© Reuters. Palestinians collect on the web site of an Israeli strike on a home, because the battle between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas continues, in Rafah within the southern Gaza Strip, December 19, 2023. REUTERS/Shadi Tabatibi/File Photo
GENEVA (Reuters) – Satellite imagery analysed by the United Nations Satellite Centre reveals that 30% of Gaza Strip’s buildings have been destroyed or broken within the Israel offensive within the densely populated Palestinian enclave.
Israel’s assault, launched in response to assaults by Hamas militants in southern Israel on Oct. 7, has killed greater than 27,000 Palestinians, based on well being authorities within the Hamas-run territory.
Air strikes, shelling and demolitions have razed complete metropolis districts, together with a lot civilian infrastructure.
“In total, a staggering 69,147 structures, equivalent to approximately 30% of the Gaza Strip’s total structures, are affected,” the United Nations Satellite Centre, UNOSAT, mentioned.
It mentioned 22,131 buildings within the enclave have been recognized as destroyed, with a further 14,066 deemed severely broken and 32,950 having sustained average injury.
UNOSAT used satellite tv for pc imagery from Jan. 6-7, which it in contrast with six different units of images, together with some courting from earlier than the Israeli offensive.
UNOSAT mentioned that the areas of Gaza City and Khan Younis had skilled essentially the most vital enhance in injury for the reason that earlier evaluation.
The two areas have seen 10,280 and 11,894 newly broken buildings respectively, in contrast with UNOSAT’s earlier evaluation primarily based on images from Nov. 26.
UNOSAT’s evaluation additionally confirmed that an estimated 93,800 housing models have been broken within the Gaza Strip.
About 1,200 individuals had been killed within the Hamas raid on Israel that triggered the offensive.