A Palestinian minister has called on the international community to help the Palestinian unity government deal with the disastrous situation in Gaza, Press TV reports.
“We have to stop this and we have to ask the whole world…to stop this violence and to make a ceasefire immediately now and not tomorrow, in this minute, because the situation is going to…[lead] to a disaster for our people in the Gaza Strip,” Palestinian Minister of Public Works and Housing Mofid al-Hasayna said in an interview with Press TV.
The official went on to highlight the deplorable living conditions in Gaza as Israel continues its onslaught against the Palestinians.
As many as 4,987 Palestinian homes have been destroyed as of Monday and a total number of 26,270 houses have been partially damaged, of which 4,136 are no longer habitable.
“You see people are sleeping in hospitals, sleeping in schools…a lot of people are living right now on the streets. This is miserable. This does not have to be like this for the Palestinian people. Our circumstances are very, very tough,” the minister added.
The United Nations reported on Tuesday that 215,000 Gazans have fled their homes, taking shelter in UN-designated shelters due to the Israeli blockade.
“We’re trying to help people but the situation is very tough because we don’t have…buildings to keep these [displaced] people. They’re in schools…. The thing is bigger than us, even bigger than the government,” al-Hasayna said.
Since July 8, Israel has been pounding the Gaza Strip. The air, sea and land strikes by Israel have so far killed at least 1,300 people and injured thousands of others in the coastal sliver.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel. While Israel says 53 Israeli soldiers have been killed in the war, Hamas puts the number at around 100.