UN Report: Rebuilding destroyed homes in Gaza could take until 2040

The report highlights the extensive damage caused by the conflict, with at least 370,000 housing units in Gaza damaged, including 79,000 completely destroyed. UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner emphasized the dire situation, stating that “every additional day that this war continues is exacting huge and compounding costs to Gazans and all Palestinians.”

A recent report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia has shed light on the extensive damage caused by the recent conflict in Gaza. According to the report, if the war were to stop today, it would take until at least 2040 to rebuild all the homes destroyed in Israel’s bombardment and ground offensives.

The conflict, which erupted between Israel and Hamas, has left Gaza’s infrastructure in ruins. At least 370,000 housing units in Gaza have been damaged, with 79,000 completely destroyed, according to the report. The widespread destruction has resulted in a dire humanitarian crisis, with thousands of Palestinians displaced and in urgent need of shelter, food, and medical assistance.

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner emphasized the urgent need for action, stating that “every additional day that this war continues is exacting huge and compounding costs to Gazans and all Palestinians.”

The report also highlights the challenges facing reconstruction efforts. After previous Israel-Hamas conflicts, housing was rebuilt at a rate of only 992 units per year. Even with a five-fold increase in construction material entering Gaza, it would still take until 2040 to rebuild the destroyed houses, without repairing the damaged ones.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas, which began on [start date], has resulted in a devastating toll on both sides. The recent escalation of violence has left over [number] Palestinians dead, including [number] children, and [number] Israelis dead. The fighting has also caused extensive damage to infrastructure, including roads, schools, hospitals, and water and sanitation facilities.

International efforts to broker a ceasefire have so far been unsuccessful, with both sides continuing to exchange fire. The United Nations and other humanitarian organizations have called for an immediate end to the violence and for all parties to respect international law and protect civilians.

The findings of the UNDP report underscore the urgent need for international support and assistance to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and to facilitate the region’s recovery and reconstruction.