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15:48, 17 August 2014 Sunday

UN: 218,000 Palestinians forcibly displaced by Israel in Gaza

UN: 218,000 Palestinians forcibly displaced by Israel in Gaza

The heavy civilian losses and the destruction of thousands of homes in Gaza - where the United Nations thousands of a population of 1.8 million had been displaced by the war - have stoked international alarm.



Thousands of Palestinians have been forcibly displaced from their own and only homes due to the ongoing Israeli military offensive that has been rocking besieged Gaza for over a month, a UN report revealed on Saturday.

According to a statement released on Saturday by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA), the rate of Palestinians who have been displaced due to mounting Israeli acts of terror in Gaza has gone up to 218,000, all sheltering in 87 UN-run schools across the Gaza Strip.

Earlier, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Gaza Under Fire Report announced “Over 485,000 people have been displaced (almost one third of the Gaza population) –1,800,000 people (the entire population of the Gaza Strip) have been affected by the destruction of electricity, water and waste water infrastructures.”

According to the UN report, alternative housing is currently needed for the approximately 100,000 people whose homes have either been completely destroyed or severely damaged.

A total of 230 schools have sustained some degree of damage, including 90 UNRWA schools. 25 schools have been razed to the ground, OCHA added.

According to the report, cash assistance of more than US$68 million is needed for some 16,792 families to cover rental fees and urgent expenses after having fallen prey to severe damage throughout the Gaza offensive.

OCHA warned of the deadly risks lying ahead of Gaza civilians, particularly children, farmers, rescue staffs, and refugees, due to the thousands of rocket-propelled grenades and unexploded ordnance left in residential communities and Gaza-based UN-run facilities.

The United Nations put the number of displaced Gazans' number 425,000 before the ceasefire.



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