UN Calls for Lasting Solutions to Crisis in Gaza Following Cease-Fire

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    The World Health Organization has tallied “significant trauma needs” in Palestinian areas, where at least 243 people have been killed during 11 days of fighting between Palestinians and Israelis.

    WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said a total of 8,538 people had been injured across Palestinian areas during the violence, and 30 health facilities in Gaza had been damaged – with one clinic fully destroyed and another sustaining significant damage.

    She said damage to infrastructure was impeding the access of ambulances.

    The comments to a U.N. briefing in Geneva came as humanitarian aid workers assessed the fallout from the latest fighting between Hamas militant fighters and Israeli forces.

    Fabrizio Carboni, regional director for the Near and Middle East at the International Committee of the Red Cross, estimated there were “several hundred” pieces of unexploded ordnance strewn about in Gaza and said medical supplies were a pressing need.

    Matthias Schmale, Gaza director for UNRWA, the U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees, said the truce that came into force early Friday felt fragile, and lamented the “unbearable and unacceptable cost” the fighting has had on Gaza’s civilian population.

    “I know that applies to people in Israel, too,” he added.

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