Israel destroys Gaza airport built by Morocco

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The Israeli occupation army blew up, Sunday, what remained of Gaza's international airport, located in the far south of the Strip in the city of Rafah.

Videos shared to social media showed explosives planted inside the building detonating as the military offensive intensifies in the region, where most of the Palestinians displaced from the north and center have been living since October 2023.

The Yasser Arafat Airport in Gaza, built with Moroccan assistance and modeled after Casablanca's Mohammed V International Airport, was inaugurated in 1998. Financed by Japan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Germany, the project involved Moroccan architects, commissioned by King Hassan II (1962-1999), under the direction of Amin El-Ori.

After the Second Intifada in 2000, the Israeli army reduced this infrastructure to rubble, gradually bringing it to a complete halt in December 2001.

By that time, the runway and the main building had been severely damaged, and the airport had been abandoned for more than 20 years.

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