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More than 338,000 people displaced in Gaza: UN

Palestinians evacuate a neighbourhood in Gaza Metropolis as raging battles between Israel and the Hamas motion proceed, on October 11, 2023. | Picture: AFP

Greater than 338,000 folks have been compelled to flee their houses within the Gaza Strip, the United Nations mentioned, as heavy Israeli bombardments proceed to hit the Palestinian enclave.

“Mass displacement across the Gaza Strip continues,” the UN humanitarian company OCHA mentioned in a press release despatched on Thursday. By late Wednesday, the variety of displaced folks in Gaza had risen by an extra 75,000 folks from the determine given 24 hours earlier, reaching 338,934, it mentioned.

The announcement got here as Israel pounded Hamas targets within the Gaza Strip — a densely populated enclave of two.3 million folks — in response to the militants’ shock Saturday assault.

Israeli forces mentioned 1,200 folks, most of them civilians, had been killed within the onslaught — the worst within the nation’s historical past. In Gaza, officers reported greater than 1,000 folks have been killed in Israel’s sustained marketing campaign of air and artillery strikes.OCHA mentioned practically 220,000 folks, or two-thirds of the displaced folks, have sought shelter in faculties run by the UN company supporting Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

One other practically 15,000 folks fled to varsities run by the Palestinian Authority, whereas greater than 100,000 had been being sheltered by family, neighbours and a church and different services in Gaza Metropolis. OCHA mentioned that round 3,000 folks had already been displaced throughout the enclave previous to Saturday’s assault.

The bombing marketing campaign has destroyed or rendered uninhabitable no less than 2,540 housing items in Gaza, OCHA mentioned, citing numbers from the Gaza Ministry of Public Works and Housing.

One other 22,850 housing items sustained average to minor injury, it mentioned. The UN company additionally voiced alarm on the vital destruction of civilian infrastructure broken within the shelling.

Amongst different issues, it mentioned sewage services serving greater than one million folks had been hit by air strikes, leaving strong waste accumulating within the streets, posing a well being risk.

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