UN: Up To 100,000 People In Gaza Face Second Winter In Tents

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A United Nations agency said that up to 100,000 people in Gaza will be forced to spend the winter in tents, shacks and animal shelters.

A spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees said that the refugees in Gaza face a second winter without proper housing, with only one of their homes rebuilt since being damaged or destroyed in Israel attack last year.

Sott net reports: According to the spokesman, some children froze to death in Gaza last year due to inadequate living conditions.

“As the winter approaches, one shudders how these people are going to survive,” the UNRWA spokesman, Christopher Gunness, said in an interview with Reuters last week.

“What these people need is proper homes,” he added.

Many homes in the war-torn area have been demolished by the Israeli military, and a current blockade against shipping materials into the region has prevented anyone from rebuilding.

“The underlying dynamics that saw the war in 2014 are still there. Indeed they’ve probably got worse because in 2014 there weren’t 13,000 families whose homes were uninhabitable. Even if Gaza was reconstructed magically tomorrow morning, unless Gaza is allowed to function economically, then it’s hard to see how the instability is going to go away,” Gunness said.

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