Radiance News Service
Dec. 8: According to the Middle East Monitor, the Gazan Ministry of Culture has recorded that Israeli strikes have bombed eight museums since the beginning of the war, including the Rafah Museum, Al-Qarara Museum and the Khan Yunis Museum, in addition to destroying major historical landmarks in Old Gaza including churches, mosques, museums and archaeological sites.
Israeli warplanes bombed the ancient Othman Bin Qashqar Mosque in the Old City of Gaza on December 7th, 2023. The strike also killed multiple locals and damaged homes. The mosque was built in 620AH in the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, east of Gaza City, and is considered one of the oldest mosques and archaeological sites in the Gaza Strip.
The latest in this list of destruction is the airstrike on the Omari Mosque, built between 5 and 7 AD, with some dating it to the 4th century, initially used as a church and later as a mosque. Located in the Daraj neighbourhood in Gaza, it is considered one of the most important and oldest mosques in Palestine and the first mosque in the Gaza Strip. The mosque was named after Umar ibn Khattab RA, and which was later described as “the beautiful mosque” by traveller Ibn Battuta.