52K Palestinians take refuge at schools run by UNRWA in Gaza Strip

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Amidst a conflict between Israel and Palestine, on May 19, nearly 52,000 Palestinians took refuge at schools run by United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza Strip.

The Israeli airstrikes have wrecked or badly damaged nearly 450 buildings in the Gaza Strip displacing nearly 52 thousand Palestinians, the UN aid agency said. Out of those 52 thousand residents, nearly 47 thousand have sought sanctuary in 58 U.N.-run schools in Gaza. A spokesperson for the United Nations Office gave this lead for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva.

Evidently, 132 buildings had been destroyed and 316 had been severely damaged, said Jean Laerke, a spokesperson for The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which includes six hospitals and nine primary healthcare centers as well a desalination plant, striking on access to drinking water for about 250,000 people.

The UN and its humanitarian partners are equipping all the help to displaced families. However, there is a severe shortage of medical supplies, risk of waterborne disease, and risk of spread of Covid-19 among refugees.

Meanwhile, Israel fighter jets carried out at least 1,615 airstrikes attacking homes, government buildings in the last nine days on the Gaza Strip, the government press office said.

The Israeli military said in a statement that they sent 60 fighter jets to bomb underground tunnels belonging to Hamas in Gaza while over 100 missiles were fired in 35 minutes early on Tuesday morning.

For the time being, militant groups led by Hamas fired over 100 rockets from Gaza at Israeli towns and cities, but 70 of them were intercepted, the statement added.

According to a statement by the health ministry in Gaza, 213 Palestinians, including 61 children and 36 women, were killed and 1,442 others injured in the recent Israeli air attacks on the besieged Palestinian enclave.

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