The deadly Israeli military attacks against the blockaded Gaza Strip have destroyed nearly 5,000 Palestinian houses.
Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza’s Health Ministry spokesman, said on Tuesday that as many as 4,987 Palestinian homes had been destroyed due to the Israeli onslaught on the impoverished territory as of Monday.
The spokesman further said that a total number of 26,270 houses had been partially damaged, of which 4,136 are no longer habitable.
It was also noted that the number of the destroyed houses is expected to rise as the Israeli regime keeps hitting the besieged area.
On Tuesday, the United Nations (UN) reported that 215,000 Gazans have fled their homes. As the aria is blockaded, most of the Palestinians take shelter in the places designated by the UN.
The Israeli regime, nevertheless, has been targeting UN-designated shelters as well. In less than one week, the Israel regime has targeted two UN-run schools sheltering Palestinian families against the Israeli offensive.
According to reports, Israel shelled Abu Hussein School in Jabalia, located 4 kilometers north of Gaza City, early on Wednesday, killing at least 20 Palestinians and injuring scores of people.
On July 24, Israeli tank shells slammed into a school in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, which was being used as a shelter. Sixteen people were killed and hundreds of people were also wounded in the attack.
Since July 8, Israel has been targeting the Gaza Strip with military attacks. The air, sea and land strikes by Israel have so far killed more than 1,269 people and injured thousands of others in the coastal sliver.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel. While Israel says 53 Israeli soldiers have been killed in the war, Hamas puts the number at around 100.