Nearly 270,000 Palestinians "traumatized" by conflict in Gaza

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Thousands of people displaced by the ongoing conflict in Gaza are deeply traumatized and live in fear, according to the Spokesperson for the UN Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees UNRWA.

Chris Gunness told UN Radio on Monday that during what is called "the seven hour window" announced by Israel in Gaza, the urgency is to resupply the shelters in which the displaced people have sought refuge.

Mr. Gunness said that UNRWA is using the period of calm to get food and water, which he described as the "absolute essentials of life" to as many of these shelters as possible.

"There are nearly 270,000 displaced people in 90 UNRWA shelters across the Gaza Strip. These people are deeply traumatized and leaving in fear because we have seen that even a UN safe shelter, and I hate to use the word 'safe' because it's such a misnomer, where thousands of people have taken refuge, even they are being hit. So there is nowhere that you can run in Gaza because there is a fence around it and now there is nowhere safe in Gaza and that's been shown beyond all doubt." (26")

Chris Gunness said that the situation has become very difficult for the thousands of families who are now crammed in schools in Gaza.

He pointed out that the displaced people also need sanitation and hygiene equipment as well as mattresses, blankets and basic needs for accommodation.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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