Palestinian official: Israel’s raids have destroyed 15 homes since the beginning of the escalation

Gaza / Nour Abu Aisha / Anadolu Agency

A Palestinian government official in the Gaza Strip said, on Saturday, that the continuous Israeli raids since dawn last Tuesday led to the destruction of about 15 homes in different areas.

This came during a press conference held by Salama Maarouf, head of the government media office (run by Hamas), at Al-Shifa Medical Complex in Gaza City.

Maarouf added: “Until this moment, the occupation destroyed 15 houses, with a total of 51 housing units, totally demolished, and 940 housing units were damaged, of which 49 units were uninhabitable.”

He explained that “the estimated initial value of losses in the housing sector, as a result of the aggression on Gaza, amounted to approximately $5 million.”

He stated that “the agricultural sector was exposed as a result of the aggression to direct losses and damages exceeding 3 million dollars, as a result of preventing the export of more than a thousand tons of agricultural products, as a result of the cessation of hunting and the exposure of agricultural lands to bombing.”

Maarouf condemned Israel’s continued closure of “the Gaza Strip crossings, for the fifth consecutive day, preventing the entry of needs, goods and medicines, as well as preventing patients from leaving for treatment in West Bank hospitals.”

Since dawn on Saturday, Israeli warplanes targeted at least 4 houses in different areas of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army continues to launch its raids on the Strip for the fifth day in a row, while the Palestinian armed factions respond by firing several bursts of rockets from the Strip towards Israeli settlements, cities and municipalities.

Since dawn on Tuesday, Israeli planes have carried out attacks on Gaza, killing 33 Palestinians, including 6 children and 3 women, and 6 leaders of the “Quds Brigades,” the military wing of the “Islamic Jihad” movement, in addition to injuring 147 others with various injuries. On Wednesday, the Palestinian factions began, In response, missile barrages reached Tel Aviv and cities in the center of the country.

Regional and international parties are making efforts to stop the new Israeli escalation in Gaza, but they have not yet achieved a breakthrough towards calm.

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