It is estimated that there are 37 million tons of debris in the enclave; the number of unactivated projectiles is still unknown

The UN (United Nations) estimated this Friday (April 26, 2024) that cleaning up the rubble in the Gaza Strip will take 14 years under certain conditions. As a result of Israeli bombings in the war against Hamas, it is estimated that there are around 37 million tons of debris in the enclave.

United Nations Mine Action Service expert Pehr Lodhammar said it was not yet possible to determine exactly the number of unexploded ordnance in Gaza. The conflict began on October 7 last year, after an attack by the extremist group. Here is the full statement (PDF – 668 kB).

According to Lodhammar, 10% of the explosives fired against the Gaza Strip by the IDF (Israel Defense Forces, in Portuguese) are not activated, requiring around 100 trucks to remove the projectiles.

It is also estimated that more than 2/3 of the Palestinian population residing in the region has been placed under evacuation orders since the Hamas attacks against Israel on October 7 and the consequent Israeli counterattack on the enclave.

UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, in Portuguese) states that 1.5 million people in Gaza live in precarious conditions. The population has limited access to drinking water and sometimes uses salt water to alleviate the region’s 40°C heat. Here is the full note (PDF – 331 kB).


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