Destroyed Gaza airport a shattered dream

The debris of the airport destroyed by Israel in 2001 now stands as a symbol of Gaza's broken connection to the world, and Palestinian statehood.

Destroyed Gaza airport a shattered dream

World Bulletin/News Desk

Once able to handle 700,000 passengers per year, the Yasser Arafat International Airport now lies in ruins.

"For us, Palestinians from Gaza, it was a dream, a gate to the world. And this gate was beautiful," Gaza journalist Ibrahim told Maan News.

Inaugurated in 1998, the Yasser Arafat International Airport had a short lifespan. Despite formerly having the capacity to handle 700,000 passengers per year, most of the airport was destroyed by Israel in 2001 during the second intifada.

Once boasting former US President Bill Clinton as a guest, the debris of the airport now stands as a symbol of Gaza's broken connection to the world, and Palestinian statehood.

[Photos courtesy of Maan]

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William
William - 6 yıl Before

It's a sad sight. Gaza should rebuild the airport and demand that the international community prevent it from being destroyed.

Oliver Stieber
Oliver Stieber - 6 yıl Before

isreal has broken over 20 UN thing-a-me-bobs and no one give a toss. also they used white phosporous as an insenjury in highly populated areas, reportadly a war crime.