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Gaza suffers $244m in losses due to Israel bombs, report says

May 19, 2021 at 1:54 pm

Search and rescue works are conducted after air strikes by Israeli army hit residential buildings in Gaza on 16 May 2021 [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency]

The besieged Gaza  Strip has incurred $244 million in losses due to the ongoing Israeli air strikes, the government in Gaza has said.

The media office said in a statement that the Israeli warplanes, artillery and warships have launched more than 1,615 raids and attacks since 10 May against homes, residential buildings, government headquarters and the Strip’s infrastructure, including roads, electricity, water and sewage networks causing nearly $244 million in direct and indirect losses.

According to the statement, Israel has so far bombed more than 8,247 homes causing partial to severe damage to them as well as 57 schools, health facilities and primary care clinics that sustained partial to severe damage.

“The aggression has incurred $27 million in direct losses sustained by the economic and commercial establishments, including the bombing of the industrial zone and a number of factories,” the statement said, adding that the bombing of streets and infrastructure including water and sewage networks is estimated to have caused $22 million in losses, in addition to $12 million in losses sustained by the energy sector due to the bombing of power networks, transformers and power lines.

The Israeli aggression resulted in the killing of 213 Palestinians, including 61 children and 36 women, and wounding 1,442 others.

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