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Thursday, July 24, 2014
UN humanitarian chief: safety in Gaza 'almost impossible'
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos expressed deep concern Thursday about the mounting civilian casualties in Gaza, warning that it was "almost impossible" for Palestinians to shelter from Israeli airstrikes.
"The reality in Gaza is, it doesn't matter how hard Israel tries to minimise harm, this is an extremely overcrowded stretch of land," Amos told BBC radio.
"Forty-four percent of that land has been declared a no-go zone by the Israeli army so there aren't that many places for people to go."
She described "people crowded into a sliver of land, almost impossible for them to move".
The United Nations said on Wednesday that three quarters of those killed were civilians and one third of those were children -- the equivalent of one child killed each hour over the previous two days.
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