The Gaza Strip has been a tumultuous place for a while and beneath the area are centuries of treasures that have yet to be unearthed and preserved, and the sites that are found are under constant risk of damage from the battles going on around.
“A bomb directly hit the Byzantine church during the last war, damaging its antique mosaic floors,” said Ahmed al-Bursh, Deputy Minister for Tourism and Antiquities.
Mr Bursh also said the Mamluk Al-Basha Palace and ancient walls in Gaza’s old quarter were also cracked from indirect hits.
Ministry officials say it will be difficult to repair the damage done to the Byzantine church, especially with short funds.
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