"Gaza is still in crisis, one year after war ended"

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Palestinian families seek shelter at an UNRWA school after evacuating their homes north of the Gaza Strip. Photo: UNRWA.

Gaza is still in crisis one year after conflict ended with Israel, UN humanitarian workers said Tuesday.

As well as 1,462 civilian deaths on the Palestinian side and the six Israelis killed during 51 days of fighting, 100,000 people are now displaced inside Gaza, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

And serious underfunding and an eight-year blockade continue to make matters worse, OCHA says.

Daniel Johnson has more.

One year after the fighting ended with Israel, people living in Gaza are in crisis.

That's the assessment of the UN agency for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The agency says that civilians are still "paying the highest price" for the 51-day conflict – which it calls the most "deadly and destructive escalation" of hostilities since the beginning of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967.

OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke described how civilians were prevented from fleeing the Gaza strip and were left "with no safe place to hide".

And he said that the conflict also resulted in the largest internal displacement recorded in Gaza since 1967, with an estimated 485,000 people on the move at the height of the fighting.

"Today one year on, the message from our colleagues in the humanitarian country team is, despite the end of hostilities on 26 August last year, the crisis has essentially never stopped."

The OCHA spokesperson said "unprecedented levels of death and destruction" continue to traumatise the people of Gaza.

In addition to more than 1,400 civilian deaths on the Palestinian side and six Israeli fatalities, the fighting caused more than $1.4 billion worth of damage to Gaza.

But providing aid to those in need and for rebuilding is proving difficult amid unprecedented funding shortages, OCHA says.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva.

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