Washington Post Maps Israel's Destruction of Gaza

Chris Menahan
Dec. 23, 2023

The Washington Post on Saturday mapped out the complete and utter devastation of Gaza by Israel through their relentless, indiscriminate bombing campaign.

From The Washington Post, "Israel has waged one of this century's most destructive wars in Gaza":
The Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip has been unlike any other in the 21st century.

In response to the unprecedented assault by Hamas on Oct. 7, Israeli airstrikes and a ground invasion that began 20 days later have destroyed large swaths of the besieged territory, killed at least 20,057 people and displaced a vast majority of the population.

The most ferocious attacks have come from the air, flattening entire city blocks and cratering the landscape.

The Washington Post analyzed satellite imagery, airstrike data and U.N. damage assessments, and interviewed more than 20 aid workers, health-care providers, and experts in munitions and aerial warfare. The evidence shows that Israel has carried out its war in Gaza at a pace and level of devastation that likely exceeds any recent conflict, destroying more buildings, in far less time, than were destroyed during the Syrian regime's battle for Aleppo from 2013 to 2016 and the U.S.-led campaign to defeat the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, in 2017.

The Post also found that the Israeli military has conducted repeated and widespread airstrikes in proximity to hospitals, which are supposed to receive special protection under the laws of war. Satellite imagery reviewed by Post reporters revealed dozens of apparent craters near 17 of the 28 hospitals in northern Gaza, where the bombing and fighting were most intense during the first two months of war, including 10 craters that suggested the use of bombs weighing 2,000 pounds, the largest in regular use.
"There's no safe space. Period," said Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who visited Gaza on Dec. 4. "I haven't passed one street where I didn't see destruction of civilian infrastructure, including hospitals."

The war has wounded more than 53,320 people, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. More than 7,700 Palestinian children have been killed, and women and children make up around 70 percent of the dead, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which also says that 1.9 million people have been displaced, equivalent to 85 percent of the population. The vast majority of Gazan civilians fleeing the invasion are not allowed by Israel and Egypt to leave.

"The scale of Palestinian civilian deaths in such a short period of time appears to be the highest such civilian casualty rate in the 21st century," said Michael Lynk, who served as the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories from 2016 to 2022.
Though the Post was too cowardly to say it outright, they strongly implied the purpose of leveling Gaza and crippling their hospitals was to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians from their land (Israel drew up secret plans to send everyone to Egypt, Europe and Canada at the start of the war and Israeli officials later publicly announced their intent to foist their refugees on the West in the Wall Street Journal):
Several humanitarian workers interviewed by The Post noted that Israel's campaign in Gaza, and its destruction of hospitals and homes, will likely create additional suffering, such as hunger, lack of shelter and the spread of communicable diseases, that could eventually kill more people than the bombs and fighting.

Sahloul said he believed the only explanation for so many attacks on civilian sites, which should have been protected by the laws of war, was that such attacks were intentional.

"People in Syria told me they can tolerate bombs and missiles, but if there's no doctors in town and no hospitals, they usually leave," he said. "So I would have to assume that if it is intentional, the goal is to force the population to leave. And when they leave, they don't come back."
The AP on Friday released their own map of the devastation in Gaza, noting that "the vast majority of bombs dropped on the besieged enclave are U.S.-made":

As I reported on Friday, Israel's war on Gaza is killing children at 100 times the rate of Russia's war with Ukraine.

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