Israel shells historic mosque in central Gaza

Othman bin Qushqar
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GAZA – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) targeted the historic "Othman bin Qushqar" mosque in the old town of Gaza City on Thursday, causing injuries among Palestinians and material damage to nearby homes, according to Al-Mamlaka TV. اضافة اعلان

Established in 620 AH, the mosque, despite its small size, is one of the oldest and most significant historical sites in the Gaza Strip. Located in the Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City, it is adjacent to the Great Omari Mosque, which was also destroyed by the occupation.

Since the start of the aggression on the Gaza Strip, Israel has deliberately targeted Palestinian cultural heritage by destroying dozens of historical sites and ancient houses.

According to the Ministry of Culture, Israeli aircraft bombed eight museums, including the Rafah Museum, Khan Yunis Museum, and the Qarara Museum. Most parts of the historic district of Gaza City, including dozens of historical buildings, churches, mosques, museums, and archaeological sites, have been destroyed.

Some of the historical sites destroyed during the aggression in the Gaza Strip include:

Great Omari Mosque:One of the oldest and largest mosques in Palestine, located in the Daraj neighborhood, with a history dating back over 3,000 years. It is adjacent to the historic Qaysariya market.

St. Porphyrius Church (Church of the Cemetery):Also known as the Orthodox Church, it dates back to 425 AD and was renovated in 1856. Located in the Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza, it is surrounded by a Christian cemetery.

Rafah Museum (Southern Gaza):
A destination for those studying the history and long heritage of the Gaza Strip.

Hashem Palace Mosque:
One of the most important mosques in Gaza City's old town, with historical significance related to the grandfather of the Prophet Muhammad. It is located in the Zaytoun neighborhood.

Pasha Palace:
Located in the Daraj neighborhood, it suffered significant damage from Israeli shelling.

Al-Zafar Demiri Mosque: A historic site in the Shujaiya neighborhood that was completely destroyed.

Dar al-Saqqa Historical Site:
Built by Ahmad al-Saqqa in the 17th century, it was destroyed during the aggression.

Byzantine Church in Jabalia:
Dating back to the Byzantine era, this church in northern Gaza was completely destroyed.

Green Shrine in Deir al-Balah:
The first Christian monastery built in Palestine during the Byzantine period, partially damaged during the aggression.

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