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Palestinians displaced and sheltered in UNRWA schools

Ruba Shabit

Press TV, Gaza

The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that Israel's onslaught on the Gaza Strip has left more than 52,000 Palestinians displaced and nearly 450 buildings destroyed or badly damaged in the impoverished enclave.

According to the UN humanitarian agency, 132 buildings had been destroyed and 316 had been severely damaged, including six hospitals and nine primary healthcare centers as well as a desalination plant, affecting access to drinking water for about 250,000 people.

Abu Mohammed, the father of a family that had to leave their home due to the massive bombing in northern parts of the enclave, described the life in UNRWA schools as catastrophic. He and his family escaped the airstrikes on foot at midnight. He says doesn't feel at home at the UN schools.

In addition to the displacement and psychological trauma, Palestinians in the UNRWA schools are in danger of the spread of COVID-19 among those seeking shelter. Mohammed, a 12 year-old Palestinians who found shelter with his family in one of the UNRWA schools

The World Health Organization has already raised the alarm about a severe shortage of medical supplies, a risk of water-borne diseases, and the spread of COVID-19 among the displaced people in the Gaza Strip.

Human rights groups have already pointed to the worsening humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip warning that basic service sectors might collapse in the enclave.

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