Gaza was devastated by this summer’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, which killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, 64 Israeli soldiers, and five Israeli civilians.
Israeli air strikes destroyed more 17,000 homes, 360 factories (about 10 percent of Gaza’s industrial capacity), and 42,000 acres of farmland. More than 100,000 Gazans have been displaced from their homes.
The Palestinian Authority says it will cost $7.8 billion to rebuild. Economists estimate the total economic damage in Gaza will be three times greater than it was in the last Israel-Gaza war in 2008-2009.
It’s depressing, and probably worse than you’d imagined.