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UN Survey Highlights Difficult Conditions For Families In Gaza

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UNITED NATIONS – More than 80 per cent of Palestinian families borrowed money
to get by in 2015, and over 40 per cent have decreased their consumption of
food, a UN spokesman said here Monday at a daily news briefing.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the
occupied Palestinian territory released the findings of an unprecedented survey
of Palestinian families internally displaced in the Gaza Strip, due to the 2014
escalation of hostilities, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

According to the survey, “nearly half fear being evicted from their
accommodation,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

“The situation of women and girls is of particular concern, with many
families reporting living in conditions without safety, dignity and privacy,
including in tents, makeshift shelters, destroyed houses, or outdoors,” he

The late 2015 witnessed an outbreak of violence between Israel and the

About 130 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured in the West Bank,
east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, while about 20 Israelis were killed in a
series of shooting, stabbing and cars ramming attacks carried out by Palestinian

Throughout 2015, there were no serious actions to resume the peace talks
between Israel and the Palestinians, which had been stalled since 2014.

The talks lasted for nine months under the US sponsorship, but it failed in
early 2014, due to deep differences between the two sides over borders and
settlement. – BERNAMA


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