The United Nations Satellite Center reported that 30% of structures in Gaza have been destroyed or damaged, based on satellite imagery analysis.
In response, the UAE announced a $5 million aid package for the reconstruction of Gaza. The funding is designated to support the efforts of Sigrid Kaag, the United Nations Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza. During her visit to the UAE, Kaag met with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Gaza resulting from the conflict.
Sheikh Abdullah emphasized the urgent need for a ceasefire and ensuring the delivery of humanitarian, relief, and medical aid to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. The UN Satellite Center's analysis revealed a significant impact on Gaza, with 30% of buildings affected.
Among the staggering figures, 69,147 structures were identified as affected, with 22,131 classified as destroyed, 14,066 severely damaged, and 32,950 sustaining moderate damage. The satellite imagery, captured from January 6–7, was compared with previous sets, including images from before the Israeli offensive.
Notably, the regions of Gaza City and Khan Younis showed the most substantial increase in damage since the earlier analysis. These areas witnessed 10,280 and 11,894 newly damaged structures, respectively, compared to UNOSAT's previous assessment based on images from November 26.
The scale of destruction highlights the severity of the situation in Gaza, underscoring the need for international support in reconstruction efforts. Since the beginning of the conflict on October 7, more than 27,000 people have lost their lives, and another 66,287 have sustained injuries in Gaza. The UAE's financial contribution aims to aid in rebuilding the affected areas and addressing the immediate humanitarian needs of the population.