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Jan 9, 2015

04:40:42 GMT--Snow Storm - Middle-East - Palestinian Territory

EDIS Number: SS-20150108-46598-PSE

Date / time: 08/01/2015 04:39:36 [UTC]

Event: Snow Storm

Area: Middle-East

Country: Palestinian Territory

State/County: West Bank

Location: [Huda region]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


Hundreds of Palestinians have evacuated their homes in the besieged Gaza Strip following the outset of a heavy winter storm. According to Palestinian sources on Wednesday, hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were forced to leave their homes which were heavily flooded by the storm called "Huda." Meanwhile, Gaza Municipality warned that the storm can further destroy the infrastructure in the besieged strip which was considerably devastated during the Israeli attack last summer. The winter storm can bring about a humanitarian crisis as Gaza is still beset with various problems including power shortage, added the municipality. Reports say that Huda has also hit Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Israel unleashed aerial attacks on Gaza in July 2014 and later expanded its military campaign with a ground invasion of the Palestinian coastal enclave. Over 2,140 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in the Israeli onslaught. Over 11,100 others, including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people, were also injured. The assault also destroyed thousands of homes, leaving around 170,000 Palestinians displaced. Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, which is a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

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