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Gaza damage to cost $1.2b: Hamas spokesman

200 homes completely destroyed and another 8,000 partially damaged

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Gaza City: Israel’s eight-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip has caused more than $1.2 billion (Dh4.4 billion) in direct and indirect damages, a spokesman for the Hamas government said on Sunday.

“The total cost of damages caused by the Israeli aggression is $1.245 billion,” Taher Al Nunu told reporters in Gaza City.

He said direct damage caused by more than a week of Israeli aerial bombardment had cost $545 million while indirect damages added up to some $700 million.

Al Nunu said the eight-day operation had completely destroyed 200 homes and partially damaged another 8,000.

Another 42 non-residential buildings, including the Hamas government headquarters, were also completely destroyed, he said.

Three mosques and a health centre were levelled, and hundreds of official buildings were also partially razed, Al Nunu said.

During the operation, the Israeli military said it hit more than 1,500 targets, including 19 command centres, 26 weapons manufacturing and storage facilities and “hundreds of underground rocket launchers” as well as “dozens” of longer-range rocket launchers.

Statistics provided by the Hamas-run health ministry show that between November 14-21, 166 Gazans were killed, most of them civilians, and another 1,235 people were wounded.

Of those killed, at least 43 were children and 13 women, the emergency services and rights groups said.

In Israel, rocket fire from Gaza killed six Israelis — four civilians and two soldiers — while another 240 people were injured, the military said.