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Situation report update, August 2014

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2 August 2014 - Dr Mahmoud Daher, head of WHO Gaza sub-office and UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl, visit a child in Shifa Hospital who was injured in the shelling of an UNRWA shelter in Jabalya. Photo credit: WHO.Dr Mahmoud Daher, head of WHO Gaza sub-office and UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl, visit a child in Shifa Hospital who was injured in the shelling of an UNRWA shelter in Jabalya. Photo credit: WHO.The public health situation in Gaza has continued to deteriorate and the health system is nearing collapse. Multiple health facilities are closed and remaining health services are severely overstretched. Displacement of over 400 000 people now living in overcrowded conditions, coupled with inadequate water and sanitation, poses serious risks for communciable disease outbreaks.

Days of intense violence that followed the end of the 12-hour ceasefire on 27 July (coinciding with the Moslem feast of Eid al-Fitr) resulted in a steep rise in casualties and additional displacement from bombarded areas. On 28 July, Gaza’s only power plant was destroyed which caused blackouts, and largely ummobilized water and sanitation systems.

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