Israel has so far destroyed 161 mosques in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Awqaf Minister Yousef Dois said yesterday.
He said 41 mosques were completely destroyed and 120 were partially destroyed during the war adding that a number of religious institutions have also been attacked.
Dois continued by saying Israel is taking advantage of the fact that the world’s attention is on Gaza and using this to stop Muslim worshippers from gaining access to Al-Aqsa Mosque. He said rabbis are delivering provocative speeches.
Families return to Beit Lahia in northern Gaza to pick up the pieces but find their homes almost completely destroyed.
By: Mohammed Omer
BEIT LAHIA, Gaza Strip – When Israel and Palestinian factions announced a 72-hour ceasefire, Umm Feras Abuelneen, 35, had few choices left open to her except to return to her apartment at al-Nada residential towers in Beit Lahia.
She expected little, but what met her eyes when she reached her home in the northern Gaza Strip was worse. The whole apartment was bombed and smashed. Dust and debris lay scattered everywhere, as if a hurricane had smashed straight into the center of it.
“They [Israel] bombed the hell out of our homes, with their Hellfire missiles, drones, tank-shells and gas which irritates the skin and eyes of my children,” says Abuelneen.