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Israeli Airstrikes Demolish Over 83 Mosques in Gaza

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza has taken a heavy toll on the religious sites of the Palestinian enclave, where more than 80 mosques have been completely demolished by Israeli airstrikes, according to local authorities. Another 170 mosques have suffered partial damage, affecting the worship and spiritual life of the residents of Gaza.

The Palestinian community in Gaza has accused Israel of deliberately targeting mosques as part of its military strategy, following previous attacks on hospitals and other civilian infrastructure. They say that Israel is violating international law and human rights by destroying places of worship without any justification or evidence of security threats.

Israel, however, has defended its actions, claiming that some of the mosques were used by the Palestinian militant group Hamas to store weapons, launch rockets, or hide tunnels. Israel has also said that it tries to minimize civilian casualties and warns residents before striking certain buildings.

The destruction of mosques has sparked outrage and fear among Palestinians, who see their faith and identity under attack. Mosques are not only places of prayer, but also centers of social and cultural activities, education, and charity. Many of the mosques that were destroyed had historical and architectural significance, dating back to centuries ago.

The escalating violence has also raised concerns among the international community, which has called for an immediate ceasefire and a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League, and several countries have condemned the attacks on mosques and other civilian targets, and urged both sides to respect international humanitarian law and human rights.

The conflict, which started on October 7, has killed more than 13,000 people in Gaza, including more than 100 women and children, and injured more than 40,000, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Israel has said it killed at least 225 militants during the fighting. More than 7,000 people have been displaced and hundreds of thousands have been left without electricity, water, or fuel. The humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire, as aid agencies struggle to deliver assistance amid the blockade and the bombardment.

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