At least 63 employees of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees killed in Gaza
Eva Deschamps / October 31, 2023
Since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas on October 7, 63 employees of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) have already lost their lives in the Gaza Strip. Ten aid workers have been killed in the last 72 hours, according to this new toll released by the agency on its website on Monday.
At least 22 UNRWA staff were also injured. Since October 7, 44 UNRWA facilities have also been destroyed. Of its 22 health centers, only nine are still operational, the UN agency said, warning that the provision of health care is made even more difficult by the very low fuel supply.
The UN agency had previously reported that several of its warehouses had been looted. "Due to the very limited aid available and overcrowded shelters, growing tensions are being reported within the displaced communities," it stressed. Some 672,000 refugees are living in 149 UNRWA facilities across the Gaza Strip, "in increasingly difficult conditions". "The ability to provide vital assistance was further hampered by the 36-hour communications blackout between October 27 and 29", UNRWA added.
In all, an estimated 1.4 million people have been displaced in the Gaza Strip. Over 120,000 of them have taken refuge in public buildings such as hospitals and schools.
"The aid currently available is insufficient to meet the most basic needs of displaced people and the communities hosting them", warns the UN agency.