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Israel has caused '$5 billion' damage to Gaza homes, infrastructure
Published Monday 04/08/2014 (updated) 05/08/2014 11:36
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A Palestinian man inspects the damage following an overnight
Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on July 3, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's offensive on Gaza has caused over $5 billion of damage to homes and infrastructure in the Strip, the Minister of Public Works said Monday.

Minister Mufeed al-Hasayneh, a resident of Gaza, told Ma'an that the amount of money is likely to increase as the assault continues.

Some 10,000 homes have been completely destroyed, and 30,000 homes partially destroyed, al-Hasayneh said.

"The three areas that have undergone the most intense destruction are Shujaiyya, Beit Hanoun, and Abasan," the minister said.

"Ministry crews were astonished when they arrived to Shujaiyya, where some 110,000 people live. Sixty percent of the homes were completely destroyed, especially those in the eastern part of the neighborhood."

The minister said it would take $5 billion to rebuild structures alone, "not including possessions, like furniture and cars."

"The offensive destroyed buildings belonging to Gaza governorates, in addition to police stations and national security buildings," al-Hasayneh said.

The diesel containers belonging to Gaza's power plant have been destroyed as well, he said.

Al-Hasayneh says the "containers will cost $25 million, and there are ten power lines that supply Gaza with power and have been cut off" as well.

He added that 70 percent water wells had been completely destroyed, "in addition to waste water lines."

According to UN figures, up to 485,000 people -- a quarter of Gaza's population -- has been forced to leave their homes throughout the assault on the Strip.

Many of them will return to find their homes destroyed or damaged.
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1 ) Barak O. / USA
05/08/2014 03:05
No, Hamas caused it. If you can't print the truth, peace will never come to the region.

2 ) Outlier / USA
05/08/2014 03:09
As Hamas caused this conflict, it - and ONLY it - should pay every cost of Gaza recovery from its own funds.

3 ) Jafar M. Ramini / UK.
05/08/2014 10:34
Send the bill of compensation for damage to property, loss of life and injuries to the USA Congress. Their sophisticated state of the art weapons and blanket diplomatic cover for Israel are the cause of all this carnage and genocide. Then please go to the ICC and lodge a complaint against Israel for genocide in Gaza. Anything less is just hot air.

4 ) Salim / Canada
05/08/2014 21:15
The money that was stashed away in safe heavens by Hamas and PLO leaders for their personal use should be more than enough to pay twice the costs of entirely re-building Gaza with modern housing and infrastructure. The least that those leaders can do is return the funds that they stole.

5 ) H. Hoffer / US
06/08/2014 02:50
Well, let HAMAS open it's coffers and come to the aid of their loyal subjects who they love so dearly. I'm sure UNHRA will be coming to the rescue and of course Qatar and Turkey will be sending relief $ teams. And when all is lost they can go around the world for all the protesters who will be happy to kick in. Before long they'll have a DisneyWorld amusement park on their beachfront. Never frret the leeding hearts of the world will be flocking to their door pleading to help
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