1,000 of Gaza’s 1,2000 mosques destroyed in Israeli strikes since Oct 7
GAZA: (Web Desk) Approximately 1,000 out of 1,2000 mosques in the Gaza Strip have been destroyed in Israeli attacks since October 7, revealed Palestinian authorities.
Israel launched an indiscriminate and relentless military campaign against the Gaza Strip on 7 October, killing over 25,000 people – mostly women and children – and wounding at least 62,000.
The Israeli offensive has displaced over 85 percent of Gaza’s population and enforced a total siege leading to acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine.
It has also destroyed at least 60 percent of the enclave’s infrastructure through repeated targeting of hospitals, schools, universities and more than 100 heritage sites.
In a statement, Gaza’s Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs said that over 100 Muslim preachers were also killed in the deadly Israeli offensive on the besieged enclave. He added that a church, several administrative buildings and Quranic schools were destroyed in the Israeli onslaught.
Arab News reported that these include the Great Omari Mosque, one of the most important and ancient mosques in historical Palestine, and the Church of Saint Porphyrius, thought to be the third oldest church in the entire world.
The statement said, “The reconstruction of these mosques will cost around $500 million.” It added, “The Israeli occupation continues to destroy dozens of cemeteries and dig up graves, violating their sanctity…and stealing the corpses inside, in a clear challenge to international charters and human rights.”
The statement maintained, “We appeal to the Arab and Islamic nations and people of conscience to fulfil their responsibilities towards the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,” it added.