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.
SOURCE: ReliefWeb, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics | By Gene Thorp And Robert E. Thomason - The Washington Post - January 23, 2009
No Home to Return to in Gaza Article | GAZA CITY, Jan. 22 -- When members of the Sultan family ran from their home as an Israeli tank shelled its northern wall, there was no time to shut the front door. There was also no need.