|Current image of Gaza City looking west to the Mediterranean Sea|
Twenty-first century battles between the Hamas and Israel have devastated parts of the Gaza strip—mainly the Hamas strongholds. Israeli military easily monitors sites where Hamas rockets are fired into Israel. Retaliation by the Israeli war machine targets the areas around the Hamas rocket launching areas. Generally, neighborhoods avoiding catastrophic damage are those not used by Hamas as rocket launching sites, according to media reports.
|Arcmed al-Mashta Hotel on the Mediterranean Sea was built in 2011.|
|Downtown street in Gaza City, August 2017|
|Al-Zawiya marketplace is in one of Gaza’s City’s ten neighborhoods. It is one of the oldest markets in Gaza.|
|The port is strictly controlled by Israeli Navy; local fishermen can only go seven miles to sea for their catch|
|On a good day Gaza City’s only electric generating plant (top) produces enough power for eight hours|
|Gaza's size compared with San Francisco Bay Area|
|Seaview from the Al Deira hotel|
By contrast with the image above, the Al-Shatee refugee camp sits along the coast on Gaza City’s southside, February 2018.
From The Guardian:
Gaza City in numbers
History in 100 words