2:12 PM ET, November 21, 2023
Satellite data shows that 50% of buildings in northern Gaza have been damaged in the 6-week war.
From CNN’s Niamh Kennedy and Henrik Pettersson in London
The Israel-Hamas war has damaged up to 50% of buildings in northern Gaza and Gaza governorates since Oct. 7, according to an analysis of SAR satellite data by New York Graduate University researchers. Center and Oregon State University.
Here’s what researchers found about different parts of Gaza from October 7 to November 18:
- At least 20% of buildings The entire Gaza Strip May be damaged.
- About 18,300 to 23,500 buildings may have been damaged Northern GazaEqual to 40% to 51% of the governorate’s buildings.
- In Gaza Governorate, it belongs to the capital of the enclave, Gaza CityBetween 24,600 and 31,300 buildings may have been damaged by the fighting, accounting for 40% to 50% of the buildings there.
Researchers told CNN that since November 10, there has been a significant increase in damage to buildings in the governorates of Khan Younis and Deir al-Bala, where Israel has repeatedly told civilians to flee the north.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said last week that the country’s forces were in control of northern Gaza.
There are Israel Defense Forces Pamphlets were dropped In parts of southern Gaza, Khan is warning communities east of Yunis to “move toward known shelters,” signaling a possible expansion of Israeli ground offensives to the south.
About Satellite Data: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images are different from normal satellite images. It is created by transmitting radar beams that can pass through clouds. The beams bounce off objects on the ground and bounce back to the satellite; Their jumps are mapped by satellite and a SAR image is generated.