Bronze Age site in Gaza endangered by desperate need for housing

Archaeologists in the Gaza Strip have managed to stop the destruction of a unique Bronze Age site - for now.

by

    Archaeologists in the Gaza Strip have managed to stop the destruction of a unique Bronze Age site - for now.

    Discovered nearly 20 years ago, the site offers a glimpse into what life in the region might have been like thousands of years ago - but Palestinian officials have earmarked the site for residential development.

    But Ibrahim Radwan from the housing ministry notes, "Gaza is the most populated area in the world" and the need for housing is quite severe. He says it will be necessary to "compromise between the need for housing and the need to respect the history".

    Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Gaza.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.