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Three Palestinians injured as house ceiling collapses in Gaza

June 7, 2016 10:09 P.M. (Updated: June 8, 2016 10:32 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were injured when part of the ceiling of their house collapsed in the Khan Yunis district of the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

Palestinian sources said that the house belonged to Muhammad Lahham.

Lahham and two of his sons were injured with light to moderate wounds during the incident, and were taken to the Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis, the sources added.

The Gaza Strip has seen three wars with Israel since 2008, with Israel's 2014 offensive destroying 12,600 homes, and leaving another 6,500 severely damaged and 150,000 housing units uninhabitable.

According to the UN, 75,000 Palestinians remained homeless in the blockaded Gaza Strip nearly two years after Israel's last devastating offensive in 2014, which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians.

Reconstruction efforts have been painfully slow -- hindered by Israel's stringent siege on the small Palestinian territory, ongoing disputes with the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, and a severe shortage of foreign assistance.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has played a leading role in rebuilding destroyed homes in the beleaguered coastal enclave, but said that of the $720 million required for its emergency shelter program, donor countries have pledged only $247 million.

The UN warned in September that if current trends were to continue unchanged in Gaza, the territory would be uninhabitable by 2020.

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