UNRWA: 20 years are not enough to rebuild Gaza

UNRWA spokesperson Jonathan Fowler said on June 10 that the level of destruction caused by the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip is very large, and it will take more than 20 years to erase it and rebuild.

Fowler attributed the difficulty of the reconstruction process in Gaza to the very large level of destruction, as many areas in Gaza have been turned into hills and piles of rubble and debris, in addition to people living among the rubble and places full of bombs and unexploded ordnance.

Fowler explained in an interview reported by Wafa news agency that UNRWA has paid an extraordinary price as a result of the war, and has lost 192 of its employees since October 7, a number not witnessed since the establishment of the United Nations in 1945.

He pointed out that about 170 UNRWA facilities in the Gaza Strip were bombed and sustained varying degrees of damage.

He added that about 450 citizens were killed, and more than 1,400 others were injured in Israeli raids on or near UNRWA facilities since the beginning of the aggression.

Fowler said there is a pattern of Israeli disregard for the UN flag and its locations. “There is no ambiguity about where our sites are located, and yet we have seen direct strikes on our buildings.”  


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