‘75,000 Gazans homeless after 2014 war’
The United Nations says some 75,000 Palestinians are still internally displaced in the Gaza Strip less than two years after the Israeli military’s 50-day war on the besieged enclave.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) announced in a report released on Monday that nearly 500,000 Gazans, amounting to 28 percent of the population, were uprooted from their homes in Israel’s 2014 war.
The displaced had to take refuge in the schools set up by the local administration and UN aid workers as well as unofficial shelters and homes of host families, according to the report.
The report added that 23 percent of Gazans are still living in rubble of their destroyed homes, and nearly half of the displaced families (47 percent) do not have enough food to eat.
Additionally, three in four Gazans depend on trucked water because of inadequate clean water supplies from taps.
The UNOCHA further said more than 1,500 children were orphaned in the 2014 war, and that 551 children lost their lives and another 3,436 sustained injuries. A large number of the injured Gazan children are now coping with life-long disabilities.
The report went on to say that nearly one in six displaced children has been suffering from increased psycho-social distress since the 2014 war, but only six percent have received psycho-social support.
More than 30 percent of internally displaced women live in tents, makeshift shelters, destroyed houses and the open air, it added.
The UNOCHA estimated that some 70,000 units need to be constructed in the Gaza Strip to catch up on natural growth and the swelling effects of the 2014 war. The UN body expressed concern over Israeli regime’s restrictions on the import of cement into the blockaded Palestinian enclave.
In the summer of 2014, the Israeli regime launched its latest war on Gaza. More than 2,200 Palestinians were killed in the onslaught.
The deadly 50-day offensive against the Palestinian coastal sliver ended in late August 2014 with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations between representatives from the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Israel in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
The UN has decried the Israeli devastation and human suffering left behind by the offensives in Gaza as “unprecedented.”
The UK-based international charity organization Oxfam has warned that rebuilding the territory would take more than 100 years with an Israeli blockade in place.
Nearly two years later, Israel continues with its occasional acts of aggression against Gaza, which have taken more Palestinian lives.
Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.