UN agency says Gaza destruction ‘immense’, water crisis looms

Smoke billows from a building hit by an Israeli air strike in the town of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 14, 2014

The UN aid agency for Palestinians on Tuesday described the damage wrought by Israel’s air offensive on Gaza as “immense,” with more than 500 homes razed.

“The level of human losses and destruction in Gaza is really immense,” said UNWRA spokesman Sami Mshasha.
In a separate statement, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the bombing had devastated Gaza’s water supply.

“Hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza are now without water. Within days, the entire population of the Strip may be desperately short of water,” said Jacques de Maio, who heads ICRC operations in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

“Water and electrical services are also affected as a result of the current hostilities. If they do not stop, the question is not if but when an already beleaguered population will face an acute water crisis,” he said in a statement.
“Water is becoming contaminated and sewage is overflowing, bringing a serious risk of disease.”

More details on water crisis here.