Over 485,000 People Displaced in Gaza, says PLO’s Gaza Under Fire Report

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RAMALLAH, August 11, 2014 (WAFA) – “Over 485,000 people have been displaced (almost one third of the Gaza population) –1,700,000 people (the entire population of the Gaza Strip) have been affected by the destruction of electricity, water and waste water infrastructures,” Monday said the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Gaza Under Fire Report.

“A temporary ceasefire of 72 hours has been reached. Minutes before the ceasefire went into effect on Monday midnight, Israeli occupation forces targeted Khan Younes killing at least 2 Palestinians and injuring several others. While the Israeli military troops are withdrawing from Gaza, Israel continues to maintain its occupation by controlling maritime borders, sea space and also Gaza’s connection with the rest of Occupied Palestine,” the report said.

“Israel continues to deliberately target civilians. Since July 8th Israeli Forces have killed over 1940 people (including at least 467 children, 243 women and 87 elderly) and injured over 9890 people (including at least 3009 children, 1912 women and 359 elderly). At least 16,735 buildings cannot be inhabited and another 41,420 buildings have been damaged. At least 277 schools have been damaged by Israeli attacks; including: 141 government schools and 136 UNRWA schools,” added the PLO’s report.

“Over 485.000 people began to return to their areas of residence, in many cases to find their homes completely destroyed or simply not fit for living. There is no safe place for civilians in Gaza. Public and private sectors, including schools (governmental, UNRWA and private), places of worship, hospitals, ministries, heritage sites, factories, agricultural areas, fisheries and farms among others were all targeted and extensively damaged. Many of those who returned to their homes are fleeing once again due to the resumption of the attacks.”

The PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department underscored that “Israeli disregard to the lives of Palestinians have resulted in the killing of hundreds. Instead of learning from previous experiences, some countries gave green light to Israeli forces to bombard and invade the Gaza Strip.”

“The international community has the legal and moral responsibility to protect the Palestinian population living under Israeli occupation and to hold Israel accountable regarding its severe violations of the international humanitarian law. Lack of accountability will continue to fuel Israeli atrocities and crimes. Lack of international action will continue to increase the list of people killed.”

The report further stressed: “The international community must hold Israel responsible for its crimes.”

Following are statistics of the latest casualties and destruction by Israel in Gaza, as detailed in the report:

“Statistics of 34 Days of Israeli Aggression against the Gaza Strip

July 8th at 00:00 AM – August 11th that 12:00 PM

-Palestinians killed: 1,939

-Palestinians Injured: 9,886

-Demolished Structures: 8,800

-Partially Demolished Structures: 7,935

-Damaged Homes: 41,420

-Schools Damaged: 141 Government Schools and 136 UNRWA Schools

-Damaged Hospitals and Health Centers – 17 hospitals and 7 PHC clinics were damaged, 10 hospitals and 44 primary health clinics were closed, 22 ambulances were damaged, and 83 health personnel injured, 21 health personnel died after Israeli airstrikes.

-Attacks against Religious Sites – 63 mosques cannot be used and 150 have been partially damaged. Ten Muslim cemeteries have been targeted. Two Churches and one Christian cemetery have been Partially Damaged.

Over 485,000 people have been displaced (almost one third of the Gaza population) –1,700,000 people (the entire population of the Gaza Strip) have been affected by the destruction of electricity, water and waste water infrastructures.”

Source: WAFA