Diplomats witness living conditions of Palestinians in Gaza

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Palestinian family in Gaza. © Photographer Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives

Some twenty diplomats from nine countries have visited the Gaza Strip to better understand the situation facing thousands of Palestinians this winter, according to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

A 50-day conflict which started last July between Israel and the Palestinian faction, Hamas led to the deaths of 2000 Palestinians and 70 Israelis as well as widespread destruction of property.

An ongoing blockade since 2007 also continues to impact all aspects of daily Palestinian life.

During their visit, the diplomats met with displaced Palestinians and discussed the need for long-term solutions for the coastal enclave.

Many are living in makeshift shelters or pre-fabricated housing units which are vulnerable to the cold and rainy winter weather.

By the end of January, UNRWA says it will run out of money for repair and rental subsidies, which will have what it called a "disastrous" impact on families.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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