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UN: Number of Gaza displaced 'almost doubles' in 24 hours

July 19, 2014 2:35 P.M. (Updated: July 19, 2014 2:35 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (ASP) -- The number of displaced Gazans has almost doubled in the past 24 hours, hitting 40,000 people since Israel began a major ground operation, a UN agency said on Friday.

"The number of people coming to UNRWA seeking sanctuary from the fighting in Gaza has nearly doubled today. It has risen from 22,000 to over 40,000," said Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

"We are accommodating them in 34 UNRWA shelters," he said, adding that the agency had launched an urgent appeal for $60 million to cover the cost of sheltering the displaced over the next month and for other emergency measures to the end of the year.

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