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Oxfam warns food, water running perilously low in Gaza

Published on Jul 24, 2014 6:29 AM
A displaced Palestinian girl carries a fresh water jerrycan at a school used as a shelter in Gaza City on July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Thousands of Palestinians have fled their homes but have nowhere safe to shelter from Israeli airstrikes, charity Oxfam said on Wednesday, warning supplies of water and food are dangerously low.

Over 120,000 people are displaced but are prevented from escaping violence because borders with Israel and Egypt are shut, Oxfam said.

"The terrible toll on civilians is shocking. Hospitals and water supplies are under massive strain and the needs are increasing by the day. People are fleeing terrified," said Nishant Pandey, Oxfam's head in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel.

Normally such crises would cause people to flee the area, but this was impossible as the blockade prevented people escaping the violence, Pandey said.

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