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UN: Rising temperatures might worsen health situation in Gaza

United Nations, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Rising temperatures could worsen Rafah´s present health crisis, a warning issued by the UN as concerns grow about living conditions of refugees and the risk of a new Israeli invasion.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over one million Palestinians remain in Rafah living in dire conditions given the lack of tents as thermometers reaches 40 degrees Celsius.

Families are living under scrap plastic sheeting because they have nothing else to use to protect themselves from harsh weather, OCHA added.

In a recent update, OCHA urged respect for the obligations of the parties involved in the conflict to protect population and their property.

Regardless of whether they move or stay, civilians must be protected and must receive essentials they need to survive, such as food, shelter, medical care and other support, OCHA stated.

This week, OCHA reiterated its complaints about the lack of access to the northern Strip after its missions were unable to get access to that portion because of the closure of Israeli army checkpoints on two roads.

According to estimates, Tel Aviv authorities denied over one-third of aid missions to Gaza in past April.

The World Health Organization (WHO), on the other hand, agreed that operations to support hospitals working to restore services were extremely difficult.

WHO documented that as many as 890 attacks have been condicted on medical services in the occupied Palestinian territory since October 7, 443 of them in Gaza.

According toWHO, 32 out of 36 hospitals in Gaza were ravaged while 446 attacks on health care were reported in the West Bank.

According to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), 160 of its premises were damaged or completely destroyed.

UNRWA High Commissioner Philippe Lazzarini announced this week a request to the UNSC in order to investigate Israel’s blatant disregard for UN operations in Gaza.