The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

Gaza damage costs more than $1.47 billion: Hamas


GAZA (AFP) - Israel's eight-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip has caused more than US$1.2 billion (S$1.47 billion) in direct and indirect damage, a spokesman for the Hamas government said on Sunday.

Mr Taher al-Nunu told reporters in Gaza City that the direct damage caused by more than a week of Israeli aerial bombardment had cost US$545 million, while indirect damage added up to some US$700 million.

He 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 added.