Damage Assessment

Of the 1.5 million people who live in the Gaza Strip, 50,000 sought temporary shelter during Israel's 22- day war against Hamas. An estimated 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed. With a tenuous cease-fire in effect, Palestinians have begun to assess the physical and economic damage incurred during operations intended to stop Hamas rocket fire into southern Israel. Estimated cost of reconstruction: $2 billion. The war brought 80 percent of economic activity to a halt.Unemployment was 42 percent before the offensive; it is expected to reach 62 percent. Four thousand residential homes were destroyed, as were 10 water and sewage networks, 13 mosques, 18 schools and 15 ministerial buildings.

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