The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations announced that at least 263,000 Palestinians have been displaced from their homes in the Gaza Strip due to the ongoing Israeli bombardment.
The UN office – in a statement – said this number is likely to rise, warning that meeting basic needs has become more difficult for those who have not been displaced.
For its part,the UNRWA, the agency of the UN for humanitarian aid and projectsamong Palestinian refugees) confirmed the displacement of about 250,000 Palestinians inside Gaza.
UNRWA said most of these displaced people have taken refuge in the agency’s schools and are living in difficult conditions.
The data indicates 175,000 of the displaced have taken shelter in 88 UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip.
More than 14,000 have taken refuge in 12 government schools, while it is believed about 74,000 are staying with relatives, neighbors, or have taken shelter in churches and other facilities.
The UN Management of the Humanitarian Affairs Office- citing Palestinian sources – reported that Israeli bombardment on Gaza has destroyed more than 1,000 housing units, while another 560 units have been damaged and rendered uninhabitable.
Since the Palestinian resistance launched operation “Al-Quds Sword” last Saturday, the Israeli army has launched a massive bombing campaign that has so far resulted in the martyrdom of nearly 1,000 Palestinians and injured 5,000 others.