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UN: 2,500 Gazans homeless due to Israeli strikes, power supply reduced to 6-8 hours a day

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

An excavator clears the rubble of a destroyed building in Gaza City's Rimal residential district on May 16, 2021. (Mahmud Hams / AFP)
An excavator clears the rubble of a destroyed building in Gaza City's Rimal residential district on May 16, 2021. (Mahmud Hams / AFP)

A spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres tells reporters at a briefing that the UN has received reports of over 38,000 internally displaced people seeking protection in 48 schools run by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) across the Gaza Strip and over 2,500 people who have been made homeless, due to the destruction of their homes.

Forty-one education facilities — including schools, two kindergartens, an UNRWA vocational center, and a higher education facility — have been damaged, according to our people on the ground, the spokesperson says.

“The power supply across Gaza has been reduced to six to eight hours per day, on average, with a number of feeder lines not functioning. That, in turn, disrupts the provision of healthcare and other basic services, including water, hygiene and sanitation,” the spokesperson says.

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