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United Nations: More than 200 housing units were destroyed in Gaza and 24 schools were damaged


On Friday, the United Nations expressed, through the spokesman for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, its annoyance at the continuing escalation of violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, noting the continued high number of victims on both sides of the conflict in addition to the great suffering of civilians.


The spokesman said at a press conference in Geneva - that massive damage has been reported to civilian property in densely populated areas all over Gaza, as more than 200 housing units were destroyed or severely damaged, pointing out that the international organization's education partners reported that 31 educational facilities, including Schools, vocational training centers and higher education facilities have been affected since the escalation began, while 24 schools have been damaged by air strikes on nearby buildings and sites since May 10.


The spokesman referred to reports of hundreds of people, many of them from refugee camps in Gaza, looking for shelter and shelter in schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Near East, especially in the northern part of the Strip.


Lerka pointed out that UNRWA has experience in quickly converting its schools into shelters, but the challenge lies in the Corona epidemic and the risk of overcrowding and the spread of the virus, in addition to that UNRWA has not yet been able to equip these schools, which have turned into shelters, due to the restrictions imposed on the movement of employees in the past two days.


Lerka noted that the seawater desalination plant in North Gaza is not operational, which affects the access of about 250,000 people to clean drinking water, in addition to another 230,000 people from Gaza City and Khan Yunis who have limited access to piped water due to the increase in power cuts and the damage caused. Networked.


He noted that the current insecurity in the Strip greatly restricts the provision of basic services to the needy, including the response to the Corona epidemic, as the number of tests that are conducted has decreased dramatically and citizens are unable to safely access treatment and vaccination facilities, pointing out that the Israeli authorities closed the Erez crossing. In the north of the Gaza Strip since May 10, including in front of humanitarian workers, as well as the Kerem Shalom crossing in the south, where goods and fuel pass, and he mentioned that due to limited fuel reserves, the only power station in Gaza operates on only two of its four turbines, which leads to an interruption. Daily electrical current for 8-12 hours.


The spokesman stressed the importance of fuel entering the Gaza power plant regularly to maintain adequate energy supplies to ensure basic services work and said that without providing more fuel, it is expected that the fuel will run out in the coming days, which will lead to a significant decrease in the electricity supply, which will affect once again on the Availability of health, water and sanitation services. A spokesperson for the international organization called for an immediate cessation of violence throughout the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, calling on the parties to the conflict to protect civilians and allow humanitarian organizations to arrive to provide assistance safely.

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