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Gaza blockade opens door for ‘new war’: UNRWA

16 Mar

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Middle East Monitor report, 15 March 2015
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has warned of the ramification of the ongoing Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, saying it could open the way for a “new war” in the region.

Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza Robert Turner said at a press briefing that his agency was extremely concerned over the continued Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip and also delay in the reconstruction of the Palestinian territory.

He described conditions in the Gaza Strip as “very bad.”

He said the a “new war” would be inescapable if the blockade was not lifted and the Gaza Strip reconstructed.

Turner went on to assert that UNRWA had sought to improve conditions in the coastal territory and reduce the number of Palestinian refugees seeking shelter at UNRWA-run schools across Gaza.

He also called on donor countries to honor financial pledges they made for Gaza during a conference held in Egyptian capital Cairo in October of 2014.

UNRWA, Turner said, had plans to build 7,000 houses in Gaza. However, he added, only funds for the construction of 200 houses were available.

Israel’s latest offensive on the Gaza Strip left thousands of Palestinian homes and public facilities either in total or partial ruin.

The offensive, which was launched for 51 days in July and August of 2014, also left 2,160 Gaza residents dead – mostly civilians – and more than 11,000 others injured.

Severe floods in Gaza: UNRWA declares state of emergency

28 Nov

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UNRWA declares state of emergency in Gaza amid severe flooding

Ma’an News Agency report, 28 November 2014.

A major storm over the past week has filled the streets of Gaza City with water and sewage, causing further misery for the more than 100,000 Palestinians left homeless — including nearly 30,000 still staying in emergency shelters — from Israel’s massive offensive over summer that also left nearly 2,200 dead.

UNRWA said in a statement that 63 schools across Gaza City and 43 schools across the Northern Gaza Strip governorate had been closed Thursday due to the flooding.

Hundreds of residents in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City had also been evacuated due to the rise of a “storm water lagoon” that had flooded many homes in the area.

“The flooding is exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza caused by blockade and the unprecedented destruction from the latest Israeli offensive,” the UN agency said in a post on its Facebook.

The agency, which is already massively stretched due to the summer’s conflict, said that it was “providing emergency fuel to supply back-up generators for pumping stations, portable pumps, municipalities, water, sanitation and health facilities.”

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