"Rapid and terrifying" deterioration of humanitarian situation in Gaza

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The humanitarian situation in Gaza is deteriorating at a "rapid and terrifying" pace, according to Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the UN's Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

He told Patrick Maigua that a school sheltering civilians had come under fire killing many civilians, including children.

This is a "flagrant violation" of humanitarian law, Laerke said, adding that the parties to the conflict must stop the fighting and "put people first".

One thousand one hundred and seventy-six Palestinians have been killed by the violence so far. Eight hundred and forty-six of the casualties are civilians, 247 children.

The UN is sheltering 200,000 of the 250,000 displaced people in Gaza.

Mr Laerke began by giving an update of the situation on the ground.

Duration: 4'59''

 

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