWA’s spokesman in Gaza, said the Agency has received $60 million from donors to repair and rebuild homes. Egypt and Qatar, in particular, have each pledged $500 million for reconstruction.
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In addition, Malaysia launched a “united” fund to support the Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip.
And while Israel agreed to lift restrictions on access to building materials into Gaza last August, Gaza officials say Israel continues to pressure donors not to fund reconstruction projects.
The $479 million damage came after the 2020 UN report found that the blockade pushed more than a million Palestinians in Gaza below the poverty line and cost the enclave $16.9 billion.
The UN report came alongside the 2019 Gaza Ministry of Social Development announcement that poverty and unemployment in the Strip reached nearly 75 percent as a result of Israel’s two-day attack on Gaza in November, codenamed “Operation Black Belt.” “. .
Israeli officials boasted of their “great victory” over “terror” in the Gaza Strip, which killed 34 Palestinians, including eight children and three women, and injured 111 others.
Ahead of Israel’s “Operation Black Belt” on Gaza, the Palestinian housing minister announced in February 2019 that 90 percent of the homes Israel destroyed during the 2014 military offensive against Gaza had been rebuilt from the millions brought in for projects that contribute to the reconstruction of Palestinian homes.
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However, Gaza’s Ministry of Social Development added in its press release that since Israel’s “Operation Black Belt” on Gaza, 70 percent of the population has been food insecure. This, it continued, was the result of “the aggressive Israeli practices that have increased since the Second Intifada, which broke out in 2000, and stripped thousands of Palestinians of their jobs.”
As a result, the Palestinian economy was unable to “create new jobs to accommodate those untrained workers.”
“The Israeli blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip since 2006, restricting the movement of civilians and goods, in addition to three wars in 2008-2012-2014, and the division of the Palestinian armed forces, created a complex and difficult political, economic and social reality.”
Also in 2019, after “Operation Black Belt”, the head of the People’s Committee to the Israeli Siege of Gaza, MP Jamal Al-Khodari, said that Gaza still needs $280 million to rebuild houses demolished during the Israeli offensive of 2014 on the enclave, which lasted 51 days and killed 2,200 people and caused massive damage to the buildings and infrastructure of the Strip.
Al-Khodari said in a statement that the reconstruction of these houses is a “humanitarian, ethical and legal matter”, noting that women, children and men who used to live in these houses “are currently homeless”.
Watching their homes bombed and reduced to mountains of rubble-strewn holes each time after reconstruction and barely recovering has become a vicious circle in brutal Gaza, home to more than two million people.
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It has been repeatedly proven that the international community expressing concern and providing aid has shown little resistance to Israel’s 15-year blockade. The UN predicted in 2012 that Gaza would be uninhabitable by 2020. Unfortunately, due to numerous measures, the prediction has turned out to be correct.
How many times does Gaza have to be rebuilt to be bombed again so that the international community understands that the reality is that Gaza has a future without destruction and suffering, must put an end to the inhumane land, sea and air blockade that has been imposed by apartheid Israel is the only solution?
The crippling siege of the Gaza Strip protects no one but the Israeli regime and its freedom to kill, maim and traumatize Palestinians without any consequences.
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