How much will it cost and how long will it take to rebuild Gaza?

Global News

The escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas is in its 22nd day and despite a brief lull, Israeli Prime Minister said Monday evening the country should prepare for a “prolonged campaign.”

But the extent of destruction in the Gaza Strip is already unimaginable.

Almost, because Gaza has seen this sort of devastation before.

READ MORE: Netanyahu tells Israelis to be ‘ready for prolonged campaign’

This is Israel’s third major offensive against Hamas since 2008, including Operation Cast Lead between Dec. 27, 2008 and Jan. 18, 2009 and Operation Pillar of Defense between Nov.  14 and 21, 2012.

About 3,500 homes in the Gaza Strip were completely destroyed during Operation Cast Lead, which also involved an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) ground incursion in the Gaza Strip.

The UN estimated at least 6,268 homes were destroyed or severely damaged and the Gaza Strip incurred about $2 billion in losses, including those to…

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