Gaza Office – With a ceasefire holding at least temporarily, a detailed assessment of the damage now is emerging -- showing the true scale of the Israeli destruction of the Gaza Strip. According to the Gaza office of the Euro-Med Monitor for Human Rights, the numbers for the 35-day assault paint a shocking picture, and will only soar higher as bodies are dug out from the rubble and the people venture back into hard-hit areas to assess the full damage.
The totals to date:
- 1,942 Palestinians (459 children) were murdered, of whom 79% were civilians, compared to 67 Israelis (4% civilians).
- The deadliest days were Aug. 1 (152 Palestinians killed), July 29 (145) and July 30 (143).
- The highest death toll occurred in the Khan Yunis area in southern Gaza (546, including the massacre in Khuza’a), followed closely by Gaza City (436, including the mass killing in the Shejaya neighborhood) and Rafah (387).
- Among the dead are 16 health care personnel, 12 journalists and eleven UNRWA employees.
- 10,886 Palestinians are wounded, flooding over-taxed hospitals – including 3,009 children.
- 350,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes due to Israeli threats or home destruction, with about 236,000 seeking refuge in UN facilities. Others sheltered with friends and relatives – with multiple families often staying in one home.
Buildings and Equipment
- 10,765 homes were either destroyed or damaged.
- 321 businesses, factories and other places of industrial or commercial activity were damaged, as well as 19 financial institutions.
- 231 schools and six universities were damaged, compromising the education of 260,000 students.
- 140 mosques and churches were destroyed or damaged, as well as 12 cemeteries.
- 55 fishing boats were damaged, affecting 3,000 individuals dependent on them for a living, along with 22 nonprofit offices that provide charitable services.
- 25 hospitals and primary-care clinics, along with 14 ambulances, were damaged. Another 14 health facilities were forced to close due to their dangerous locations and a severe shortage of staff.
- 19 electricity-generation plants and nine water-supply and waste treatment facilities were hit, threatening the health and safety of nearly all of Gaza’s 1.8 million population.
- Direct economic losses total an estimated $2.3 billion.
- Lost work opportunities and other indirect costs add up to another $490 million.
“But the numbers do not tell the full, or even the real, story,” says Ramy Abdu, president of the Euro-Med Monitor. “Behind these statistics are pain, anguish, desperation and – especially for the children – a wide range of psychological after-effects from trauma. The Palestinians of Gaza will need significant, sustained help with rebuilding and healing, and the international community must both step up to the plate and hold Israel to account.”
To see the infographic of Israeli Assault on Gaza By Numbers in 35 Days: Here