Friday, 19 December 2014

Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel


A rocket fired from he Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Friday, with no damage or injuries reported, Israel's army said.

A rocket siren sounded in the Eshkol regional council at around noon, with residents reporting blasts shortly afterwards.

Israeli army forces searching the area found a rocket in an open area.

Another rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel on Nov. 1.

On Nov. 23, Fadil Muhammad Halawah, 32, was hunting birds east of Jabaliya when Israeli soldiers shot him dead. more

Warning on funds, UN doubles estimate of destroyed Gaza homes


The UN warned Thursday it was running out of funds to house families in Gaza, as it doubled its estimate of the number of homes damaged or destroyed in this summer's war with Israel.

"Unless the situation changes urgently, we will run out of funds in January, meaning we will not be able to provide rental subsidies to many affected families nor provide the support required to carry out repairs," said Robert Turner, the operations director for the UNRWA Palestinian refugee agency.

He said more than 96,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the 50-day war, more than twice the UN's original estimate.

Based on satellite imagery and preliminary field work immediately after the war, "we estimated about 42,000 refugee family shelters had been affected by the war," he said.

"We now know that over 96,000 homes were damaged or destroyed."

Turner said more than 7,000 homes were completely lost, affecting some 10,000 families. An additional 89,000 homes were damaged, about 10,000 of them severely.

UNRWA has estimated $720 million (585 million euros) will be needed to provide rental subsidies to families with no alternative shelter, to rebuild destroyed homes and repair damaged ones.

However, only some $100 million has been pledged. more