The Israel-Hamas war, which started on October 7, 2023, has caused widespread damage to civilian infrastructure in Gaza, including mosques, churches, schools and hospitals. According to various sources, the estimated number of damaged buildings are as follows:
Mosques: 101 places of worship have been demolished by Israeli air strikes, while an additional seven churches and mosques have sustained damage.
Churches: 3 exact number is available, but some churches have been affected by the shelling, such as the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrius, which was hit by a missile on October 16.
Schools: At least 265 schools have been damaged by Israeli attacks, affecting more than 42,000 students, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
Hospitals: At least 23 hospitals and 131 health facilities have been damaged, reducing the already limited healthcare capacity in Gaza, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
These numbers are likely to increase as the conflict continues and more assessments are conducted. The destruction of civilian infrastructure has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where more than 1.8 million people are living under a blockade and facing shortages of food, water, electricity, and medical supplies.