Intense heat in Gaza could worsen health crisis for Palestinians, WHO warns

Palestinians enjoy a day along the Mediterranean Sea during a heat wave at Khan Younis beach, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, May 20, 2024. (AP/Saher Alghorra)
Palestinians enjoy a day along the Mediterranean Sea during a heat wave at Khan Younis beach, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, May 20, 2024. (AP/Saher Alghorra)

The World Health Organization warns that scorching heat in the Gaza Strip could exacerbate health problems for Palestinians displaced in the heavy fighting between Israel and the Hamas terror group.

“We’ve seen massive displacement over the last weeks and months, and we know that combination and the heat can cause a rise in diseases,” says Richard Peeperkorn, WHO’s representative for Gaza and the West Bank.

“We have water contamination because of hot water, and we will have much more food spoilage because of the high temperature. We will get insect mosquitoes and flies, dehydration, heat stroke,” he says.

Extreme heat has killed hundreds worldwide as the northern hemisphere summer begins.

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