- Published on Oct 30, 2015
The United Nations warns that the cold season is threatening the lives of some 100,000 Gazans who lost their homes during previous Israeli aggression on the besieged Palestinian territory. The UN relief agency responsible for the welfare of Palestinian refugees -UNRWA- revealed families are living under tarpaulins, in animal shacks or with relatives as winter is approaching. UNRWA blamed slow pace of reconstruction in the war-torn Gaza on Israeli blockade and a lack of funds. The agency noted that the number of people receiving UNRWA food aid has risen to 860-thousand from 80-thousand in 15 years. The Israeli aerial and ground attacks in summer 2014 took a heavy toll on Gaza, killing nearly 2200 Palestinians, including more than 500 children. Some 18000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged as a result of the 50-day war.