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UN: 70 percent of Gaza's population has become displaced.

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New York, November 07, 2023 (LANA) - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) revealed that, 70 percent of the population of the Gaza Strip have become displaced, and most of them live in horrific conditions in United Nations shelters.

     Tamara Al-Rifai, Director of External Relations at UNRWA, said, “1.5 million people were forcibly displaced from Gaza, so we are talking about 70 percent of the people who were displaced far from their homes.”

    UNRWA said in a statement yesterday, Monday, that nearly 1.5 million people have been displaced since October 7, and nearly half of them (717,000) reside in 149 facilities affiliated with the agency in all five governorates of Gaza, including in the north.

     It also explained that, more than 557,000 displaced persons were residing in 92 facilities in the central, Khan Yunis, and Rafah regions, and nearly 160,000 displaced persons were residing in 57 UNRWA schools, in the northern and Gaza regions until October 12, 2023, before the Israeli enemy issued the evacuation order, noting that “ UNRWA is unable to access these shelters to assist or protect the displaced and has no information about their needs and conditions''.

     UNRWA described the conditions in its crowded facilities as inhumane and deteriorating, and warned that it was at risk of turning the situation into a public health crisis, due to damage to the water and sanitation infrastructure.

    UNRWA indicated that the decomposition of bodies, under collapsed buildings amid limited rescue efforts, raises humanitarian and environmental concerns.