Hammam Samra is a tourist and therapeutic attraction with an area of about 500 meters (Communication)

The Palestinian Ministry of Culture said on Saturday that the Israeli bombardment of Gaza completely destroyed the only remaining archaeological bath in the Strip, which dates back nearly a thousand years.

"Israeli occupation warplanes bombed Hammam al-Samra in the center of Gaza City and completely destroyed it," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said in a statement that the area of the bathroom is "about 500 meters, and it is considered a tourist and therapeutic attraction at the same time. The first people who did it were the Samaritans, hence it began to be called Hammam al-Samra."

The ministry posted on its Facebook page photos of the bathroom before and after the shelling.

Israel has been bombing the Gaza Strip since the seventh of last October after a Hamas attack on settlements and Israeli army camps in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza says the Israeli offensive on the territory has so far killed more than 21,600 Palestinians, mostly children and women, in addition to thousands missing under the rubble.

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) called on UNESCO and other international organizations concerned with the protection of archaeological and historical sites to stand up to the crime of the occupation army's deliberate targeting of most of the historical sites and monuments in the Gaza Strip.

She added in a statement that the occupation targeted more than 200 historical archaeological sites dating back to ancient times and eras, witnessing the nobility, authenticity and heritage of the Palestinian people, in an attempt to obliterate the national cultural identity.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military on its targeting of the ancient Samra bath.

Source: Reuters