Gazans bearing brunt of Israel war destruction

Gazans bearing brunt of Israel war destruction

Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:20AM GMT

People in the blockaded Gaza Strip are still suffering from the destruction in the besieged territory caused by a recent Israeli war, Press TV reports.

More than 7,000 refugee homes were completely destroyed in the Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip, affecting some 10,000 Palestinian families. A total of 89,000 homes suffered damage, with about 10,000 having been seriously damaged.

“We don’t know how we are going to rebuild our homes or even pay rent. Our life is so miserable. We can’t live like this for long,” a Gazan told the Press TV correspondent.

People in the blockade area believe that most countries in the world and specially the Arab states have turned a blind eye to their plight.

“After war and the massive destruction I can’t afford to buy even a bag of cement,” the Gazan added.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on Thursday called on international donors to help deal with the unprecedented destruction in the Gaza Strip.

The total funding for rental subsidies, reconstruction and repair in the Gaza Strip is estimated to be USD 720 million, according to the UNRWA.

The UN agency has already received USD 100 million in donations from several countries but needs 620 million more.

“Based on satellite imagery and preliminary field work conducted immediately after the conflict, we estimated about 42,000 refugee family shelters had been affected by the war,” the UNRWA stated.

The latest Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, which started on July 8, ended on August 26 with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital Cairo. The onslaught killed at least 2,140 Palestinians and injured thousands of others.

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