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UN agency in Gaza says there have been 63 direct hits on its facilities since war began

From CNN's Niamh Kennedy and Sana Noor

The UN’s main agency in Gaza says there have been 220 incidents involving its premises, including 63 direct hits during the three-month-long war.

In a situation report published Monday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) also said there had been 23 incidents of “military use and/or interference” at UNRWA facilities since October 7. It did not say who was responsible.

As of January 6, 146 of its employees have been killed, the UN agency added.

UNRWA has more than 30,000 staff, most of whom are Palestinian refugees, according to its website. More than 13,000 staff members are based in the Gaza Strip, according to agency statistics.

One of its two headquarter offices is located in the Gaza Strip.

The agency’s shelters are still harboring huge numbers of internally displaced Palestinians, the report said, highlighting that the average shelter is currently housing four times its capacity.

As of January 2, close to 1.4 million internally displaced people were sheltering in 155 UNRWA installations, the report said.

The agency’s chief, Philippe Lazzarini, highlighted the devastating impact of the conflict in a recent social media post, saying Gaza is “simply becoming uninhabitable.”

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