UN Says War Took Toll on Gaza Clean Water Access

The United Nations says approximately 800;000 people in Gaza do not have regular access to clean piped water; as nearly 50 percent of the water network was damaged in the recent fighting.

Quoting Gaza’s public works and housing ministry; the UN ‘s office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs also said nearly 17;000 residential and commercial units have been in damage in the 11-day campaign.

These include 769 housing and commercial units that have been rendered uninhabitable; at least 1;042 units in some 258 buildings which also destroyed and another 14;538 units that have suffered minor damage; according to The Associated Press.

A cease-fire took effect Friday after an 11-day campaign that left more than 250 dead — the vast majority Palestinians — and brought widespread devastation to the already impoverished Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

The UN said 53 education facilities; six hospitals and 11 primary health care centers have been since May 10.

One health center was severely damaged; the UN said; while one hospital is not operational because of lack of electricity. Schools in Gaza remain closed; affecting almost 600;000 children.