Maps Mania: Mapping Gaza’s Destroyed Buildings

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The Guardian has utilized satellite imagery and open-source evidence to visually document the extensive destruction of buildings and land in Gaza. A story-map titled How war destroyed Gaza’s neighbourhoods presents satellite imagery of three neighborhoods in Gaza (Beit Hanoun, al-Zahra and Khan Younis), showcasing the devastation of civilian infrastructure by Israel.

In The Guardian’s map, the demolished buildings are highlighted in red using satellite imagery. It becomes evident that there is very little civilian infrastructure remaining in the three neighborhoods, making it more feasible to highlight the undamaged buildings instead. The map also incorporates video evidence of the Israeli attacks, illustrating the destruction of civilian infrastructure, including schools, mosques, hospitals, and residential homes. As a result, 1.9 million people have been displaced from their homes in Gaza, and The Guardian reports that the extent of destruction caused by Israel has led some experts to describe the situation in Gaza as ‘domicide’, indicating widespread, deliberate destruction that prevents displaced people from returning.

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