Heavy rain struck Gaza on Tuesday, compounding challenges for Palestinians already grappling with homelessness in makeshift tents following weeks of Israeli bombardment. The onset of the rainy season heightened fears of potential flooding, posing a threat to Gaza’s densely populated enclave. Concerns loom over the strain on the sewage system and the risk of disease outbreaks.
In Khan Younis, southern Gaza, residents at a UN shelter woke to disappointment as the rain soaked the clothes they had set out to dry overnight. Fayeza Srour, displaced from a concrete house to a tent due to the military offensive sparked by the Oct. 7 Hamas incursion into southern Israel, expressed the distressing reality of their situation.
“We were in a house built of concrete, and now we are in a tent,” Srour lamented. The dire conditions underscore the urgent need for humanitarian assistance in the region as Palestinians face the compounding challenges brought about by both conflict and adverse weather conditions.
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