The current crisis in Gaza is catastrophic in and of itself but if we take a step back and look at the numbers behind the crisis, the realities of the occupation take on a completely new light. From the rising death toll to the shocking level of destruction, here is a look at Gaza in numbers.
The Death & Injured
So far, the already staggering death toll continues to rise to the point where today, it has reached a total of about 11,000, 4,506 of which are children and 3,207 are women. The number of injured is more than double with over 30,000 people struggling with major injuries. Unfortunately, many citizens were also stuck under the rubble, totaling 2551 trapped.
With the ongoing massive destruction, more and more of Gaza is getting obliterated. So far, 53,700 buildings have been completely destroyed. Along with that, 790 industrial facilities were also destroyed as well as 214 schools. The current attacks are the kind that leave nothing behind and that is why even holy places of worship were victims to massive destruction. 64 entire mosques and three churches were destroyed including the Greek Orthodox Church that was demolished through an influx of severe airstrikes.
The Media & Journalists
Since the start of the crisis, the true heroes turned out to be young Palestinian journalists, documenting everything happening on-ground, in the face of extreme danger. The risk taken to showcase the truth has sadly led to the death of about 40 journalists. Leaving no stone unturned, the Israeli forces also managed to destroy 111 press headquarters.
According to the UN, if there is no ceasefire for yet another month, the poverty rate in Palestine is expected to climb 34 percent. This means that half a million more citizens will be pushed into poverty. If the attacks continue for a third month, it is expected that the poverty rate will rise to 45 percent.
The Impending Decline
Along with poverty, the extensive level of damage faced by Gaza may mean that the entire strip and its human development will likely be put back by 11 to 16 years. According to ESCWA executive secretary Rola Dashti, “economic recovery in Gaza following a ceasefire will not be immediate, considering the large-scale displacement of the population, the massive levels of destruction and uncertain access to resources, including materials and equipment owing to the siege on Gaza.”
If these shocking and colossal numbers are not enough to bring to light how Gaza has turned into a literal prison of constant destruction, it is hard to imagine what could possibly paint a clearer picture.