Publish date9 Dec 2023 - 23:37
Story Code : 617485

Gazans outraged at images showing damage to medieval mosque

Gaza residents, on Friday, voiced grief and outrage after Hamas said Israel had bombed the enclave’s medieval Omari Mosque, causing widespread damage to a cherished landmark, Reuters reports.
Gazans outraged at images showing damage to medieval mosque
Ahmed Nemer, 45, a tailor who lived on the street next to the Omari Mosque, said he was speechless after seeing the photographs of the damaged building from south Gaza, where he fled to seek shelter from the bombardment.
"I have been praying there and playing around it all through my childhood," he said, accusing Israel of “trying to wipe out our memories”.
There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military to a Reuters question about damage to the Mosque.
Mohammad Rajab, a taxi driver from Gaza City who has also fled to the south from his home a few hundred metres (yards) from the Mosque, spoke of it as the city’s most important local landmark. This is barbaric
he said.
The Omari Mosque, named after Islam’s second caliph, Omar, is the oldest and biggest in the tiny Palestinian enclave, which has been under Israeli bombardment since a 7 October Hamas attack that Israel says killed 1,200 people.
Israel’s assault has killed more than 17,000 Palestinians, according to health authorities in the Territory, and has laid waste to entire city districts, including much civilian infrastructure.
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