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Group: $40 million worth of damage to Gaza mosques, cemeteries

Aug. 29, 2014 3:22 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 31, 2014 1:17 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel's military offensive on the Gaza Strip caused $40.4 million worth of damages to religious sites and cemeteries in Gaza, the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction said Thursday.

Over 73 mosques were completely destroyed, 205 partially destroyed, two churches damaged, and 10 cemeteries severely damaged, a report by PECDAR said.

In total, over one third of Gaza's mosques were damaged.

The Latin Church in Gaza City suffered partial damage as a result of airstrikes, while the al-Omari Mosque in Jabaliya was completely destroyed.

The mosque is believed to have stood on the same site since 647 AD, and the portico and minaret date back to the medieval Mamluk period, or at least 500 years.

Over three times as many religious sites were damaged in Operation Protective Edge compared to Israel's deadly 2008-9 offensive on the besieged enclave.
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