UN says 90 percent of buildings on Gaza’s eastern border destroyed amid Israel war

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About 90 percent – nearly 4,000 buildings – located along Gaza’s eastern border with Israel have been destroyed or damaged amid the ongoing war, according to a preliminary assessment of satellite imagery from the United Nations Satellite Center (UNOSAT) released on Monday.

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The UN analysis includes a comprehensive damage assessment (CDA) to detect damage and destruction within a stretch of land of 1 kilometer from the Armistice Demarcation Line in the Gaza Strip and the Occupied Palestinian Territory from several dates including October 15, 2023, November 7 2023, January 7 2023, and February 29, 2023, UNOSAT said.

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“Statistical analysis shows the rapid increase in damaged and destroyed buildings within the zone, from 15 percent to 90 percent between October 2023 and February 2024,” the UN agency said.

The agency’s satellite-derived analysis undertaken on February 29 on 4042 buildings within the zone, showed 3,033 buildings destroyed, 593 damaged and 416 with no visible damage.

As mediators eye a deal to halt the fighting in Gaza and prevent a wider regional spill, the Israeli military has said it would continue to press on its offensive and would not be distracted from its war against Hamas, triggered by the Palestinian militant group’s attack on October 7.

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