GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A five-story building that was targeted during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip collapsed Tuesday afternoon in the central city of Deir al-Balah.
Officials at the Civil Defense told Ma’an that the building belongs to the Zeiter family and had been shelled during last summer’s offensive on Gaza.
The collapse caused damage to a three-story building next door, with no injuries reported.
Last summer’s war between Israel and Palestinian militant groups destroyed 12,400 houses and damaged over 160,000 homes.
Despite an outpouring of international support for the reconstruction of Gaza following the war, a coalition of international human rights groups reported Monday that six months after donors pledged billions of dollars for devastated Gaza most of the money remains blocked, and reconstruction efforts are painfully slow.
“Without economic, social and political stability, a return to conflict — and the cycles of damage and donor-funded reconstruction that accompany it — is inevitable,” the coalition warned in the report.