After whole neighborhoods were leveled and bombs and tank fire blasted houses, schools, and hospitals, the area in northern Gaza is now a barren moonscape because of Israel’s military onslaught.
Due to the escalating ground conflict, about one million Palestinians have left the northern region, including Gaza City, the capital. As displaced families try to comprehend the magnitude of the disaster and their future in the aftermath of the conflict, any sense of relief will be swiftly replaced by fear.
Astonishing devastation and the loss of over 13,000 Palestinian lives have resulted from the Israeli army’s use of heavy bombs in densely populated residential areas. According to Hamas, Israel is carelessly attacking people, and the group disputes the accusation. Nearly half of Gaza’s structures have been either damaged or destroyed, turning the whole northern region into a giant ghost town. Many people question if Gaza can ever recover since the United Nations estimates that 1.7 million people have been made homeless.
The World Health Organization reports that 27 out of 35 hospitals in Gaza have been rendered inoperable due to the ongoing conflict. Destroying other essential infrastructure will have long-term effects. The United Nations reports that the whole enclave has been leveled, destroying grain mills and bakeries as well as agricultural, water, and sanitary infrastructure. Additionally, more than 41,000 dwellings are deemed uninhabitable due to the destruction.
Based on the data, the southern part of Gaza, which is experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe due to a lack of food, water, and fuel, has not been hit as hard as other areas.
Meanwhile, displaced families must decide where to live.
Israel has urged people in southern Gaza to flee to Muwasi, while inhabitants of Gaza have called for evacuation advisories because of the recent rise in damage. Israel and Hamas are now in the process of negotiating a four-day ceasefire that would enable more humanitarian supplies to reach Gaza and allow the swap of Israeli captives for Palestinian inmates.
The Palestinians, who have dubbed this mass evacuation the “nakba” or “catastrophe,” are opposed to leaving Gaza, while some have quietly acknowledged that they will not be able to remain until the conflict is over. It would take decades for Gaza to recover to its previous condition, and the $5 billion restoration work in Shijaiyah and across the territory is still underway.