Gaza Buried Under Four Million Tons of Uncleared Rubble: Group

TEL AVIV, Israel - The recent war in Gaza left up to 4 million tons of rubble that cannot be removed from the Palestinian enclave without around $30 million in aid, according to an environmental advocacy group in the West Bank. The debris is equal to five times that produced by the 2012 Israeli incursion, and would typically take between six and eight months to remove, according to the Environmental Education Center, with is part of the Lutheran Church. Gazan officials are almost totally ill-equipped to deal with this sort of operation, the group said.

More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed during seven weeks of bombing and fighting, some 11,000 injured and 10,000 buildings damaged. Meanwhile, 72 Israelis died — 67 of them soldiers. This is the highest fatality rate since Israel’s 2006 war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

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- Lawahez Jabari